Why the Cancellation of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

November 2nd, 2012 by Curtis Ng Leave a reply »
After much speculation and numerous conflicting media reports, the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic was finally made official Friday afternoon by the NHL through an announcement on its website.

This is certainly a blow not only to fans of Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the teams that were scheduled to face each other on New Year's Day as part of the Winter Classic festivities, but to hockey fans everywhere as well as the sport itself.

However, it is important to note that the Winter Classic represents a single regular season game.

While its cancellation carries heavy symbolic significance, in reality, the casualty list for this lockout just went from a few hundred games to a few hundred plus one.

If the NHL actually cares about its public image, it won't have to worry much about how this new development will affect it because it's already bad enough.

The fans are pissed, the players are pissed and some of the owners are pissed as well (see: Melnyk, Eugene).

How successful would this year's iteration of the Winter Classic be anyway?

The event is not only a celebration of the game of h ...

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