Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

Boston Bruins (20-11-6, 46 pts) vs Toronto Maple Leafs ( 14-19-4, 32 pts) @ Air Canada Centre on Sportsnet, 7:00 PM ET

Boston: Tukka Rask (2-7-1, 2.79 GAA)

Toronto: Jonas Gustavsson (5-12-2, 3.04 GAA)

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Reason To Watch: First, I’d like to start by wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. Secondly, if I was the Boston Bruins GM Peter Chairelli, I wouldn’t even be in T.O. tonight. Instead, I would be in Buffalo laughing my ass off about who I’m taking first overall, while turning off my blackberry after the Bruins go up 3-0 in the first period.

Thirdly, why aren’t the Maple Leafs in the Winter Classic. The NBA wouldn’t let the Lakers not play on Christmas, The Cowboys despite their ineptitude remain a staple on Thanksgiving and I doubt there is a fourth of July without the Yanks or Red Sox. While I understand this is suppose to be a showcase of the leagues top talents, but at the end of the day you need to promote the logo on the front of the jersey and the history of the league too.

While it’s all fine and dandy to promote Sid Crosby and Ovie, but those guys aren’t going to be around forever, and the league fans for life not the next 5-10 years. And what about promoting your Hockey hotbed, like the fans in the GTA wouldn’t pack the Rogers Centre 70,000 strong or whatever. An organization like MLSE would not be interested in such a cash grab. If the Winter Classic ever came home, I promise that barn (with no roof) would be rocking and set a new standard for the classic.

NHL wise up and give us the Maple Leafs vs Canadiens we wanted for the last 4 years.

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January 3, 2011 1:43 pm

I have heard that the Rogers Centre is not capable of holding an event with the roof open in winter, something technical that prevents them from opening the roof I think, but I might be wrong. I know that when Burke was talking last year about wanting to host an outdoor game it was to be at BMO field (home of MLSE’s Toronto FC) which would be stupid because it only seats around 20,000 while the ACC seats 19,800, but remember the organization we are talking about.

Suckwinder Passwinder
Suckwinder Passwinder
January 3, 2011 4:23 pm

Mr Bettman has killed hockey growth!!!
He has proven that without argument….
He is SOO inept that he will have another ‘Classic” in 2012 New Years Day (which is a Sunday) and go head to head with the final week of the NFL season
Now that’s a good idea !!

January 3, 2011 6:42 pm

The final weekend of NFL season was brutal. Most of the games were playoff teams playing their second string players so the starters don’t get hurt and non-playoff teams playing half speed so they can get a higher draft pick. Final week is not the worst time to go up against the NFL.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 4, 2011 1:57 am

FMT, you may be right, but then again, the NFL has switched the past three years to only divisional games, meaning that the odds are that this year was an anomoly, and next year there will be far more eyeballs on the NFL than the Winter Classic. Even if the games are meaningless, due to gambling/pools which drives the NFL, it is suicide going against it, even if it does indeed fall on the same day. It is called the “Winter Classic”, not the “New Year’s Day Classic”, so I see no reason why they could not have found another day/time to play it.

January 5, 2011 9:03 am

Maybe I missed it, but shouldn’t this post have a disclaimer saying how we know there never actually could even be a winter classic in Canada?

Maybe a “Heritage Classic” on CBC, but until there are 51 states NBC is going to laugh (and laugh hard) at the hilarious notion of a canadian team in the winter classic.

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