NHL cancels New Year's Day Winter Classic game

November 2, 2012 21:34


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The Winter Classic became the latest casualty in a bitter labor dispute between National Hockey League owners and players on Friday, when the league cancelled the showcase event with negotiations stalled.

The New Year's day extravaganza featuring Original Six rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings was scheduled to be played at the University of Michigan's football stadium in Ann Arbor, attracting a potential NHL record crowd of over 110,000 fans to the venue known as the Big House.

The Winter Classic joined hundreds of regular season games already cancelled since the league locked out players on Sept. 15.

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