Let's be 100% clear: We have no idea if this is real or fake.
Reader Stephen sent along a link to 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Facebook page, a seemingly unofficial, rumor mongering fan page dedicated to the Winter Classic. In the past, the page has posted photos of the widely circulated knockoff jerseys and other unofficial – obviously fake – logos.
But this one is different… It very closely matches the styling of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 logos. What's more, unlike the obviously fake logo released earlier this summer, this one very prominently features the game's title sponsor, Bridgestone. It's also complete with all appropriate ™ and registraton markings. The design elements, which include a swinging puck (used the three previous years) in the bell and hues from both teams' color sets worked seamlessly into the logo, also give this one a little more credibility.
You can do with this what you will. The Facebook page is clearly unaffiliated with Bridgestone and the NHL, but the logo is by far the most accurate Winter Classic "leak" we've seen. We'll find out on Monday, when the NHL announces the Winter Classic.
UPDATE: Reader Chrissy passed along a video that was posted to YouTube today. It is labeled as the "Official Winter Classic Promo" and features the above logo. The video is available in full 1080i and has many high-quality camera angles and exterior shots. It also seems to be professionally edited. You can watch it after the jump.
UPDATE 2: Confirmed.