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Daly on Winter Classic cancelation: “We simply are out of time”

Nov 2, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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The NHL has released a statement confirming the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium — and the Hockeytown Winter Festival — has been canceled.

“The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today’s decision unavoidable,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “We simply are out of time.

“We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events.”

In the statement, Daly confirmed the 2014 game would be played in Michigan and feature both the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL also addressed the issue of purchased tickets for the 2013 Winter Classic:

The next NHL Winter Classic – featuring the Red Wings and Maple Leafs — and Hockeytown Winter Festival will take place at the University of Michigan and Comerica Park, respectively.

Those who have purchased tickets for the 2012-13 events can either receive refunds or maintain their tickets for the future events. Ticket refund information for the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival can be found at:

The cancellation was necessary because, given the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL, the League was not in a position to do all that is necessary to adequately stage events of this magnitude.

The release goes on to state “combined events were preparing to welcome nearly 400,000 guests to Detroit and Ann Arbor over the holiday period.”

That visitor influx would’ve had a major economic impact on the area, according to Detroit Sports Commissions executive director Dave Beachnau.


NHL cancels 2013 Winter Classic

Same place, same teams: 2014 Winter Classic to be held at Michigan Stadium

  1. noisetheorem - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I feel the need to say something, but anything I could possibly say that would express how I feel would be deleted for obscene content.

    How many times can you shoot yourselves in the foot before you dont have any foot left to shoot? The NHL/NHLPA are really trying hard to find out.

  2. jimw81 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    why doesn’t Gary have any guts coming out and making the announcement himself?

    Plus, I don’t buy that NHL “ran out of time”. They could easily have afforded 1st installment and kept trying if they felt agreement could come soon

  3. braddavery - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    RIP, NHL

    Although you will be back, much of your fan base won’t. I hope it was worth it for you.

    • id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      see you brad. Some of us will stay loyal to the game. I ll say it again. We’ll stay loyal to the game. not the players or owners, but to the trail blazers that made the game the fastest sport in the world.

  4. fortwaynekomets - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    out of time my F’n @$$ !!!!

    they have had since JUNE to work out a mutual contract, don’t say you are out of time you fat pigs, just say we don’t give a rats @$$ about the fans and this is about money, not hockey.

    glad I bought my ECHL pass online. great games live and on demand any time!

  5. mississippimudslinger - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Nope ,most of these these dumb fans that post on here will crawl back on their hands and knees again, like always. a sucker is born everyday .

  6. chrisvegas - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    We don’t really believe you are disappointed Daly. The only disappoint you have is that the players didn’t give in yet. If the owners cared about the NHL fans they wouldn’t let their greed ruin this league.

  7. flyeredup - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I cancelled Center Ice on Directv today

    • chrisvegas - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I canceled mine earlier this week.

  8. mississippimudslinger - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    are they even billing you guys for it even before the season starts?

  9. buffalo65 - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The second we sign you’ll call to hook it back up….sincerely Gary B.

  10. sistreetsoldier - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Well, aren’t they optimistic!?! Re-scheduling the game for a year out? If they are soooo committed to sticking to their guns, then there should never be a new CBA. At least the rescheduling indicates that there will be a season in 2013, but they need a decision for the now. $hit or get off the pot….

  11. blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM


    All you fake, fickle, new-age “Entertainment Tonight” fans can get lost as far as I’m concerned ! Trying to cater to you people is a “massive” part of the reason why we’re in this mess today ! We “real” fans don’t need you and we don’t want you ! Our NHL would be so much better off going back to a 24 team league, that is supported by “real” fans and “real” corporate interest only.

    ps “real” fans: I swear to God friends, that all this crap started when Anaheim came into the league with their stupid team named after a “cute” Disney movie … I kid you not that right “then and there” I knew it would all eventually lead to trouble …

    • mississippimudslinger - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Yep, I bet Sidney Crosby’s sitting around worried and wondering what Blomfield’s thinking and saying on PHT ! seeing how he’s such a self- proclaimed super-fan and insider to the stars lol

      • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        Listen there Mississippi, Snooki, Khloe or whatever the hell it is you call yourself …

        We “real” fans are sick & tired of hearing about all you fake “Entertainment Tonight” ersatz fans, with your lame threats of “leaving” and “never” coming back, etc. So just do us a favor and “get lost” then ! We don’t want you people and we don’t need you people ! … just like we don’t need at least six “sickly” sunbelt teams ! As for what Crosby thinks ? … well to hell with him too ! I don’t come here looking for “praise” and “thumbs up” like some meek and insecure person. I come here as Blomfeld to say what “I” think and feel, not what others may necessarily care to hear !

