Feb. 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (left), defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, goalie Jimmy Howard, center Pavel Datsyuk, and center Henrik Zetterberg (40) during a press conference for the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Lockout Update: NHL Cancels Winter Classic, Season in Serious Jeopardy


Several sources, including ESPN and AP, are reporting that the NHL has canceled the annual Winter Classic due to the lockout. The 2013 Winter Classic was to be held at Michigan Stadium (aka “Big House”) between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, and the NHL was looking to set an attendance record of most people to watch a hockey game.

But, none of those dreams will come to fruition, as the beat of the dreadful lockout rolls on, which is now well over a month old.

The NHL and NHLPA have yet to meet since October 18, and the hurricane out east has seriously hampered what little communication the two sides have had. The Chicago Tribune reports that negotiations could resume in the “near future”, as they will try and salvage at least a shortened season.

However, the cancelation of the Winter Classic has players worrying that the entire NHL season is on deck.

“It’s fading,” Red Wings’ forward Johan Franzen said. “The longer it goes, the more likely it is there’s not going to be a season.”

While we wait for more news, check out this beauty from Logan Couture in the Swiss National League:


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