NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Things to Look Forward to

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Things to Look Forward to
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The 2012 NHL Winter Classic will take place at Citizen's Bank Field (pictured) on January 2, 2012.

The NHL schedule was just released and we will see the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.

The Winter Classic has become a January tradition where hockey players go back to their roots, playing on an outdoor rink, in the cold.

Sure, Philadelphia isn't the coldest place in the world and some would say that this game could've been played in New York's Yankee Stadium, but that is all talk at this point.  The fact is we have an outdoor game in Pennsylvania for the second year in a row.

Here are five reasons to get excited and look forward to a great Atlantic Division clash.

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