Barring a miracle occurring tonight or at some point tomorrow, it appears as though the NHL will be canceling it’s annual Winter Classic game.
This years Winter Classic was set to be played by the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, outside of course and in front of what would’ve been a record crowd for not only the Winter Classic but possibly any outdoor sporting event ever. That was being projected because it was going to be held at the University of Michigan’s football stadium known as the “Big House”. Get it? Because its big.
The cancellation of the Winter Classic has been speculated for a while now and depending on who you want to believe the announcement will be coming Thursday or Friday.
The reason the NHL will be canceling the game by Friday is because they would need to pay the University of Michigan $250,000 on Friday as part of its payment plan to use the massive stadium, according to TSN.
That’s not all the NHL would owe, however. The rest of the payment plan was to be paid out over three more payments. $1 million paid on December 7th and 28th, then finally $650,000 on January 18th.
Also included in the cancellations will be numerous college, juniors, AHL and alumni games that were set to be played in the Detroit Tigers home field, Comerica Park. For a full list of the cancelled events that were going to be held at Comerica Park, check out Greg Wyshynski’s article on Yahoo’s Puck Daddy.
So, we just recently had games cancelled through November 30th and now they will be canceling the Winter Classic. What’s next? The all-star game that the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to host? The entire season? I don’t know but at least the NHL and NHLPA have plenty of meetings scheduled this week to hash out a new CBA. Sorry, I lied. They have no meetings scheduled at all this week or anytime soon for that matter. But hey, both sides care about the fans.