Many hockey fans dream of skating on the same rink as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or any other professional hockey player. The youth of East Aurora, N.Y. will acutally get to do it.
According to EastAurora.org the Aurora Ice Association has purchased the rink used on that snowy day in Orchard Park, N.Y.
"The Aurora Ice Association has obtained possesion (SIC) of the actual rink and that was used for the Winter Classic event held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 1st, 2008 between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Specifically, they have purchased the same tubing that was used for the game and are looking at other items to purchase through the same vendor including the chiller, dasherboards, glass and zamboni."
The article goes on to explain that the AIA hopes to open the outdoor rink in November and keep it going through March and it plans on using it for open skating, skate and shoot sessions and practice for local hockey teams.
So basically, you can skate on the thing too if you feeling like making the three and half hour trek from Pittsburgh to East Aurora.
No word yet if NHL ice guru Dan Craig is included in the purchase.
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-The Capitals will retire the jersey of former forward Mike Gartner.
-Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour is back.
-The Predators have suspended forward Alexander Radulov indefinitely for signing with a team in the KHL.
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