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Wrigley has a unique feel for Classic

Friday, 12.12.2008 / 1:43 PM ET / Features
By Dan Rosen  - NHL.com Senior Writer
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Wrigley has a unique feel for Classic


The Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2009, is steadily approaching. With the release of the artist's drawing of Wrigley Field decked out for hockey, let's take a virtual tour.

The rink is standard NHL size, but everything else fans will see once they enter Wrigley Field or watch the NHL Winter Classic on national television will be unique.

The 200-by-85-foot rink will be situated between first and third base.

The center-ice faceoff dot will measure exactly 112 feet from home plate and 288 feet from the center field wall. The penalty boxes will be precisely 9 feet behind the pitcher's mound.

Behind the team benches will be a 60-by-56-foot auxiliary rink constructed over the outfield grass. It will be used during the game by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois. To the left and right of the auxiliary rink will be team logos that measure 40 feet long and 40 feet wide. Also draped on the outfield grass will be American and Canadian flags that measure 90-by-45-feet. There also will be batter's box logos of each team.

As far as seating, there are roughly 5,000 seats in the bleachers and another 35,000 stadium seats. Approximately 2,000 rooftop seats also are available, but those are sold by their owners, not the NHL.

The teams will enter the playing field via the dugouts and step up onto walkways that meet at home plate. The walkway will channel toward the rink and split so the players can enter the ice surface from doors located near their respective penalty boxes.

A roadway will also be built from the Zamboni tent, which is located in the right field corner, to the ice surface. The warning track will also be covered by a roadway.

A pair of video boards measuring 26-by-14-feet will be installed at each foul pole. Along with the main scoreboard above the center field bleachers, three video scoreboards also will be installed, one over the batter's eye in left-center field and two on ribbon boards beyond each set of end boards.

The broadcasters will call the game from a perch that will be built behind the team benches, between the auxiliary rink and the main rink. The studio booths for NBC, CBC and RDS will be spread throughout the outfield.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80