The 2013 NHL Winter Classic will be canceled, according to John Buccigross of ESPN, who says an announcement of the cancellation will come on Monday. The NHL All-Star Game will also be canceled, according to Buccigross.
The Winter Classic, a New Year's Day event, was slated to take place in Michigan Stadium, home of the University of Michigan football team, and feature a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The cancellation comes on the heels of the league also wiping out regular season games through the end of November, and could cost the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit big in lost revenue. According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the loss of the Winter Classic could cost the host cities up to $75-80 million.
As of three weeks ago, the event had already sold between 80-90,000 tickets. In a stadium with the capacity of nearly 110,000, the game was set to have a good shot at being the highest-attended hockey game ever.