2012 NHL Winter Classic: Top 5 Potential Future Classic Locations

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2012 NHL Winter Classic: Top 5 Potential Future Classic Locations
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Center Ice at the 2008 Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York

The NFL plays games every Thanksgiving Day. The NBA tips off every Christmas. The NHL is taking over New Year's Day.

The now annual NHL Winter Classic started in 2008 with a game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y.

The NHL transformed historic Wrigley Field in Chicago into a hockey rink in 2009, the Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers met at Fenway Park in Boston in 2010 and the Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin rivalry highlighted the 2011 Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers are scheduled to play at Citizens Bank Park in The City of Brotherly Love on Jan. 2.

As the NHL looks for new places to hold its yearly event, many locations come to mind.

Some locations seem likely, almost inevitable, while some seem almost improbable.

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