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

Nov 2, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

Bettman Classic

If there’s a bright side for Red Wings and Maple Leafs fans now that the 2013 Winter Classic’s been canceled, it’s this:

The NHL will try to make up for it in 2014.

That’s the word from the Associated Press today as reports claim the league will re-schedule the Detroit-Toronto game for Jan. 1, 2014, to be played at Michigan Stadium.

It’s no surprise the NHL would make this move.

To take the game away from Detroit/Michigan and not give it back would be a public relations nightmare. Aside from the prestige of hosting such an event, there’s a business side to the Classic as well — last year, the NHL estimated the game in Philadelphia brought in an economic impact of $30-$35 million.

“It would have a tremendous impact,” Detroit Sports Commission executive director Dave Beachnau said of the 2013 Winter Classic. “That time of the year, which is traditionally a slower period for downtown hotels and the region from a visitors’ perspective, certainly it’d be a great shot in the arm.”

There’s also a number of ancillary events falling by the wayside.

The Hockeytown Winter Festival was supposed to be a celebration of all levels of hockey — collegiate, junior and American league — and the rosters for the annual alumni game were flooded with legends and Hall of Famers

But the Red Wings confirmed last week that if there’s no Winter Classic, there’s no Winter Festival.

So while Detroit is probably pleased (okay, maybe not the right word) it’ll eventually get its game, another city’s probably less enthused with the report:

Minnesota.

The Wild have been aiming to host a Classic at Target Field (or TCF Bank Stadium) for some time.

Shortly after this summer’s signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, owner Craig Leipold spoke with league officials about having acquired the “star power” needed to host the league’s biggest televised game.

“Obviously we didn’t hire those two guys for the Winter Classic, but it certainly enhanced our position as being a great market to do it,”  Leipold told the St. Paul Business Journal. “I think we had a very good case to have the Winter Classic before these two guys. Now I feel like we’ve got the best case possible.”

Well, maybe the best case for 2015…

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  1. jernster21 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Bold move. Maybe they should hold off on making any other plans until they actually have a CBA in place…just a thought.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Look on the bright side: they just confirmed there will be NHL hockey by January 2014! What a relief!

      • elvispocomo - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        Until they confirm that there won’t be, at least.

  2. noisetheorem - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I would tell the NHL to go F*ck itself, but its already doing a great job of that all on its own.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      A fart in a mitten

  3. comeonnowguys - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    They are awfully optimistic that (1) they’ll be playing and (2) they’ll get enough people to sit outside in January and freeze just to watch their greedy asses.

  4. bensawesomeness - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Assuming that there’s a season
    surely, if ever, THIS would be the time to have a double-header? It may not dominate the TV ratings, quite as much, but it would still bring big bucks locally, and everyone walks away happy

  5. joeyashwi - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    January 2014? Maybe they will start meeting again by October 2013 then? Great news. Give Bettman a raise. He deserves to make more than $8 million a year, which is more than any player besides the five highest paid players make. People take jabs at “greedy players” when this jerk off makes $8 million a year and has captained three consecutive lockouts? Bettman should go to jail for murder because he has just effectively killed the NHL. Hockey, I love you, but it’s time for me to move on.

  6. sjsharks66 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    What could have been the next winter classic? Now we have to wait 2 years to find out. Thanks NHL you have made this a wonderful time of year for everyone. :)

    • chrisvegas - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Heck the way this is going we may have to wait 3 years.

  7. hockinj25 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I’ll wait till the lockout is over to be excited about this.

  8. flyeredup - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Cancel the league. I’m not coming back. F you Bettma , Owners, Players!

  9. mmcneels81 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Ah hahahahahahahaha! You think you’ll even have a league in 2014, Bettman??! You’ve got yourself a mass exodus of fans on your hands right now. Maybe address that minor situation before making plans for a future that might not exist! Retard.

  10. mississippimudslinger - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Any of you folks that actually sit around and hope that these greedy morons come back and play the sport that you waste your time and money on cheering for is amusing. Do you actually think these players care about YOU , the fans?? , , no they want you to buy their jerseys , pay their salaries and be an everyday common joe sucker that crawls back on your hands and knees

  11. lordfletcher - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I am glad that they won’t be changing the venue because the fans that were promised their teams will be playing in it this year, deserve that… The Wild can wait another year as our young talent grows stronger

    -Wild fan

  12. trick9 - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Well, i can do is feel sorry really.

