The Press Conference was held earlier today. Reported on our podcast a month ago, it is now official.
Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs. Winter Classic 2013.
The NHL issued the following press release;
NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Thursday that the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus in the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Nicknamed “The Big House,” Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in North America. It is anticipated that the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® could set an all-time world attendance record for a hockey game.
“The Toronto Maple Leafs and our fans are extremely thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke. “The rich hockey heritage of these two Original Six hockey clubs will make an extremely memorable event played in front of the NHL’s largest crowd ever. The atmosphere will be an outstanding spectacle for our sport.”
“Hockey Town meets Leafs Nation. This is a classic rivalry almost as old as the league itself,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “It is going to be great to see two of the greatest hockey clubs in the world whose matchups have produced some of the greatest memories in hockey history battle it out in front of over 100,000 fans.”
To learn more information on tickets get in on the 2013 NHL Winter Classic pre-sale list
Check out a cool video that accompanied the press release here;
And for those wondering what this game will look like, check out highlights of ‘The Big Chill’, played on December 11, 2010 at the University of Michigan (site of the 2013 Winter Classic). The game, which pitted Michigan with long-time rival Michigan State had an official capacity of 109,901. The ‘Big Chill’ set a world hockey record with an announced attendance of 113,411, surpassing the previous hockey record of 77,803 fans from the 2010 IIHF’s World Championship opening game in Germany by over 35,000 people.
I can’t wait for this. Keep your All Star Games and Pro Bowls. This is a game that matters and this year Toronto will represent!
Here’s hoping for another HBO 24/7 special, like we’ve had for the previous two games.
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