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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Updated: December 31, 8:09 AM ET
Hockey legends have Hot Stove chat

By Chris Forsberg
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- After taking to the ice at Fenway Park for a pre-Winter Classic skate, Bruins legends Derek Sanderson, Ken Hodge, and John "Pie" McKenzie, and Philadelphia's Dave Schultz and Joe Watson gathered inside the stadium's EMC Club for the NHL's first Hot Stove Discussion.

It was billed as a no-holds-barred discussion of the Bruins and Flyers, with representatives of the Big Bad Bruins and Broad Street Bullies reflecting on the origins of the Bruins-Flyers rivalry. It wasn't short on opinions, with the moderator struggling to contain Sanderson before the event even officially began.

Skate with the Greats
Former players Ken Hodge, Joe Watson, John McKenzie, Derek Sanderson, and Dave Schultz pose on the ice during the 'Skate with the Greats' Media Skate at Fenway Park Wednesday.

But the alumni from both sides reveled in the opportunity to be a part of this year's Winter Classic.

"It's certainly a wonderful venue and it's such a unique event as we've seen over the past couple years," said Schultz. "It will be a phenomenal experience, particularly for the guys that played on ponds growing up. There's people that will watch this game that probably normally wouldn't watch a lot of hockey. It's such a unique event and I'm sure it will be a great show."

Schultz, who holds the NHL single-season record for penalty minutes (472), added: "It could be the first major in these kind of events -- and by that I mean the [first Winter Classic] fight could break out."

Hodge brought his 5-year-old grandson onto the ice for the afternoon "Skate with the Greats" and expressed excitement for the city of Boston.

"It was a great experience for [my grandson] and, of course, for me," said Hodge, who will skate in the Legends Classic Saturday at Fenway. "Playing in such a historic venue is unique in itself. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Fenway and Boston. I hope we take advantage of it and enjoy it."

The conversation quickly steered to stories from the 1970s and the rivalry forged between the Bruins and Flyers in those days.

Check back later for video from the event.

Chris Forsberg is a roving reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.