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Winter Classic latest casualty of NHL lockout

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Winter Classic latest casualty of NHL lockout

The NHLs annual Winter Classic has become a wildly successful and popular New Years Day event. Now, its the latest casualty in this lockout.
The 2013 Winter Classic, which would have pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, was officially canceled on Friday afternoon. The Hockeytown Winter Festival, which was slated for Dec. 16-3 at Comerica Park in Detroit, was also canceled.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly, in a statement, said the logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time.
"We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events.
The league said the Winter Classic had to be canceled because theres still no new collective bargaining agreement and the league was not in a position to do all that is necessary to adequately stage events of this magnitude. More than 400,000 people, according to the league, wouldve likely been in the DetroitAnn Arbor area for the Hockeytown Festival and Winter Classic.
We look forward to bringing the next Winter Classic and the Hockeytown Winter Festival to Michigan, Daly added in the statement.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr called the leagues cancellation of the Classic unnecessary and unfortunate, as was the owners implementation of the lockout itself.
The fact that the season has not started is a result of a unilateral decision by the owners; the players have always been ready to play while continuing to negotiate in good faith, Fehrs statement continued. We look forward to the leagues return to the bargaining table, so that the parties can find a way to end the lockout at the earliest possible date, and get the game back on the ice for the fans.
Ticket refund information for either event is located at nhl.comwinterclassicrefund.
Its one more cancellation during a lockout thats seen a few of them already. The league has already canceled regular-season games through Nov. 30.

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