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NHL announces 2014 Winter Classic between Leafs, Red Wings

Apr 7, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT


One might say that the lockout didn’t kill the Toronto Maple Leafs-Detroit Red Wings version of the Winter Classic, it merely postponed it.

However you slice it, the NHL announced that the 2014 Winter Classic will feature those two teams at Michigan’s Big House, just like the 2013 one would have.

As a reminder, the NHL hopes to break the record for attendance for a live hockey event; that same building hosted 104,173 people for an outdoor game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State in 2010.

League commissioner Gary Bettman sets the stage for the big event.

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Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika adds an interesting detail: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he’ll attempt to get Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom to play in the likely alumni game between the two franchise.

(Good luck keeping up if that happens, Montreal retirees.)

  1. polegojim - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Love it – awesome!

    Leafs are on the rise… Wings slipped a bit… should be a good game!

  2. 0ffsides - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    The original game would’ve been fantastic, now that the Wings and Leafs will be division rivals once again makes it even better.

  3. bensawesomeness - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The Wings jerseys are EXACTLY what i wanted them to be, i’m so excited to buy one

    • dreamzilla - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      i can get you either one for fight strap and all

      • bensawesomeness - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        i’m listening…

  4. sabatimus - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Well now, this should be a slaughter.

  5. studolgon - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    “(Good luck keeping up if that happens, Montreal retirees.)”

    You might want to correct that last statement to: “Good luck keeping up if that happens, TORONTO retirees.”

  6. kingsfan93 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Wow! Redwings, again, at the Winter Classic. How original.

  7. canucks30 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    You don’t say?

  8. gibbskins9 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    No strike? I’ll believe it when I see it

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