Flyers, Bruins tour 'Classic' Fenway

December 14, 2009

The Flyers and Bruins took their first look at Fenway Park - hockey-style - less than one month before the clubs meet in the NHL's Winter Classic.

The atmosphere was light as players and personnel from both teams were given a guided tour Sunday of the uncompleted rink, the locker room and other facilities.

Fenway Park, the 97-year-old home of baseball's Boston Red Sox, is in the early stages of being converted to a hockey rink for the New Year's Day game between the Bruins and Flyers. The NHL is staging the outdoor Winter Classic for the third straight year.

"It's my first time walking on the field or even going to the field," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. "I'm just excited to see the surroundings."

Forward Daniel Paille, acquired early this season by the Bruins, played in the first Winter Classic in 2008 while with the Sabres.

"It's huge," he said. "Just the atmosphere of everyone screaming, it's just awesome."

Associated Press

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