NHL Winter Classic Cancelled: Owners and Players Are to Blame

November 3rd, 2012 by Ben Lippel Leave a reply »
“The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

With the general election coming up this Tuesday, leave it to the 34th President of the United States to hit the nail right on the head.

As if the NHL lockout hasn't already derailed a sport that was on the outer fringes of popularity, Friday's inevitable and disappointing announcement—the cancellation of the Winter Classic—has taken hockey even further off the radar screen.

This was to be the league's seminal regular-season event.

This was when the entire sports world could see how incredible this brutal-but-beautiful sport could really be.

This was when the casual fan could become a fan for life.

The tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs was going to be played at The Big House—Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

A world-record crowd of 115,000 was expected. 

Not so much.

“The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today’s decision unavoidable,” said Bill Daly, the NHL Deputy Commissioner. ...

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