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Winter Classic 2014: Leafs vs Wings


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Just pushed back from this year to next. It's not a done deal but all the information points....

It’s all still very hush-hush, but the Maple Leafs and Red Wings will indeed play next January in the NHL’s next instalment of the Winter Classic.

This year’s game, scheduled for New Year’s Day, was cancelled due to the lockout. It was expected to draw 110,000 fans.

But the Star has learned that the NHL is closing in on final talks with officials at the University of Michigan for use of its football stadium, and with the Detroit Tigers for use of Comerica Park in what would be a weeklong festival of hockey capped of by the NHL game.

“My guess is we will officially announce plans in early spring,” a source told the Star.

This will be the Leafs’ first appearance in the Winter Classic. The Red Wings have been part of it before.

Leafs Nation is expected to turn out in droves to help the NHL set a record for the highest single-game attendance in its history.

When the 2013 version of the game was cancelled, it was widely expected the Leafs and Wings would simply delay the game a year.

The 2014 game is expected to have all the bells and whistles of the one that was cancelled, which included AHL, OHL and university games at Comerica Park in the week leading up to the Winter Classic.

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