The NHL's worst kept secret was confirmed Monday with the announcement that the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic.
The league's annual outdoor game will be held Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philly.
"The Rangers-Flyers rivalry is one of our very best," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said during a press conference Monday. "It is only a short distance from Broadway to Broad Street, and over the years, these not-so-neighborly teams have provided an assortment of memorable games. I have every expectation that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will provide more great moments to remember."
The Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field.