The NHL Lockout has already resulted in the cancellation of 326 games from the regular season schedule. Now, according to a report from ESPN, that total could grow by one – the Winter Classic.
The annual outdoor game has become an NHL staple since the league introduced it in 2008. The event has been the league’s highest-rated regular season contest, with viewership numbers similar to that of the Stanley Cup. This season’s contest is set to be the first that involves a Canadian team, with the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.