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Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk lofts the puck with his stick during practice for the Winter Classic. The 22-year-old Van Riemsdyk has nine goals and 19 assists in 31 games. (Associated Press)

Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk lofts the puck with his stick during practice for the Winter Classic. The 22-year-old Van Riemsdyk has nine goals and 19 assists in 31 games. (Associated Press)

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