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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  December 31, 2009 11:11 PM

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Terry O'Reilly, my favorite hockey player as a kid -- as if it could be anyone else for an Irish boy in New England. And that's my favorite hockey card from my childhood, though if I recall correctly my copy was considerably more mangled than this one. Looked like it had been through a couple of heavyweight bouts with Clark Gillies.

Anyway, no chat today, but I've got an excuse that I'm downright thrilled about -- I'll be skating the Winter Classic Blog Boy shift over at Fenway alongside Fluto, Dupey and our usual Bruins-coverage first-liners. Getting to cover this . . . well, it sure is some kind of good way to begin the new year.

The plan is to write about the pregame scene over at our Bruins Blog, post a quick game story, and add various morsels of color and commentary in the postgame. Yes, we'll probably even shoehorn in a "Slapshot" quote or two. So get your hot chocolate ready, turn on the telecast, fire up the laptop, and join us for the fun.

About Touching All The Bases

Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.

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