I said at the beginning of the lockout to anyone that asked me about the National Hockey League situation, that the league would be dumb if they did not play the 2013 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Detroit.
With 100,000 fans expected to attend the University of Michigan to see the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs, the game would have been a gigantic moneymaker for the NHL.
Today the NHL announced there will be no Winter Classic. Sure, you can have one in 2014, but without the Winter Classic taking place, the chances of their being a season are significantly bleaker.
One comment from a Maple Leafs fan I read on the Internet today made me chuckle. “On the bright side, the Leafs are still tied for first overall in the standings” said a fan posted as of November 2.