Winter Classic Part II?
That’s the word on the street from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman on Saturday night. According to Friedman, the Detroit Red Wings will likely travel to Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs outdoors on New Years Day 2017.
The Detroit Red Wings will play the Toronto Maple Leafs outdoors next year in Toronto on New Years Day, per @FriedgeHNIC
— DetroitSportsNation (@detsportsnation) February 14, 2016
.@FriedgeHNIC reports Leafs would likely face Red Wings in outdoor game on New Year's Day 2017.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 14, 2016
There are multiple outdoor games next year, including a prospective January 2nd game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. No word on which game will officially be named the “Winter Classic” yet. Toronto’s 100th anniversary is next season and there was almost a guarantee that they would get some kind of big event to celebrate. Detroit and Toronto already competed in one Winter Classic in 2014 at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan with the Leafs winning 3-2 in a shootout.
The most likely venue for this game would be Rogers Centre, home of the MLB’s Blue Jays and CFL’s Argonauts. Stay tuned for more details.