Winter Classic to ‘return’ to the Big House on New Year’s Day

By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor

After a lockout dismantled the 2013 Winter Classic that was set to be at the Big House in Ann Arbor against the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, it will be returning for 2014.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, that the Winter Classic will come “back” like it had originally planned in 2013 for a New Year’s Day game in 2014.

(Courtesy CBSSports.com)

(Courtesy CBSSports.com)

It will be the same as planned, with a Hockeytown Winter Festival set to happen at Comerica Park in the days leading up to the game. “The history of the teams’ cross-border rivalry, the nobility of The Big House, and the growing tradition of the NHL Winter Classic will raise the anticipation for this event to new heights,” said Bettman.

“We are delighted to offer our fans a spectacle at which the energy will be unmatched and the demand for tickets will be unprecedented.”

At the Winter Festival, there will be AHL, OHL, college, and high school hockey games along with two, count ‘em two, Alumni Games on New Year’s Eve.

Along with the announcement, the jerseys were unveiled by Kris Draper and his son along with former Leaf Darryl Sittler and 11-year old Andrew Park.

Quite surprisingly, after the announcement questions came asking about a possible outdoor game in Los Angeles at Dodgers Stadium. The NHL is looking into it and also looking into an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium featuring the New York Rangers. These two games could be a possible doubleheader on Hockey Day in America which usually occurs in mid-February.

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