There have now been six games played outdoors by the National Hockey League dubbed “Winter Classics”. Three have been played on football fields, three have been played on baseball diamonds. All have met the corresponding fanbases with impressive shows.
Will this year be the best? In each venue, there have been positives, there have been negatives. I don’t think you can compare one year’s classic to the next on the whole, but there are definitely single points to the series that have differed from year to year.
What made the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins version of the game better than all the others? As the NHL tries to out do itself each year, Ralph Wilson Stadium will always have the first. The first outdoor game, the first shootout in an outdoor game. It pitted two of the biggest names in the league together – Ryan Miller versus Sidney Crosby.
It will be a game that will forever be in the memory of Buffalo Sabres fans, right up their with the Fog Game, The Bat Man game, Gilbert Perreault‘s last game, the final game at the Aud, No Goal, and most recently The Butt Goal.
Thanks to our reader Dano for sending over some images from the famed first NHL Winter Classic. Enjoy this slide show of images from the original game.