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Ian White wonders why the NHL would want to play a season without the Winter Classic

Oct 30, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

Ian White AP

If NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cancels the Winter Classic, Detroit defenseman Ian White doesn’t have much hope for the rest of the season.

“If he’s willing to cancel that, I don’t know why he’d want to play a season after that, because that’s the highlight of the year,” White said recently, as per the Windsor Star. “So if he’s willing to throw away that game, then the balance of the season, I would think, is definitely on the line. So it’s terrible if that’s what’s going through his mind.”

It’s been reported that the Winter Classic – still scheduled for Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs – will be scratched by the NHL later this week.

Symbolically, the cancelation would be significant and would further tarnish the league’s image. Nobody can deny that.

That said, to suggest that the NHL won’t want to play a season without the Winter Classic may be stretching it. Monetarily, losing the event wouldn’t come close to what’s already been lost by the cancelation of the schedule through November.

  1. boardupthehouse - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    If Bettman is responsible for the Winter Classic and 24/7 being canned I will fly all the way from Australia and knock that geezer out. All I have to look forward to so far this summer is sweating a lot while watching endless cricket

  2. id4joey - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    He will cancel the game if the players don’t go back to the table. They must cancel before a certain date to avoid having to pay fees.

    • tatdue - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Where are you getting your info from there Joey? The PA will go to the table any day the league wants….It’s the NHL that is refusing to talk….get your facts straight!

  3. sportsfan69 - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I say the NHL cancels the Winter Classic and season. Let der Heir Fehr (Donald Fehr) lead the NHLPA to their own career and financial destruction. Then, maybe the players will be humbled.

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