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09:16 AM ET 01.22 | Even going into its sixth year, the N.H.L.'s Winter Classic retains the capacity to delight and astonish, as evidenced by last week's reports that the game next Jan. 1 will be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and will feature the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The current hockey attendance record is the Guinness-certified 104,173 who watched Michigan beat Michigan State on Dec. 11, 2010. (The crowd was originally announced at 113,411.)

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January 22, 2012  09:26 AM ET

They should make it. I can see a lot of Leafs fans making it to Ann Arbor. A little surprised NBC accepted a Canadian team in the game. They probably realized the match up just made too much sense.

January 22, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They should make it. I can see a lot of Leafs fans making it to Ann Arbor. A little surprised NBC accepted a Canadian team in the game. They probably realized the match up just made too much sense.

I have to agree with you there. A better match up might have been Detroit and Boston, but they were looking for bodies in the seats and those two teams can certainly but them there.

January 22, 2012  09:48 AM ET

I'm still having difficulty reading "Leafs" and "Classic" in the same sentence.

January 22, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I have to agree with you there. A better match up might have been Detroit and Boston, but they were looking for bodies in the seats and those two teams can certainly but them there.

They will. Boston-Detroit would've made for potentially a great game. Still, with 113,000+ seats to fill...

January 22, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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I'm still having difficulty reading "Leafs" and "Classic" in the same sentence.

Maybe NBC expects To***to to field the '67 team....

January 22, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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Maybe NBC expects To***to to field the '67 team....

LOL - That's probably the film they showed Costas. He wouldn't know the freakin' difference anyway.

January 22, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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They will. Boston-Detroit would've made for potentially a great game. Still, with 113,000+ seats to fill...

True, 114K were being 'true to your school' while this being NHL fans. Still it's better than a baseball field. Still should be a great international game with lots of viewers.

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January 22, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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True, 114K were being 'true to your school' while this being NHL fans. Still it's better than a baseball field. Still should be a great international game with lots of viewers.

If they're worried about attendance maybe they could use all three teams. Boston could play Detroit and the Leafs could skate around after the puck between periods much like the mini-tykes at Junior games.

January 22, 2012  12:05 PM ET

RIP Joe Paterno

January 22, 2012  12:06 PM ET

While the Classic will be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, other events associated with the Classic will occur at other venues, such as downtown Detroit's Winter Festival and hockey games and other winter athletic events (perhaps including an IHL game) at the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park

Hockeytown welcomes all hockey fans - and sports fans - from over the entire world to help us celebrate our Winter Festival.

January 22, 2012  12:20 PM ET

To me Detroit - Toronto makes alot more sense to me than Detroit - Boston. I'd much rather them save it & host a Bruins - Habs outdoor game if we're going to go for true rivalries.

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January 22, 2012  01:25 PM ET
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To me Detroit - Toronto makes alot more sense to me than Detroit - Boston. I'd much rather them save it & host a Bruins - Habs outdoor game if we're going to go for true rivalries.

+1

January 22, 2012  01:34 PM ET

Well, I think they're banking on the alumni game, not so much the actual game.

January 22, 2012  01:40 PM ET
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Well, I think they're banking on the alumni game, not so much the actual game.

I hadn't thought about that Santa. It'll be awesome + 10.

January 22, 2012  04:07 PM ET

I'd rather watch MSU and Michigan go at it again...

January 22, 2012  06:39 PM ET

Trivia .. with out cheating last Toronto team to play hockey outside was ?

January 22, 2012  07:10 PM ET

Clue they wore Green..

 
January 22, 2012  08:06 PM ET
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Trivia .. with out cheating last Toronto team to play hockey outside was ?

The Toronto Marlies just played the Hamilton Bulldogs outside at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton...

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