Skip to comments.2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
Posted on 01/01/2014 7:30:06 AM PST by airborne
The proof could be found in both dressing rooms and on the ice Tuesday at Michigan Stadium.
"You can tell as soon as everyone walked in here, it was like a bunch of 13- and 14-year-olds in here," Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said after practicing at Michigan Stadium. "We were all excited and messing around with our new stuff, the eye black, the hats and everything. Everyone is pretty fired up."
The buildup for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will finally end shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday (NBC, CBC, RDS) when the puck is dropped at The Big House.
More than 105,000 are expected to file into the stadium to set a record for attendance at a hockey game.
Howard will be in the Red Wings' net playing opposite Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, who will be starting in his fourth straight game for the first time in his NHL career.
Two teams, each with 45 points through 41 games, will be battling for an important two points in an atmosphere which should be as raucous as it is frigid. The expected temperature should be somewhere in the mid-teens with overcast skies, some wind and snow flurries possible at the start of the game.
There will be kids skating on an auxiliary rink, award-winning musical artists performing the national anthems, and a military flyover.
This Winter Classic, the NHL's sixth edition of the outdoor extravaganza, a tradition started in a Buffalo blizzard in 2008, might just have it all.
"You don't remember everything in life, but you remember moments," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "This should be one."
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Woohoo, this is when the hockey season starts for me. The season is too long for me to pay attention to the whole thing.
There will likely be a record set for number of frostbite cases at a hockey game. It's been colder than a brass bra up there lately. I'll be watching on TV out on the pool deck.
Plenty cold enough. 12 degrees with a high of 16 expected.
Seems like snow could be a problem.
Local weather (Jackson just west of Ann Arbor)
Can’t wait to watch. I like the fact that it is two “original 6” teams playing.
My son and his gf are here- tail-gaiting right now..He said it looks like they are outnumbered 2-1 by Canadians....12 degree’s and snowing like crazy here in Michigan..
Winter classic webcam (video)
Delightful, high of 15°F with ~3” snow. Happy 2014 all you Michiganders! Go Red Wings!
just turned pre game on to see conditions.
Perfect for a hockey game
75 and raining here
A great viewing event spoiled by a very annoying announcer-Mike Emrick
Emrick is OK; I’ve heard worse.
Waiting for my son to arrive, going to watch with both sons today. We all have our jerseys on, even if none of them are Detroit or Toronto jerseys.
Hope Kessel gets a hat trick; need the points on my fantasy team this week.
Realizing I’m older than dirt, but the USA ladies hockey team girls mostly seemed pretty darned cute....
Looks so fun! Hoping to go to the Kings Ducks game at Dodger stadium! Outdoor hockey in LA!!! Hope it’s not still 70 degrees (like it has been for two weeks) (sorry) (if you’re jealous think whom we have to live with out here).
Hopefully it will be a little colder out there towards the end of January.
Doesn't he know a fighting major gets you tossed?
I’ll never forget Mike Milbury beating a fan with a shoe, he’s an expert on classless behavior. I’d like to see Olympic officials have a no tolerance policy on fighting. Any fight even after games and you’re tossed from the tournament.
Anybody else hopes this goes to a shootout? I like the shootout.
Attendance of 105,491 at Michigan Stadium #WinterClassic is a world record for watching a hockey game. @SiriusXMNHL
missed your comment earlier, here’s the Wings home broadcast.
OT baby...I bet it gets a bit chilly after sitting out 4 hrs or so...
I’m happy for Leafs nation it gives them something to hold onto for the next twenty years.
Good show by both teams.
LOL I root for the Wings but it was a good show.
Yes, good game! Now on to the USA Olympic team... no Bobby Ryan..Brooks Orpik gets picked....oh brother...
I like the shoot out, especially when Detroit loses!
Thanks for the attendance.
I was wondering what the total was.
“It’s a great day for hockey” - ‘Badger’ Bob Johnson
Red Berensen was there. How about that. He was big for the St. Louis Blues as well.
Toronto has had a number of lean years, they started coming back a bit last year. I don’t mind seeing the Leafs back.
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