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It’s official: Maple Leafs host Red Wings in 2017 Centennial Classic


Another outdoor game is official for next season: the Detroit Red Wings will face the Toronto Maple Leafs at BMO Field in Toronto on New Year’s Day 2017 for the 2017 Centennial Classic.

Here’s part of the league’s official announcement; you can read the whole thing here.

In 2017, the NHL will conduct a year-long Centennial celebration that will feature a variety of ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events that will highlight 100 years of NHL hockey and also will recognize a number of milestone anniversaries for member Clubs, including the Maple Leafs.

The game will be a rematch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. On New Year’s Day 2014, a record crowd of 105,491 watched the Red Wings and Maple Leafs rekindle their Original Six™ rivalry at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Snow fell throughout the day, providing the perfect backdrop for a thrilling game, which the Maple Leafs won, 3-2, in a shootout.

Other official game: The Winnipeg Jets host the Heritage Classic early in 2016-17.

Two more official, finalizing all four: Click here for the full post.

Earlier today on PHT: There could be four outdoor games, although only (one, now two) are official.