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      You’ve got it ass-backwards, blom. The league grew by putting a product on the ice more people wanted to see. The Disney movie did a great deal to put hockey in the general public’s eyes in a positive light, unlike other movies had done to that point. The tie-in with Anaheim was genius and served to introduce many kids (future ticket buyers) to the game.

      The people who have emboldened the powers-that-be in the NHL are the hard-core fans who couldn’t restrain themselves after the last labor dispute. If they had, then the NHL would certainly have thought a lot harder about going down that road again than they obviously did. Once fans flocked back, begging the NHL to take their money, the league felt they had a break-proof business model.

      As revenue shot through the roof over the past five years, the league decided to take a calculated gamble in order to dramatically increase their share of the pie. They concluded that another play stoppage wouldn’t hurt them in the long run, since it didn’t the last time it was done.

      The end result of this dispute will be the same all over again if all fans, whether they consider themselves hard-core or not, rush back to the arenas and scramble to order pay channels: Another dispute, another lockout (or strike) and the whole stupid shooting match all over again.

      • calmdownandthink - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        Good points. If not for the growth the last 5 yrs. we would still be watching tape delays and thered be no Center Ice.

    • williplett - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Gretzky going to the Kings is often seen as the begining of the NHL’s (over) expansion into the sunbelt and non-traditional areas. The owners got the idea to put two more teams in California, two teams in Florida and all the rest. “Entertainment Tonight” might have begun with your very own Kings. Gary only ramped things up when he took over. Bruce McNall?

  12. id4joey - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    flyerdup, if canceling the season means we lose fans like you, then I’m hoping for a cancellation. C ya!

    • chrisvegas - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      We should all cancel for a season to teach the NHL a lesson.

  13. aventador12 - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Wasn’t Bob Miller, the play-by-play analyst for the Kings and the great Wayne Gretzky in the 2nd Ducks movie? LoL!

    • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      friend, let me get back to you on that, eh ? :)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      According to, yes, as were Chris Chelios, Cam Neely, Luc Robitaille and Kareem Jabbar, though I can’t picture him on skates.

      • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        thank you friend … :)

  14. lammy5555 - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Keep up the great work boys! The FANS are loving all of these cancellations.

  15. dannythebisforbeast - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Think Bettman an crew thought players would cave a lot faster. I believe they were not prepared to deal with Fehr and still aren’t

    • blomfeld - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      Oh puuullleeeeeeeez !

      Fehr has about as much pull in this, as Heston’s character had in controlling “ape affairs” in the original film !

  16. cspsrbums - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Blom is an idiot anyway don’t wast your time with him and id4joey needs to get off his N%ts

    • id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      hey! cbums! What’s your problem?

  17. mississippimudslinger - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Ya’ll ever notice how the old codger Blomfield and his other persona (id4joey) are always commenting at the same time ? , hmmm can you say muti account user?

  18. irokkit - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Hello people. Hello hockey fans. owner supporters, player supporters, and those with or without a side.
    As I have mentioned before. I am 47 (well I haven’t really mentioned that) I have been ice skating since I was two and playing organized ice hockey since four. I still play. Twice, sometimes three times a week. It costs me roughly $2000 a year.
    And do you know what I hate?
    I hate people like missippimudslinger that insult and harp and put down other readers/bloggers for participating in the only hockey some of us (you) have right now. If your a hater….fine. Just put it in its proper place. No I don’t mean beating your spouse, I mean into the area you feel is negligible.
    Don’t buy that ticket! Don’t buy that jersey! Don’t buy that souvenir signed hockey puck! Don’t buy that ea sports games! Get it?
    Leave your money in your pocket. That is the only way to get through.

    I am a huge proponent of the “game for a game concept”. If the NHL stays out a year. I stay outrage following year. I’ll match em game for game just like my 401k.
    An eye for an eye!! Who’s with me?!!!!

    So missippimudslinger. Dude, really? Come on. See a therapist. Go ride a train. Hit you hand with a hammer. But seriously. Don’t rag on the other hockey fans. It makes you look bad.

  19. id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    missi, have you noticed that id4joey as been posting and not blomfeld? There goes your theory my friend. Oh! But! Wait! Maybe I, blomfeld, who resides on the west coast got up in the middle of the night to add comments as id4joey to throw you off track. What now, missi? LOL

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