The 2013 Winter Classic was finally announced yesterday, ending a few monthsâ€™ worth of speculation that Toronto would square off against old rival Detroit at the Big House in Michigan. The event was announced with managersâ€™ Burke and Holland on hand, among others â€“ if their banter was any indication, the 24/7 feature should be awesome.
In addition to the game on the first day of 2013, the two teamâ€™s AHL affiliates will partake at their own outdoor game in a packed schedule over at the Tigersâ€™ Comerica Park. Also on the schedule is back-to-back CHL games, as well as the Leafs â€“ Wings alumni game.
Burke was asked by the NHL if he could fill up 50,000 seats with Leafs fans. He aptly replied, â€œGive me 72 hoursâ€. It will be truly awesome to see persistent Leafs fans stealing tickets from the Red Wingsâ€™ followers and covering 80% of Michiganâ€™s football stadium in blue and white.
Meanwhile, Ron Wilson, a grandfather of two, said he’d be cleaning up his language for the prospective 24/7 HBO series. Somewhere, Howard Berger is nodding approvingly.
– VLM puts it perfectly, Reimer still is the guy
– Jeffler goes nuts over it.
– Nikota wasn’t too fond of Schenn.
– The Leafs will dominate the Big House.
– Mislav’s Game in 10, check’er out right now.