By Mike Harrington
The NHL might be the only entity in the world that likes making announcements on Sunday mornings (see end of lockout) but they made a nice one today with the confirmation that the lockout-canceled Winter Classic of Jan. 1 has been rescheduled for Jan. 1, 2014.
Same setup: Maple Leafs-Red Wings at The Big House on the University of Michigan campus with a concurrent schedule of NHL Alumni, college and high school games on a rink at Comerica Park in Detroit, home of the Tigers. The league said today it expects to have enough alumni available that it will play two alumni games on New Year's Eve.
A world record crowd for an ice hockey game could attend the main event, potentially surpassing the 104,173 that saw the Michigan-Michigan State game at Michigan Stadium in 2010. The league also announced that HBO will again do the award-winning "24/7" series on the Leafs and Wings. And remember, BOTH teams will be in the Sabres' division next season.
And the game will be a marketing dream as well. Check out the jerseys at the top of this post. Plain awesome. Think a few of them might sell?