Winter Classic 2013 canceled, but Big House to get 2014 game, says report

Patrick McDermott

The 2014 Winter Classic will be hosted by the Detroit Red Wings at the University of Michigan's football stadium, just as it was supposed to be in 2013.

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be held at the University of Michigan's football stadium, according to a report by the Associated Press on Friday afternoon.

The 2013 Winter Classic was scheduled to take place at the same venue and would pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup of two Original Six teams. However, due to the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the NHL Players Association, it is all but certain that the league will be announcing the cancelation of the event on Friday afternoon around 2 p.m., ET.

According to the AP, the league will still allow the Red Wings to host the next Winter Classic and will in essence move this year's game to next. The report did not mention whether the Maple Leafs would still remain the opponent in the game, but it seems unlikely that the league would pull them from the event.

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