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Penn State Expressed Interest In A Winter Classic Between Penguins, Flyers

Ever since the Winter Classic was introduced in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Buffalo Sabres in a blizzard, fans in the Tri State area have fantasized about a match-up between the Flyers and Penguins in the most perfect setting.

That fantasy setting is Happy Valley and it may become a reality in the near future.

Penn State officials confirmed with WJACTV that the school is seriously considering an outdoor game to host an NHL team, or at least their own Nittany Lions in Big Ten action.

Ever since Penn State's hockey team became a Division 1 sports, hockey has exploded in Happy Valley. They played Neumann College on January 4, 2012, losing 6-3.

It has become the most recent catalyst in getting a Flyers/Penguins game at Beaver Stadium.

(Photo by Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News)

OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Recap

Notre Dame edges Miami 2-1 in game one of the Office Max Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

First big moment of the game took place when Notre Dame’s Mike Voran was hit with a five minute major and game disqualification for a check from behind on Miami's Taylor Richart.

Notre Dame first goal came from Mario Lucia in the second period. The second goal was scored when forward Anders Lee made a rush toward the net to setup a rebound goal by Jeff Costello.

Miami's first goal in the third period was originally credited to Illinois native Cody Murphy. Officials ruled that forward Kevin Morris scored the goal.

Miami sent their goaltender, Ryan McKay, to t...

Islanders prospect Anders Lee

Lee, the Islanders 6th round pick (154th overall) of the 2009 NHL entry draft, is a center on a very good Fighting Irish team. The 6'3" 227 pound Edina, Minnesota native is a junior for the 7th ranked Notre Dame squad.

Next Year's Sound Tigers Could Change The Isles

The rebuild is only four years old, and although I use the word, "only," I understand how long that it has actually been for the loyal fans who continue to come out and support this team, waiting for them to finally return to glory. But the fact of the matter is that these things take time - a lot of time.

The St. Louis Blues are a prime example. They have only made the playoffs once since the lock out and are now finally poised to make a serious run for the Stanley Cup for the first time since Chris Pronger was on the team. President John Davidson has been building them through the draft while signing veteran free agents, much like what the Islanders have done. And the free agents they have signed haven't exactly been guys in their prime, such as Paul Kariya, Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. They also had trouble scoring goals for a long time as well. But finally, things are starting to fall into place and they are on the brink of becoming a power house hockey team in the Western Conference.

The Isles, much like the Blues, are still building toward that stature. But one thing is for certain; the Islanders farm team next season is going to play a major role in the rebuild.

Isles Prospect Check 12/19/2011

(Photo Credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr)

Part of the plan for the slow and steady rebuild was to have a talented pool of prospects to develop going forward; some of those prospects would make an impact on the immediate future of the team, while others would eventually follow suit down the line.

Slow and steady.

One of those players that might end up turning into an absolute gem is Anders Lee. Lee was taken in the 6th round by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at 152nd overall. So far in 20 games with Notre Dame, Lee has 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 20 games played, placing him second in scoring on the team.