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Winter Classic 2013 officially canceled by NHL in wake of lockout

The 2013 Winter Classic has officially been canceled by the NHL. If there is a 2014 Winter Classic, it will feature the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.

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Players react to cancellation of Winter Classic

Jimmy Howard and Ian White are disappointed that the Winter Classic was cancelled on Friday.

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Wings, Leafs to meet in 2014 Winter Classic

Michigan Stadium will host the NHL's Winter Classic in 2014.

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NHL cancels 2013 Winter Classic

The NHL has decided to cancel the 2013 Winter Classic, which means the entire Winter Festival will be wiped out as well.

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NHL to cancel Winter Classic on Thursday

The NHL will cancel the 2013 Winter Classic on Thursday, according to a report.

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Winter Classic to be canceled, announcement Monday

The NHL lockout continues cancellations, now wiping out the Winter Classic and All-Star Game.

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Cancelling Winter Classic could cost $80 million

Decision on the NHL's New Year's Day event is quickly approaching deadline, and cancellation could cost the host city in a big way.

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Winter Classic cancellation date is approaching

The Winter Classic has become a signature event for the NHL, but a contentious lockout scenario threatens to knock it off the schedule for 2013.

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Many fearing 2013 Winter Classic now in jeopardy

NHL staff have no future plans to visit Ann Arbor, making many fearful that the ongoing NHL lockout is threatening the 2013 Winter Classic.

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Over 80,000 tickets sold to 2013 Winter Classic

There's little doubting the Winter Classic's popularity. The 2013 Winter Classic is set to be held in Ann Arbor, Mich., at Michigan Stadium, as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to the University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, at least 80,000 tickets have already been sold, and as many as 90,000 have been sold.

Michigan Stadium is the largest non-motor sport stadium in the United States, with a capacity of 109,901.

The NHL could end up selling even more than 90,000 tickets to the 2013 Winter Classic, but the NHL and NHLPA will need to resolve the latest NHL lockout. Unless the lockout is lifted within the next month, the league could cancel the game to avoid the NHLPA using it as leverage.

The Winter Classic has turned into one of the NHL's marquee moments, and certainly the highlight of the NHL's regular season. Hopefully, Red Wings fans will get to see their team take on the Maple Leafs on New Year's Day.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Red Wings Add Red Berenson, Aaron Ward, Others

The Detroit Red Wings have been adding some very solid names to their Alumni Game for the Winter Classic festivities at the end of the year. Previously, they added in Vyacheslav Fetisov and Igor Larionov to unite one of the most explosive pairings in hockey's storied history, and now they've got some more solid names to add to the roster.

According to the official website, Dennis Polonich, who is notably the shortest drafted player to play for the Red Wings, has been added to the roster. On top of that, defenseman Aaron Ward and forwards Red Berenson (the University of Michigan's hockey coach) and Jimmy Carson have also been added to the game's roster.

Polonich had a storied career, and there's plenty of quotes on the official website, as well as some stories about his high-profile career in Detroit. He notes that it's a huge honor to be playing in the game with some of the names that have already been announced, and it's very clear to see that he's truly happy to come back and put on the Red Wings' colors once again.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Red Wings Add Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov To Roster

The Detroit Red Wings are very excited for the 2013 Winter Classic, and everything pertaining to it is a big announcement for them. Of particular note is the Alumni Showdown on New Year's Eve -- always a big part of festivities. The game drew huge attendance in the last Winter Classic, and the Red Wings are doing their best to make the alumni roster exciting and interesting for fans.

According to the official website, the team has added Vyacheslav Fetisov and Igor Larionov, so they're doing just that: making things interesting. The pair, joined with players like Vladimir Krutov, Sergei Makarov and Alexi Kasatonov, took the Russians to five world championships and the 1981 Canada Cup. They were part of some of the most dominant lines in hockey history.

And that includes their time on the Red Wings. Detroit acquired Larionov in a trade during the 1995-96 season to unite him with Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov. There's plenty more on both guys and their achievements on the official website. For now, suffice to say that there's some exciting names on the Alumni Showdown roster already known and this should be a good one to watch, especially for nostalgia's sake.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Scotty Bowman, Pat Quinn To Coach Respective Squads

We've heard a lot already about the Winter Classic Alumni Game, including the preliminary rosters. The game itself is between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it seems like it's getting bigger and bigger every year. And on Thursday, the game got just a little bit bigger with the addition of two legendary coaches to take part in the game.

