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Pucks Fly at Wrigley Field

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Today marks the second annual National Hockey League Winter Classic. And that means it’s hockey, played outdoors. This year, the Chicago Blackhawks took on the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field, the venerated home of the Chicago Cubs. The long-time rivals played before a sell-out crowd of more than 40,000.

I’m standing here under the big, famous red marquee of Wrigley Field on the corner of Addison and Clark on Chicago’s North Side. It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s overcast, but that’s not stopping people from coming out. Lots of them are out here for the opportunity to see ice hockey on a baseball field. But as I’m talking to NHL fans, they’re excited for the game, not so much because it’s hockey on a baseball diamond, it’s because it’s hockey on this baseball diamond.

LACKEY: I mean, playing hockey at Wrigley is just, it’s something crazy and just watching two of the original six teams play at one of the oldest ballparks in the nation’s pretty awesome. It’s just gonna be fun, just to watch some hockey.

Jeremey Lackey was winding his way through the heavy crowds of Wrigleyville this morning, about to meet up with his family. As a hockey and a Cubs fan, Lackey was in sports heaven. The NHL has found a niche in hyping this annual outdoor game. This year, using a recording of beloved late Cubs announcer Harry Caray...

CARAY: Take me out to the ball game

But as for how the NHL got here, putting an ice rink on top of a baseball diamond, it wasn’t easy. Crews were putting in 16 and 17-hour long days getting everything in order. And they did it in blistery cold winter weather. Jamey Horan is with the NHL.

HORAN: In terms of the weather, it builds the drama. It’s an uncertainty and I think that we’re battling the elements every day and it’s part of the overall story, really.

As for the game, defending Stanley Cup champions the Detroit Red Wings proved to be too much for the Blackhawks today, winning 6-4 on the road in the frigid friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

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