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Old 11-02-2012, 03:16 PM
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NHL Cancels 2013 Winter Classic

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced the cancellation of the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The game was scheduled for Jan. 1 between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, the League announced all SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival events scheduled for Dec. 16-31 at Comerica Park in Detroit are cancelled.

The next NHL Winter Classic – featuring the Red Wings and Maple Leafs - and Hockeytown Winter Festival will take place at the University of Michigan and Comerica Park, respectively. Those who have purchased tickets for the 2012-13 events can either receive refunds or maintain their tickets for the future events.

The cancellation was necessary because, given the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL, the League was not in a position to do all that is necessary to adequately stage events of this magnitude. This year's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the companion SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival called for the construction of major outdoor rink facilities at both Comerica Park and 'The Big House'. Multiple games involving teams from the NHL, NCAA, American Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, high school and local minor hockey leagues were scheduled, requiring travel and hotel commitments. Beyond the construction of two major outdoor rink facilities, the combined events were preparing to welcome nearly 400,000 guests to Detroit and Ann Arbor over the holiday period.

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events."

"We look forward to bringing the next Winter Classic and the Hockeytown Winter Festival to Michigan," Daly added.

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:19 PM
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Just cancel the season you pri cks... Count your piles of money and let me move on with my life... or just shoot Bettman in the face and let's play hockey!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:33 PM
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Good.

Hopefully when the league starts up again they skip the Red Wings in their WC "rotation."
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:48 PM
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Good.

Hopefully when the league starts up again they skip the Red Wings in their WC "rotation."
The Wings-Leafs WC was simply pushed back to 2014.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:33 PM
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The Wings-Leafs WC was simply pushed back to 2014.
Damn it. Was hoping to get out of seeing the Wings play in this thing.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:22 PM
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NHL is pretty much done in my opinion. They cannot recover from this and still be relevant in the US.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:38 PM
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Just cancel the season you pri cks... Count your piles of money and let me move on with my life... or just shoot Bettman in the face and let's play hockey!!!
Here's a riddle. I get shot in the face nightly but never die, how?
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:34 PM
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Here's a riddle. I get shot in the face nightly but never die, how?
Semen.

Not big news here. It was, as is the rest of the season, just a matter of time before its cancelled.
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I've never seen a league or business take such drastic steps to ensure that they stay at the bottom.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:01 AM
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Semen.

Not big news here. It was, as is the rest of the season, just a matter of time before its cancelled.
Your disgusting it was botox
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:36 AM
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This means its back to The Flyers turn for the winter classic?
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Getting rid of the most prestigious event is like haning up the skates. Both sides not even close to compromising is sad. RIP 2012-2013 season.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:36 AM
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At this point I couldn't care less. Cancel the season. I'm already over the hockey withdrawl. **** them all.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:51 PM
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great.. the "minors" are amazing... good fast hockey! glad they are getting some play.
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