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.

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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