According to the Red Wings' official website, Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn will be the primary coaches facing off against one another. Bowman is the former Red Wings coach who won three Stanley Cups with the organization (1997, 1998, 2002) and spent 11 years with the team. He's also the winningest coach in NHL history with 1,244 career wins.

Quinn is the NHL's fourth winningest coach of all time and has had some impressive wins outside of the NHL, with a Team Canada gold medal in 2002 and a 2004 World Cup of Hockey victory in 2004. Red Kelly will join Quinn, while Barry Smith will join Bowman.

These two have a big history together -- check the link from the official website for more -- but it's Quinn that holds the head-to-head advantage in this matchup, with a 14-12-4 record against Bowman's squads. The Alumni Showdown is scheduled for Dec. 31.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic Alumni Showdown: Preliminary Rosters Announced

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Comerica Park, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced their preliminary rosters for the Alumni Showdown. The event will be held on Dec. 31 as part of the lead-up to the 2013 Winter Classic, and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said that there could be two games in order to allow more former players to take part in the action.

For the Red Wings, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio are going to be coaches and ambassadors. Here's a look at the players currently committed to play in the Alumni Showdown: Mark Howe, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Darren McCarty, Dino Ciccarelli, Jiri Fischer, Joe Kocur, John Ogrodnick, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Larry Murphy, Luc Robitaille, Mickey Redmond, Igor Larionov and Mike Vernon.

More players will be added at a later date, and Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson, who played for the Red Wings in the 1970s, is expected to be one of the additions.

You can check out the Maple Leafs' current roster here.

Tickets for the Alumni Showdown are going to be available via a lottery in mid-August. Tickets for the other Hockeytown Winter Festival events at Comerica Park will go on sale on Aug. 1.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic 2013: Start Time Set For 1 P.M.

With the Detroit Red Wings' 2012-13 schedule being released on Thursday, we now know the official start time for the 2013 Winter Classic. There had been rumors that it would begin as early as noon on Jan. 1, but its official start time, according to the schedule, is 1 p.m. ET.

On the one hand, with the Winter Classic starting at 1 p.m. ET, it should avoid a conflict with the Rose Bowl, which typically begins at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 1. The issue is that it will still conflict with college football bowl games. The Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl and Capital One Bowl all will likely start at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day, and it's possible Michigan and Michigan State could end up playing in those games.

This is nothing new, of course, but it reinforces the stupidity on the NHL's part of playing the game on New Year's Day. Around the holidays, it's tough to avoid conflicts with football, but going up against college football's most notable day of bowls is just not smart. As a sports fan, I'd much rather have the Winter Classic be played on the night of New Year's Eve rather than New Year's Day, especially this year. If it comes down to the Winter Classic or a bowl game involving the Wolverines and Spartans, it is going to be a tough choice for fans, and I have a feeling many will choose football.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Hockeytown Winter Festival Schedule Announced By Red Wings

The 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium is the main event, but there are a lot of fun events that will be held at Comerica Park on the undercard in the weeks leading up to the game. Specifically, the Detroit Red Wings are going to hold the Hockeytown Winter Festival in the month of December. Earlier this week, the schedule for the Hockeytown Winter Festival was announced.

We now know that the Great Lakes Invitational will be held on Dec. 27 and 28 at Comerica Park. Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Michigan Tech will compete in the GLI, and there will be two games on each day -- the semifinals on Dec. 27 and the third-place game and championship on Dec. 28.

On Dec. 29, a doubleheader featuring teams from the OHL will be held at Comerica Park. The Windsor Spitfires will play the Saginaw Spirit in one game, and the Plymouth Whalers will take on the London Knights in the other.

