NHL Cancels the 2013 Winter Classic

Posted: November 2, 2012 by Lamar Lester in News
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The 2013 Winter Classic was set to feature the
Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at The Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Today, the NHL cancelled the 2013 Winter Classic. To no one’s surprise, it was due to the uncertainty of a season.

The NHL’s press release:

NEW YORK — The National Hockey League today announced the cancellation of the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The game was scheduled for Jan. 1 between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, the League announced all SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival events scheduled for Dec. 16-31 at Comerica Park in Detroit are cancelled.

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: nhl.com/winterclassicrefund.

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.

“We look forward to bringing the next Winter Classic and the Hockeytown Winter Festival to Michigan,” Daly added.

The Big House (Michigan Stadium) in Ann Arbor seats over 100,000 people. The Winter Classic was set to have record-breaking attendance.

Earlier this morning, sponsors were notified of the Classic’s cancellation and from then it became a waiting game as to when the NHL would make it official. The Classic will be rescheduled for the following year and will feature the same teams.

Many see this as the first domino to fall towards the cancellation of the entire season. Though that remains to be seen, only time will tell. For now, there will be no 2013 Winter Classic.

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