NHL schedules Sunday press conference in Detroit for likely Winter Classic
The 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium keeps getting more and more official.
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com file
The NHL has scheduled a press conference for Sunday morning at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for what it’s calling “an announcement and a jersey unveiling.” The expectation is that it will officially announce plans to hold the 2014 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2013, but was canceled due to the NHL lockout.
Since then, every indication has been that the event would simply be pushed back a year. Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said as much in January, and on March 21 the University of Michigan Board of Regents reaffirmed its previous contract with the NHL, which allows the league to lease the stadium for up to $3 million.
Sunday will likely provide more details on the event, including what jerseys the two teams will be wearing.
The plan for the 2013 Winter Classic also included holding the Great Lakes Invitational outdoors at Comerica Park in late December featuring the University of Michigan hockey team. University of Michigan spokesperson Dave Ablauf said that a plan for next season's GLI "hasn't even been discussed."
Holland said in January that the Winter Classic’s surrounding events would be “tweaked.”