The action will continue on Dec. 30 with a game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies. These teams are the AHL affiliates of the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Finally, the action at Comerica Park will come to a close on Dec. 31 with the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown. This should be a fun event with so many former players coming back to take part in the game, and it should be a nice lead-in to the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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2013 Winter Classic Ticket Prices, Seating Chart Released

An official announcement from the Detroit Red Wings has not yet been made, but a seating chart has been posted on the team's official website for the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. A seating chart has also been posted for Comerica Park, although it's not clear if the prices of the tickets on it are for the Great Lakes Invitational, the Red Wings-Maple Leafs alumni game or both.

The seating chart for Michigan Stadium (see below) shows a price range of $89-279 for tickets to the Winter Classic. The cheapest tickets are for the seats closest to the field since it'll be harder to view the action the farther you are down the bowl. The prices gradually go up to levels of $129, $149, $189, $219, $249 and $279. The most expensive tickets are in the luxury boxes on the east sideline.

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For Comerica Park, the prices are much more affordable (see below). There are three price levels: $18, $28 and $38. The most expensive seats are in the upper deck, while the cheapest ones are in the outfield and around the first and third base lines and behind home plate.

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Right now there isn't a specific date for when tickets will be made available to the public for the 2013 Winter Classic and other events.

(Via MLive)

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Winter Classic 2013: NHL Announces Red Wings Vs. Maple Leafs At Big House

The 2013 Winter Classic is officially headed to Michigan. The event will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, as announced by the NHL in Detroit on Thursday morning. The announcement ended months of speculation surrounding the event and made it clear that the league has all its sights set on breaking the hockey attendance record with this game.

Although the game itself will take place at the Big House in Ann Arbor, the focus of the first announcement of the day was on the city of Detroit. There has been some criticism over the fact that Detroit won't get to host the game, but there will be a Hockeytown Winter Festival with several games featuring college, AHL, OHL and youth teams at Comerica Park in December.

As for the main event, the game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium will take place on Jan. 1, 2013. More information, such as when tickets will go on sale, will be available at a later date.

Although New Year's Day 2013 is quite a ways away, already there is a lot of excitement and hype surrounding this event. Not only is it poised to break a record, but the fact that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will renew their rivalry outdoors is very exciting. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke promised that a lot of blue will be in the crowd, and you can bet there will also be a lot of red as two of the NHL's Original Six teams get together for the 2013 Winter Classic.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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Winter Classic 2013: Michigan Regents Approve Use Of Stadium For Event

The University of Michigan's Board of Regents met on Wednesday morning and approved a resolution that will allow Michigan Stadium to be used by the NHL as the host of the 2013 Winter Classic. The vote was a 5-0 decision. (Denise Ilitch, who is on the board and is the daughter of Detroit Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch, abstained from voting to avoid a conflict of interest.)

The 2013 Winter Classic, which will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, could break the hockey attendance record set in December 2010 by The Big Chill at the Big House (certified at 104,173). The NHL is expecting to fill the Big House, which has seen more than 114,000 people cram into the stadium for football games before. Considering how big the fan bases are for the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, I think it's a safe bet that the record will be broken.

While Michigan will likely lose its attendance record, I don't think the school will mind considering the NHL is going to pay $3 million for use of the Big House. The league is promising a "significant contribution" to Michigan's scholarship fund, although I'm not sure if that's in addition to the $3 million or part of the $3 million. In any case, the exposure Michigan will get from the event will also be very worthwhile.

Because this will be an NHL-run event, the Regents requested that a liquor license be obtained for the game. This will allow the NHL to sell beer at Michigan Stadium, which normally prohibits alcohol on the premises. That doesn't stop some people from bringing it in, namely students, but people will be able to buy it at the Winter Classic. (Side note: There will not be any student tickets for this game since it's the NHL's event. There will be advertising present, unlike at Michigan football games.)

The one other piece of noteworthy news that came out of the meeting on Wednesday is that the game will start at noon. The Winter Classic has started around 1 p.m. in the past, although in recent years the start was delayed because of weather issues. For the Red Wings/Maple Leafs game, the start time is designed to allow people to watch bowl games later in the day. Of course, considering how many bowl games are in the afternoon, there's a very good chance there will be a conflict with Michigan and/or Michigan State, so people may be forced to choose between the Winter Classic and their school's bowl game.

Two announcements about the Winter Classic are scheduled for Thursday. There will be an announcement at Comerica Park at 10:30 a.m. and a separate one at 1:15 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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