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Report: NHL to announce Leafs-Wings Winter Classic in ‘early spring’

Feb 20, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

Mike Ilitch, Gary Bettman AP

Winter Classic. Big House. Red Wings. Maple Leafs. Take two!

According to the Toronto Star, that’s the plan.

It’s all still very hush-hush, but the Maple Leafs and Red Wings will indeed play next January in the NHL’s next installment of the Winter Classic.

This year’s game, scheduled for New Year’s Day, was cancelled due to the lockout. It was expected to draw 110,000 fans.

But the Star has learned that the NHL is closing in on final talks with officials at the University of Michigan for use of its football stadium, and with the Detroit Tigers for use of Comerica Park in what would be a weeklong festival of hockey capped of by the NHL game.

“My guess is we will officially announce plans in early spring,” a source told the Star.

No surprise here. The NHL was never going to let the lockout keep this event from happening, even it’s going to happen a year late.

  1. ajbaxter1975 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Meh.

    • timsabourin - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      MEH!?!?!?!?!

      • lordfletcher - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Meh!

  2. sonofsuzycreamcheese - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    No way??!!! They’re gonna announce next years Winter Classic this Spring? Can’t wait for Spring

  3. mrwings787 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Meh

  4. Stiller43 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Leafs-wings?

    LAME.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    They should do a summer classic!

    • timsabourin - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      good idea, Ethan.

  6. sabatimus - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Anybody else read this as something like “they’re going to have a Winter Classic THIS Spring”?

  7. shortsxit34 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Didn’t seem worded weird to me: game will be announced this Spring, game will take place on new years

  8. lovac2 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    In 2014 season, this game may be significant in determining the draft order.

    • timsabourin - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      brutal attempt

  9. 8man - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Despite their records, seeing those classic sweaters in that venue would have been spectacular. It was indeed one of the tragic casualties of the lockout. I’m glad it’s gonna happen. It’ll be great to watch. The city of Detroit and state of Michigan can use the lift. Make it so!

  10. kingsforever - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    As if the ice conditions weren’t bad enough before…

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