NHL Officially Cancels 2013 Winter Classic

November 2nd, 2012 by Ian Hanford Leave a reply »
The NHL season has taken some heavy blows as of late, but the Winter Classic still provided a glimmer of hope for diehard hockey fans.

But not anymore.

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 2 at 3:15 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

A statement by the NHL on the league's official website confirmed the presumed worst about the New Year's Day outdoor event:

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.

The release also cites the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement and the logistical dem ...

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