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by George Malik on 04/07/13 at 10:58 AM ET
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs officially announced that the 2014 Winter Classic will take place in Ann Arbor, MI (at Michigan Stadium on January 1st, possibly the 1st Wings-Leafs game of the 13-14 season) with a doubleheader of Alumni Games preceding the main event on December 31st, and a Hockeytown Winter Festival preceding the main events (high school, NCAA GLI, OHL, AHL games, open skates and concerts at the Joe and Fox Theatre, and yes, HBO's 24/7 will return and air on HBO in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada). Here's what the jerseys look like for the alumni games (on the adults) and main game (kids wearing 'em). They are of course on sale at the Joe and online right now:
Update: sans Tweets, here are the main event jerseys...
On sale...Of course they're on sale!
2014 WINTER CLASSIC INFORMATION: Further details on the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, including ticketing information for each team, will be released shortly. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for any of the events associated with the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ should register to receive more information at either http://www.detroitredwings.com/2014nhlwinterclassic or http://www.mapleleafs.com/nhlwinterclassic.
The NHL's posted a clip of Will Arnett talking s*** as he's a Leafs fan...
Regarding the jerseys, from NHL.com...
The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, but parts of their uniforms will suggest they went back in time some 80 or so years.
Both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be wearing uniforms representing their storied pasts when they meet at Michigan Stadium on New Year's Day (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).
"Each year, our NHL Winter Classic uniform designs set out to honor and pay respect to the rich history of the game and the teams taking part in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," said Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing. "Each NHL Winter Classic uniform is an embodiment of that team's core brand values and represents memorable milestones in that team's history. To our fans, the NHL Winter Classic jersey is the ultimate keepsake from this extraordinary event, and with two Original Six franchises participating this year, we have created something quite special."
Detroit will be wearing iconic red and antique white uniforms featuring a striping pattern and arch Detroit wordmark inspired by the late-1920s Detroit Cougars. The front crest on the jersey will feature an early iteration of the winged wheel from the late 1930s Red Wings.
There's even a touch of the early 1980s Red Wings with the custom Detroit wordmark and the number system. Both are exclusive to the typeface worn by the Red Wings from 30 years ago.
The jerseys the Maple Leafs and Red Wings will wear at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
The captain's patch that will presumably be worn by Henrik Zetterberg will also pay homage to the team's heritage and former captains.
Toronto's uniforms will be royal blue and white and feature the distinct striping configuration inspired by the 1930s Maple Leafs. The front crest of the jersey will feature a distinct wordmark from the inaugural Maple Leafs' logo, revealed in 1927. The neckline design is taken from the sweaters worn by the Leafs throughout the 1960s and the running stitch detail on the numbers is a tribute to the Leafs' sweater from the mid-1950s.
"Reebok’s NHL Winter Classic jersey is one of the key elements to help make the NHL Winter Classic so unique, bringing back tradition and calling out memorable moments of the past for both teams," said Keith Leach, NHL Go To Market Director for Reebok. "We are very proud to once again be a part of this historic occasion in sports. The 2014 matchup will be especially exciting taking place at Michigan Stadium as the Detroit Red Wings take on their Canadian rival the Toronto Maple Leafs. In addition to the uniforms, we will continue to bring fans additional apparel offerings, including the highly sought after Reebok NHL Winter Classic knit hats and other unique merchandise styles which capture the teams' identities."
In addition, the uniforms that will be worn in the Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Year's Eve will be familiar to today's fans.
The Red Wings will wear the home version of the retro uniforms they wore in the 2009 Winter Classic. The Leafs' alumni will wear modern versions of the uniforms worn by the Leafs in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
And WXYZ's confirming as well:
As expected, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced that the 2014 Winter Classic will take place at the Big House in Ann Arbor and will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The announcement came Sunday morning on the ice at Joe Louis Arena.
Both teams were scheduled in the 2013 Winter Classic at The Big House. However, that game was canceled because of the NHL lockout.
However, the 2014 game is adding another level of complexity that the 2013 Winter Classic would not have had. Under the NHL's realignment plan that goes into effect with the 2013-14 season the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be competing in the same division.
Had the 2013 Winter Classic taken place, the teams would have faced off in different divisions.
This will be the second Winter Classic to feature division rivals. The first was the 2012 Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 2014 Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2014. Attendance is expected to surpass the record for people attending an ice hockey game. That record of 104,173 people was also set at Michigan Stadium in 2010 at a game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
The NHL also announced Sunday that Comerica Park will play host to the SiriusXM Hocketown Winter Festival beginning in mid-December. As part of that event, Comerica's infield will be turned into a hockey rink.
While that rink will be open to the public, it will also feature games between team's of all skill levels, including NHL alumni. The featured event will be the showdown between alumni of both the Maple Leafs and Red Wings on New Year's Eve.
Michigan Hockey has a Twitter post up as well.
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