NHL Cancels Winter Classic Game
League scraps one of its biggest TV events as lockout drags on
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/2/2012 3:14:20 PM
This year's game was to be held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. It would have been the first time a Canadian team took part in the annual outdoor hockey showcase. The two teams will now play in next season's Winter Classic, to be held at the same location.
"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 Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events."
The annual New Year's Day game is one of the highlights of the NHL schedule, usually drawing the league's biggest ratings during the season. Last year's game on NBC was the most watched regular season game in 36 years. HBO also has a Road to the Winter Classic version of its popular 24/7 documentary franchise.
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