With Rochester's Frontier Field set to host a weekend of outdoors games featuring the Amerks, Niagara University and Sabres alumni, here is a look back at the Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008:
It was a day that hockey fanatics will remember for a long time as 71,217 people watched the Sabres play the Penguins in the NHL Winter Classic game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year's Day of 2008.
The game, viewed nationally, "was scripted to perfection," said Mike Robitaille, former Sabres player and at that time a broadcaster for the team.
What did the fans think about the hockey game that was played outdoors in the biggest stadium in the area the middle of winter?
"Cool," said some.
"Awesome," others said enthusiastically.
For a look back at that special occasion, view our photo gallery and check out the stories below.
From the archives:
- John Vogl's game recap: Heartbreak Kid Crosby's the difference in a game of cold feats
- Bucky Gleason's column: Everyone gets the picture on perfect day for hockey
- It's one for the ages before record NHL crowd
- Mike Harrington's sidebar: Goalie duel goes Conklin's way Pens' netminder stops 36 shots
- Big screen provides real-time thrills for those not at Ice Bowl
- Bucky Gleason preview column: NHL's best returning to their roots
- NHL promises fans Winter Classic will add to celebration of New Year's Day