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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 is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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