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Red Wings to host 2014 Winter Classic, says GM

The Detroit Red Wings will host the 2014 Winter Classic.

Bruce Bennett

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the team will host the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Detroit was scheduled to host the 2013 event at Michigan Stadium against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, the event was canceled due to the lockout.

Holland confirmed the news while addressing an audience at Hockeytown Café in attendance for the monthly Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association luncheon. He did not state whether the Maple Leafs would remain part of the game, but it is largely assumed that will be the case.

The event was scheduled to have several extracurricular activities, such as the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the Great Lakes Invitational (a college hockey tournament), as well as a host of games ranging from amateur to professional level.

Holland stated that the organization is looking to make minor adjustments to the scheduling of the events in order to optimize the experience for fans.