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NHL cancels 2013 Winter Classic

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The NHL cancelled the 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Redwings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the league announced Friday, ESPN said.
The game was scheduled to take place on New Year's day at the University of Michigan's football field in Ann Arbor, ESPN said.
"We simply are out of time," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the LA Times. "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 Winter Classic is just one of many games that have been cancelled due to the NHL's player lockout. For many fans and players though, canceling the event puts the entire season in real jeopardy.
"It's definitely very disappointing," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said to the Times about the classic. "Not only was I looking forward to it but so were all my friends and family. It was going to be a great event not just for us but all the businesses and hotels and fans excited to see us and Toronto play."

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