NHL Cancels Winter Classic

November 2nd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The 2013 Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings became the first major casualty of the NHL lockout on Friday, as the league reportedly cancelled its marquee regular season event, according to Katie Strang and Craig Custance of ESPN.com. 


UPDATE: Friday, November 2 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss

The league has officially announced the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic. The league also explained its future plans:

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.

The league's press release also explained why the Winter Classic was canceled:

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Wint ...

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