There will be no shortage of Winter Classic material this month.
In addition to "Road to the Winter Classic," which begins airing Wednesday night, NHL Network will present "The First NHL Winter Classic, Hockey Goes Outside." It will offer a look back at the 2008 game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Bills' stadium.
The documentary will air on NHL Network at 8 p.m. next Wednesday. There will be a special screening in (716) Food and Sport at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The film will feature interviews with Sabres participants Ryan Miller, Brian Campbell, Jason Pominville and Lindy Ruff. Narrated by actor and Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton, there will also be interviews with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and NBC announcers Mike "Doc" Emrick and Bob Costas.
The game in Orchard Park proved that outdoor games would work and set the precedent for 21 stadium games for the NHL.
“Hockey deserves it," Miller says in the documentary. "We finally kind of got that model where we’re just like, ‘Well, there’s not many of these. It’s special. You can celebrate the game the entire day.'"