Winter Classic 2012 - Detroit Edition?
The Detroit Red Wings are in deep discussions with the NHL about hosting an outdoor game within the next two seasons.
According to MLive.com, the Red Wings expect to host the annual Winter Classic either next season or in 2013-14.
The Red Wings would prefer to have the game at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, also owned by Mike Ilitch. But it might take place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor due to its huge capacity.
The stadium hosted the "Big Chill at the Big House" on Dec. 11, 2010, attracting a world record announced crowd of 113,411 in the game between Michigan and Michigan State.
Detroit and New York are in line for the next two NHL outdoor games in the U.S.
Since the New York Rangers play in this season’s Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia against the Flyers, it stands to reason that Detroit would be the leading candidate to host next season’s game since the league is unlikely to have the same team (the Rangers) play in it two years in a row.
The Red Wings played in the 2009 Winter Classic at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, beating the Blackhawks 6-4.
A limited number of NHL cities in the U.S. can host these events due to climate. Buffalo, Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh already have hosted outdoor games.
The Red Wings most likely opponents would most likely be an American team, although almost all Wings fans would love a shot at the Toronto Maple Leafs. Likely opponents might be the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues or the Chicago Blackhawks, although they already played each other in the 2009 Winter Classic.
Also, keep in mind that if Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference next year, they would likely play someone from their own conference.
Finally Detroit might get an NHL event! Who do you think should play and where?