2013 Winter Classic

19 Jan

Per the associated press:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says the school and the NHL are discussing bringing the Winter Classic to Michigan Stadium.

Brandon said conversations about the annual showcase game outdoors were continuing Wednesday amid reports that the Detroit Red Wings would play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1, 2013, at the Big House, which holds 110,000 on football game days.

The NHL said it had nothing to announce about the 2013 game.

Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have hosted the event, though the crowd for a Michigan Stadium game would likely be the biggest: Michigan and Michigan State attracted a Guinness World Record 104,173 people for a hockey game on Dec. 11, 2010.


The bad news?  Donald Fehr is running the NHLPA.

We just witnessed the NHLPA shooting down the proposed realignment plan that was so popular with fans.  The players for the most part were in favor of the new changes with the chance to see every team in the league with a home and away.  This was simply Donald Fehr huffing and puffing showing how tough his new players union is.  A shot across the bow to the owners in prelude to new CBA discussions.  Their message was simple.  This new CBA won’t be easy.  I would not be surprised one bit if Donald Fehr holds this game hostage in another diplay of power.  It’s too bad that the fans are going to get a big F.U. over this.



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