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All the links for Trib’s Winter Classic special section

The Trib Total Media Winter Classic special section is out today, and I suggest you pick up a print copy to read over and over – especially if you are into great pictures from the 2008 Classic. However, knowing a big chuck of the audience is web-only; I’ve opted to provide links to all the big stories. Enjoy.

= The bond between the Penguins and Steelers is rare within professional sports, but it benefits Pittsburgh with Classic:

= 2011 is shaping up as a huge year for Pittsburgh hockey, with the Classic representing the start of something big:

= Pens alumni Ron Francis and Paul Coffey share thoughts on the New Year’s Eve alumni game:

= Columnist Joe Starkey gets players talking about outdoor hockey memories:

= Former Pens coach Michel Therrien tells tale of near-miss for 2008 Classic practice session:

= Teams from the hometowns of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will battle one coached by Mario Lemieux in a youth tourney on the second rink:

= Ice crew working hard to prep surface at Heinz Field, weather or not:

= The Baby Pens are getting a chance to take center stage at Consol Energy Center:

= RMU men have Classic shot to take over first place at Consol:

= NBC’s broadcast crew is enjoying a homecoming for the Classic broadcast:

= Luck plays a role in Pittsburgh landing the Classic:

= NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks Pens and Classic:

= Jersey sales are part of Classic’s business model:

= Washington Capitals welcome chance to play in this Classic, host another in DC:

= ‘Winter’ is the key word in Classic attire:


Cheers, and enjoy.


Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. Shawn says:

    As far as the potential for poor weather this weekend…

    A- They be ready to move the alumni game to Consol at the first sign of rain. The venue is unimportant to that event.

    B- I don’t know how late NBC is prepared to go to air the Classic. Back up plans should be made with FSN or NHL Network to carry the game if NBC will not.

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