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Well just read this today didn't see another topic on it yet, but the NHL will have another Winter Classic in Ann Arbor Michigan on January 1, 2014. Bettman has annouced this today, and it will be the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Detroit Red Wings, the same as it was suppose to be this year. There will also be an Alumni game on December 31, 2013, and HBO 24/7 will also return for the 2 teams involved.

The NHL is trying to make it up to the fans because of the lockout, so they are by the sounds of it having an additional outdoor game in Los Angeles [rumoured]. A player agent named Allan Walsh is reporting a deal has been completed, but the NHL hasn't annouced this one yet, it's something that is possible. Allan Walsh believes it will be somewhere around February, but still not to sure about it, but of course it will host the L.A. Kings, but who they will face is up for grabs, I would love to see the Canucks take on this game!

*Updated, it is now speculated it will be the L.A. Kings vs Anaheim Ducks if there is a 2nd outdoor game in 2014.

NHL Winter Classic 2014: League announces return to Ann Arbor

The National Hockey League will wipe the slate clean and try again with a Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Today, the NHL and commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league will stage its premier annual outdoor event at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1, 2014. The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit the Detroit Red Wings in a nationally televised game at The Big House. If all of this sounds familiar, well it should: this was the league's plan for a Winter Classic in 2013, but the lockout took the game away in late November.

The league also announced the Hockeytown Winter Festival, another event that was scrapped with the season and the Winter Classic. The festival will feature outdoor games for college, junior and alumni teams at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Alumni Showdown will take place at the home of the Detroit Tigers on Dec. 31, 2013. Finally, Bettman revealed that HBO will return to hockey in December, with 24/7: Maple Leafs-Red Wings, Road to the Winter Classic. The jersey for the game were also on display.

The Maple Leafs and the Red Wings, in fact, make more sense as the Winter Classic participants now than they did a year ago. The two teams will be together in a realigned division starting with the 2013-14 season. The 2014 event marks the sixth playing of the game. The event has been held in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before.


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Not a fan of the "Classics." The first one was good (read:interesting) but I haven't bothered with any since. I have an idea to reward and retain fans: concentrate on putting the best possible product on the ice, in indoor arenas, every night. This would include consistent and unbiased reffing & enforcement of the rules to ensure a fast-paced, exciting game with little impedement or interference. Or I could watch teams in throwback jerseys try and muck through slush and/or other natural phenomena once a year. Tough call.

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