Leafs, Wings to play in Winter Classic

A scene from the 2012 NHL Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers, (REUTERS)

A scene from the 2012 NHL Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers, (REUTERS)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

The only thing that can stop the Winter Classic now is a New Year's Day heat wave in Michigan.

After the looming lockout put a damper on preparations for a 2013 outdoor game between the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, eventually canceling it, the NHL announced Sunday that the entire event is back on, same time, same channel, including a week of related outdoor festivities.

The big match will be on Jan. 1 at the Big House at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A record crowd in excess of 100,000 is expected with alumni, college and AHL games also being outside at Comerica Park in Detroit in the days leading up to the event.


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