Winter Classic

This picture was taken the night before the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  Considering the chaos that as about to ensue, I remember at the time it was very, very quiet.

The following morning — game day — I was taking in the scene, just off of the ice, when Martin Havlat (then of the Blackhawks) came out and was standing next to me.  He let out a “Wow” to no one in particular.  I asked him the last time he played a hockey game outside and he said it was years ago, probably when he was twelve or thirteen. In chatting a bit more, I asked him if he was excited, and he motioned to the ice with his head and said “How can you not be?”

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