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NHL cancels Winter Classic amid lockout

Published time: November 03, 2012 08:40
Edited time: November 03, 2012 12:40
A worker sprays water on the Winter Classic logo of the outdoor rink for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic ice hockey game at the ballpark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Reuters/Tim Shaffer)

A worker sprays water on the Winter Classic logo of the outdoor rink for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic ice hockey game at the ballpark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Reuters/Tim Shaffer)

The NHL has canceled the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for January 1 at Michigan Stadium.

The game in the Big House became the latest casualty of the lockout on Friday, when it was officially announced the league had decided to cancel the event.

The explanation was simple: the stadium, which holds more than 100,000 people and was expected to set a record for attendance at a hockey game, is not in position to adequately stage the event it time without a new labor deal.

The decision means the league will have to suffer multi-million dollar losses. The league was hoping the matchup between Detroit and Toronto would break the world record for ice hockey attendance. Michigan's and Michigan State's college ice hockey teams drew a record 104,173 fans in 2010.

Earlier in October, the NHL canceled all the regular season games until November 30. Talks to save the remainder of the season will resume in the near future.

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