When the NHL announced back in February that they would hold the annual Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, fans of hockey around the world began to mark their calendars. There is little doubt that the event between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings would have attracted the largest crowd ever to witness a live hockey game.
Unfortunately, the league and its players have alienated some of its hard core fans, and destroyed its relationship with some of the casual fans. I know many of the members of the Stadium Journey writing team were planning on using the event as a chance to get together, and that is no longer the case.
As someone who lives just a couple of miles from the Big House, I am personally saddened by the news that the game has been cancelled. Moreover, I am baffled that the NHL and the NHL Players Association are unable to even make the slightest progress towards a solution.
Sports fans are not interested in assigning blame. Sports fans want to see games, and the cancellation of a unique event like the Winter Classic is unforgivable.