New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NHL announced on Sunday that the 2014
Winter Classic will take place in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on New Year's
The New Year's Day game will feature the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto
Maple Leafs at the home of the Michigan Wolverines' football team.
This contest was supposed to take place during the current season, but the
extended lockout forced a cancellation of the NHL's annual outdoor game back
Detroit and Toronto will be division opponents next season thanks to the NHL's
new realignment plan that will begin for the start of the 2013-14 season. This
will be the second game amongst division opponents during the Winter Classic,
with the other being a contest between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York
Rangers at Citizens Bank Park in 2012.
"The history of the teams' cross-border rivalry, the nobility of The Big House
and the growing tradition of the NHL Winter Classic will raise the
anticipation for this event to new heights," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
said. "We are delighted to offer our fans a spectacle at which the energy will
be unmatched and the demand for tickets will be unprecedented. For anyone
involved in any way -- as a player, a coach, an official, a fan -- this NHL
Winter Classic will be a truly memorable hockey moment."
In addition to the game, the NHL will also have the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter
Festival at Comerica Park, home of MLB's Detroit Tigers. That event will start
in mid-December and feature hockey games representing all levels of the
sport. It will be open to the public and will also feature the Alumni Showdown
between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, which might have two games due to the
amount of alumni expected to participate.
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