The 2014 Winter Classic is official and will pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. It will be the second time in Winter Classic history that two division rivals will face off – the New York Rangers played the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in 2012.
With the NHL’s conference realignment that is set to begin next season, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be competing in the same division in the Eastern Conference.
“The history of the teams’ cross-border rivalry, the nobility of The Big House and the growing tradition of the NHL Winter Classic will raise the anticipation for this event to new heights,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We are delighted to offer our fans a spectacle at which the energy will be unmatched and the demand for tickets will be unprecedented. For anyone involved in any way — as a player, a coach, an official, a fan — this NHL Winter Classic will be a truly memorable hockey moment.”
For the game, both teams will be going with a retro look:
The two teams have faced off many times in the past and Detroit holds a slim 646-645 edge in the rivalry.
It is believed that this event could draw a record audience.