With lockout dragging on, NHL cancels Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoor game

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NEW YORK — The NHL lockout has claimed one of the league’s marquee events.

The Jan. 1 Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium was called off by the league on Friday.

It follows the cancellation of all regular-season games through Nov. 30.

The NHL says the teams will instead play outdoors in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 1, 2014.

The Winter Classic has grown into a popular event since first being held in 2008 and the Maple Leafs-Red Wings matchup had been billed as the biggest yet.

By cancelling the game, the NHL forfeited a US$100,000 deposit already paid to the University of Michigan. It would have been on the hook for other expenses to the school if it was called off later on.

Organizations: NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings Maple Leafs-Red Wings University of Michigan

Geographic location: NEW YORK, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.

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