    I would love to have hockey really, but atleast now that im not going to get it, i can have something in back in watching the owners, players and everyone involved in this lockout lose the amount of money that us regular workers can’t even imagine. This is the price of playing hardball. Players have already lost more than they would have lost by accepting the owners proposal, and owners (as in combined amount) have already lost easily twice as much money they would have got by accepting one of the NHLPA’s proposal.

    We are paying a very big price for having dumb people at the charge.

  13. gekkoguy82 - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I love the Red Wings, and I love the Big House, but nothing at this point would make me happier than if they played in a half or more empty stadium. Assuming this ever gets worked out. Seriously, screw these guys.

  14. id4joey - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    There is one positive in this mess. The REAL fans are sticking by the sport, whereas the casual fan who has zero knowledge about the finer points of the game are leaving. Good!

    • williplett - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:52 AM

      Losing fans of ANY kind is a total failure for the NHL. If cheering on failure makes you feel like a “REAL” fan go right ahead.

      • id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        Willi, losing fans is a total failure? No, losing all the fans would be a total failure. Not going to happen.

  15. flyeredup - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    @idjoey: I was a season ticket holder for 10 years until today. You’re real fan statement is very unintelligent and you obviously don’t understand the true issues why people willl leave the NHL forever

    • trick9 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      No hardcore fan would ever leave the league, even if the lockout would last 3 years. That’s a fact, and sadly Bettman knows it.

  16. id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    I don’t care that people leave. I don’t care that you leave. Go already! Oh! BTW, having season tickets doesn’t mean a thing. I’ve had season tickets for 25 years. Wow! That was easy to write, though it’s not true. Like I said. C ya flyerdup.

    • williplett - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:31 AM

      We get it! Somehow you think that losing fans will make the NHL stronger and better. You are really doing some good work here. No wonder you are blomfeld’s best friend.

  17. id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    willi, friend, where did I write losing fans will make the game better or stronger? In case you missed it, I will write it again. The REAL fan will stay, and if you decide to go then, GO! GO! You’re not a real fan of the game.

  18. id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    willi, BTW, there is no way blomfeld is ever going to be my best friend. Guess you haven’t heard. I am blomfeld. LOL! Right blomfeld?

    • blomfeld - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Blomfeld: Please forgive me father for I have sinned …

      Priest: And what is this sin that you speak of my son ?

      Blomfeld: Father, I’ve been engaging in identity fraud at PHT using multiple aliases and handles …

      Priest: Dear God, say you haven’t my son !

      Id4joey – Too funny friend ! :) What’s ironic however, is that these guys are calling me a nut for my “tongue in cheek” conspiracy theories … and yet they themselves seriously believe that you, I and at least five other posters are all actually the same person ! … whatever I guess ? Anyway, let’s see what happens now over the coming days, as this should be interesting …

      • id4joey - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        blomfeld: who am I?

        id4joey: you are blomfeld.

        blomfeld: who are you? 

        id4joey. I’m blomfeld.

        blomfeld: what? Are we the same person? 

        id4joey: Yep! I’m actually the much wiser and older you. I’m from the future. 

        blomfeld: why are you here? 

        Id4joey: to watch over you while others on PHT blast you about your crazy conspiracy theory. You’re not listening to me. Yes! There will be hockey this season, but, no. It wasn’t a conspiracy. I found out from a friend on PHT. 

        blomfeld:  who is this friend you speak of? 

        id4joey:  Joey. Good guy. Bloody intelligent person.  I use this alias as a tribute to him. Well! Got to go now.

        blomfeld: why? 

        id4joey: Our beloved Kings won their 4 Stanley Cup, and Joey and me are going to the rally. BTW, Elvis is alive and they found Jimmy Hoffa buried in cement. Oh! Crosby is now NHL commissioner and the NHLPA union director is Ed Snider III. 

  19. charleslouis99 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    how sincere of the NHL

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