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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30484854 First look First+look NHL

Things get started inside Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 19 as the ice crew starts to lay the foundation for the rink for the Jan. 2 Winter Classic between the Flyers and Rangers.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30484855 Cool it now Cool+it+now NHL

A mobile refrigeration unit will be set up under the ice inside Citizens Bank Park.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30484856 Stars stuck Stars+stuck NHL

The refrigeration truck shows pictures of Flyers team captain Chris Pronger (left) and Claude Giroux. Unfortunately for Philly, both of their stars are out with concussions.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30486352 Keep it safe Keep+it+safe NHL

Workers first must cover up the Philadelphia Philles' baseball field, and protect it, before bringing in boards for the rink.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30484858 Center stage Center+stage NHL

In one of the many steps to building the outdoor rink, the crew of workers sets up a stage (sort of) as the bottom layer on Dec. 19.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30484857 There he is There+he+is NHL

Ice guru Dan Craig, senior director of facilities operations, is the man in charge of making sure everything goes according to plan in Philadelphia.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30484853 No score yet No+score+yet NHL

The 2012 Winter Classic logo takes over the Jumbotron at the Phillies' ballpark. Play ball?

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30497231 Mirror image Mirror+image NHL

Crews work as a reflection of the Citizens Bank Park scoreboard is shown in the construction zone.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30497232 More to come More+to+come NHL

Some dasher boards were waiting to be put up on Dec. 21. The process of building a rink on a baseall field was well under way.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30497233 Rink of dreams Rink+of+dreams NHL

All quiet . . . for now. The Flyers' "dugout" on the first-base line is shown in front of the rink. On Dec. 22, logos weren't on the ice just yet.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30495335 Home snow Home+snow NHL

Maybe it's lucky. Members of the Philadelphia Flyers ice crew help with the first slushing with ice taken from the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers' home arena.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30495337 By the book By+the+book NHL

Workers finish up connecting the dasher boards on Day 4 of the building process.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30495341 Those are some pipes! Those+are+some+pipes%21 NHL

Keeping the ice cool is no easy task. Piping from the world's most sophisticated ice-making control truck will will supply the rink with glycol to chill the water to make ice for the Winter Classic.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30495342 Board game Board+game NHL

A look at the conversion to the 2012 Winter Classic on Day 5 of the build-out.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30497236 Spray it on Spray+it+on NHL

Ice guru Dan Craig sprays the first water to hit the rink on Dec. 24 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Winter Classic will be played on Jan. 2 between the Flyers and Rangers.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30497234 View from above View+from+above NHL

Rangers-Flyers players will look like ants from the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park during the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30499781 Board at work Board+at+work NHL

A worker puts the finishing touches on the dasher boards for the rink on Dec. 27.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30499779 Hollywood meets hockey Hollywood+meets+hockey NHL

A camera man from HBO's "24/7 Flyers/Rangers: The Road to the NHL Winter Classic" films the conversion to the outdoor ice rink.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30499780 There's that logo There%27s+that+logo NHL

The old-school Rangers logo that the team will wear on its jerseys for the game is displayed on a banner being hung by workers on Dec. 27.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30499778 Grass is greener Grass+is+greener NHL

On Dec. 27, workers kept on with the big game less than a week away.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515382 I wanna ride ... I+wanna+ride+... NHL

... the Zamboni! On Dec. 30, the ice was ready for one of its first cuts.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515379 Clear skies Clear+skies NHL

The finished rink basks in the sun in Philadelphia on Dec. 30.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515373 His baby His+baby NHL

NHL Senior Director of Facilities Operations Dan Craig, who was the mastermind behind the entire building process, skates on the ice for the first time on Dec. 30.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515372 Picture perfect Picture+perfect NHL

Photographers will shoot through this hole in the glass when the Flyers host the Rangers on Jan. 2.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515369 Keep it chill Keep+it+chill NHL

Ice crew member Francois Martindale sprays the ice before the start of the alumni game on Dec. 31.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515367 Check it out Check+it+out NHL

The ice crew unveils the center ice logo before the start of the alumni game on Dec. 31.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30513451 Show it off Show+it+off NHL

Workers prepare the ice for the Winter Classic on Dec. 31.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30515374 Warning! Warning%21 NHL

No bats, nor baseballs will be featured in this game. Fans may have to watch out for flying pucks, though.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30513449 Old Time Hockey Old+Time+Hockey NHL

The alumni game on Dec. 31 featured some of the best from the Flyers' and Rangers' organizations.

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NHL 142 43 NHL Winter Classic: Building the rink 30513450 All ready to go All+ready+to+go NHL

Workers get the ice ready for the first real skate -- the alumni game on Dec. 31. Next up, the Rangers and Flyers on Jan. 2. . . .

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