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This just got real…
Katie Strang and Craig Custance, ESPN.com --- The NHL also canceled all of the Winter Festival events scheduled for Dec. 16-31 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The league was tasked with a unique challenge this year in building two rinks -- one at "The Big House" and one at Comerica Park -- and has a contract with the former that requires the NHL to pay for any expenses occurred by the university if the event was canceled later than Nov. 2. The NHL also owed $250,000 of the $3 million rental fee on Nov. 2.
This is not believed to be the biggest deal-breaker, however.
The league did not want to host such an event without the usual bells and whistles -- HBO's "24/7"show documenting the event would've been virtually impossible to pull off -- and it did not want the pageantry of the event tainted by the work stoppage.
"That's one of those things that you were really looking forward to this year," said Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "Everyone here, not only the players but the fans. Everyone would be bummed out."
Can you imagine being one of the college hockey teams that was going to play outdoors in the winter classic for the Great Lakes Invitational? Actually, it would be a major downer to be one of those teams (Western Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech) that was set to play in Comercia Park on December 28-29, 2012. Now since the NHLPA and the NHL Owners can’t settle their differences this will be all for not. Of course, they moved the tourney in doors but it won’t be the same.
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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings forward Darren Helm could be looking at more surgery after getting injured during Friday's player-run practice in Troy.
A source familiar with the situation said Helm suffered a fractured cheekbone. He is to see a specialist today to determine whether the break will heal on its own, or if an operation is required...
Lev Prague bought the KHL rights to Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar as an investment in the future rather than with short-term plans in mind, Lev general manager Normunds Sejejs told R-Sport on Thursday.
With nine games for the Red Wings since signing in 2009, Tatar has previously hinted he will look to Europe if he fails to break into the Detroit...
TROY, Mich. -- The NHL sure knows how to ruin a good thing.
Since the previous lockout killed the entire 2004-05 season, the league had actually done some good things to move the game forward: changing the rules to allow skilled players more freedom; working to prevent and treat head injuries more effectively; and creating the Winter Classic, an annual outdoor celebration of hockey...
Feb. 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (left), Nicklas Lidstrom (5), center Henrik Zetterberg (40), center Pavel Datsyuk (13), and goalie Jimmy Howard (right) pose for a photo with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (third from left) during a press conference for the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan...
In the midst of the NHL Lockout, the League announced Friday that the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium as well as all corresponding events leading up would be cancelled.
Those events leading up to the Winter Classic on January 1st were AHL, college, high school and alumni games that were to take place at Comerica Park between...
The NHL has canceled the 2013 Winter Classic, the AP reported. The Jan. 1 game was set to pit the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Continue reading →
Well the curtain fell on the Winter Classic yesterday, and judging by the reactions over twitter and facebook fans areâ¦â¦.surprisingly indifferent, actuallyâ¦â¦
Well lucky for all of you fans who arenât asking for anything of the sort, TheScore.ca took it upon themselves to provide the next best/worst possible/âmehâ inducing thing to an actual Maple...
Well folks, sorry I was mistaken in reading the schedule. There was a game last night;
Wednesday, October 31st
Pittsburgh (4-5-0) @ Washington (7-3-0)
Pittsburgh dropped to below .500 in an absolute blowout. Washington reams Fleury. WSH 5 – 1 PIT
Thursday, November 1st
Detroit (5-4-0) @ Calgary (3-3-2)
After a three game win streak to start the season, the Flames haven’t won...