Red Wings and Maple Leafs got Winter Classic look correct

Finally we get to see what the Winter Classic jerseys will look like. Modeled by the children in the video, we got exactly what we were expecting after initial leaks. Now that we know this, I am glad it turned out the way it was supposed to turn out. Color vs colors will be a great touch to the game and I hope this will be a great show.

Good job NHL. After blowing it with the lockout, at least you kept it right.

*** Those alumni jerseys don’t look bad either!

What would have the Winter Classic jerseys looked like?

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Yesterday was supposed to be the annual NHL Winter Classic. But due to the lockout, the Detroit Red Wings never got their chance to host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Winter Classic is played outdoors and this was supposed to be played at the Big House at the University of Michigan. These games are played in throwback uniforms — although most times these uniforms aren’t historically accurate. But I was excited to see what these two classic teams would have worn.

The above photos were leaked and if the merchandise for the Winter Classic are any indication, we would have had a great look matchup at the Winter Classic.

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Too bad we’re not going to have the Winter Classic this year

Farewell Winter Classic.

With the NHL lockout, I was fearful of an entire lost season. Not only would the interest in hockey suffer a major blow, but now we’ve lost the Winter Classic.

As you may recall back in February when they first announced the upcoming Winter Classic, I was ecstatic for it and what it could lead to for the West Coast.

This annual matchup always brings the best out of hockey. Not only did the 24/7 series give us a glimpse of what a real hockey dressing room looks like, but it also was pretty sweet to see hockey outdoors.

Now with the Winter Classic gone, it is starting to hit me that we won’t have hockey this season. The NHL has grown on me since I lived in San Jose and every year I hope for the Sharks to finally win the Cup. Now I wait and hope for that chance to come around.

Maybe the NHL should make the home teams wear white again

If you missed it from yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings wore their white jerseys at home. That’s big news since the NHL mandates that the home team wears their dark jerseys. (I know it’s happened several times in the past couple years, but all were because of monumental celebrations. This was a little unexpected.)

In that same game, the Wings won their 20th straight home game. I think that might have factored into their decision into wearing white (not sure). And I think it looked very nice.

White at home was normal protocol until the league changed it for the 2002-03 season. And I have grown used to that rule since the majority of my hockey love happened a couple years after.

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Big House to get next Winter Classic and false hopes of it coming West

Will the commissioner bring the game out West?

The big announcement today from the NHL was that next year’s Winter Classic will take place at the Big House, home of the University of Michigan Wolverines. This is a very nice venue and I expect it to be a great turnout.

They’ve held hockey games in this stadium before and have drawn over 100,000 in attendance. This Winter Classic should have no problem drawing that crowd since it is Hockeytown.

The matchup between the Wings and the Leafs should be good too. Well, the Leafs aren’t that great of a team but they are the big Canadian team and it will surely draw a lot of interest going up against one of the league’s most consistent teams.

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