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NHL to make Winter Classic ticket announcement Monday

The NHL [1] made an announcement prior to the announcement on Friday afternoon regarding “important information for all fans interested in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL [2] Winter Classic.”  The substantive announcement will take place Monday at approximately noontime, and will include ticket information for fans interested in attending the Jan. 1 Winter Classic game between the Boston Bruins [3] and Philadelphia Flyers [4] at Fenway Park [5].

The “mystery” announcement will be posted at www.nhl.com/winterclassic [6] at noon on Monday. Bruins full-season ticket holders have already been guaranteed a chance to obtain tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime hockey event at the Fens.

NHL officials said at the time of the Winter Classic announcement at Fenway that tickets information would be released in August, and there’s expected to be very few — if any — individual tickets available for sale to the general public that aren’t presently Bruins full-season ticket holders. The initial Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins [7] and the Buffalo Sabres [8] at Ralph Wilson Stadium [9] could hold upwards of 70,000 fans, and was the only one of the three classics that could feature a large public sale of tickets.

The NHL sold 41,818 tickets to the Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks [10] and Detroit Red Wings [11] last season ranged in a three-tiered price package between $75-325, and it’s expected that the Fenway Winter Classic tix will be roughly around that same range. The most expensive tickets at Wrigley Field were, of course, the seats up in the higher deck that provided the best bird’s eye view of the ice from above.

The timing of the BU/BC hockey game announcement just days after the Winter Classic ticket package reveal is interesting. The people behind the outdoor college hockey game are expecting to draw interest from many of the hardcore Boston hockey fans that are shut out of the NHL Winter Classic, and could give them a chance to experience outdoor hockey at Fenway for a fraction of the price.

The Jan. 8 college hockey doubleheader at the Fens — featuring BC vs. BU in the nightcap and an earlier women’s matchup of UNH vs. Northeastern — is sure to be a much more affordable event for families and non-season ticket holders.  Prices for the college hockey double-dip ducats should range more in the $25-100 area — a much easier nut to crack than the pricier NHL tickets — for that rare puck experience on Yawkey Way.