Winter Classic will not set attendance record, per report

Gregory Shamus

It looks like the weather is going to keep the NHL from setting a world record for largest attendance at a hockey game.

It seemed that the NHL was on its way to setting a world record for the largest attendance at a hockey game during the 2014 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.

As it turns out, the good folks at Guiness are not going to give them the record according to a report from Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports.

And the weather may have been a reason why.

From Cotsonika.

Thanks, Mother Nature.

The Detroit and Ann Arbor areas were under a major snow storm on New Years Day, preventing many fans from getting to the game in a timely manner.

If nothing else, even though the NHL didn't get the world record for all of hockey, it still shattered its own record for a game which had previously been set during the inaugural Winter Classic in 2008 when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. More than 71,000 people attended that game.

The NHL continues its outdoor games this weekend when the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings kick off the Stadium Series with a game at Dodger Stadium. Then next week the fun shifts to Yankee Stadium where the Rangers will play a pair of games against the Islanders and Devils. In March, the Blackhawks will host the Penguins at Soldier Field.

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