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Red Wings Winter Classic presser reveals jerseys for Alumni Games, main event

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!

Here's the NHL's official press release regarding the event:

2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® SET FOR MICHIGAN STADIUM ON JAN. 1 AS THE DETROIT RED WINGS HOST THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

World Record Crowd for a Hockey Game Anticipated at The Big House®

More Than 250,000 Fans Expected to Visit Downtown Detroit and the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™, a Celebration of Hockey at Comerica Park Highlighted by Two Alumni Games

2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Broadcast Live on NBC in U.S., CBC & RDS in Canada and on radio on SiriusXM


NEW YORK/DETROIT (April 7, 2013) – The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 1, when the Detroit Red Wings® will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs® at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus, the National Hockey League announced today. It is anticipated that the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® could set a world record for attendance at a hockey game. Nicknamed The Big House®, Michigan Stadium is the largest of its kind in North America. The game will be broadcast live on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC and RDS in Canada. SiriusXM Radio will provide live radio coverage.   

"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," 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."

In partnership with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, downtown Detroit is expected to host more than 250,000 visitors at the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™, an outdoor celebration of hockey held at Comerica Park beginning in mid-December. 

"In addition to representing a dramatic new step in the evolution of the NHL Winter Classic, the Hockeytown Winter Festival reflects the love Mike and Marian Ilitch have for the City of Detroit and its hockey fans," Commissioner Bettman added. "The scheduled activities will bring tens of thousands of fans downtown to connect with the NHL Winter Classic excitement, to enjoy the Festival experience and to share their passion for the sport."

The centerpiece of the Festival will be an outdoor rink placed on the infield of the ballpark that will feature games between teams representing every level of hockey and opportunities for open skating for the public. The showcase events at the Festival promise to be the two games featuring notable alumni of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs – the 2014 Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown™ – on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. In total, the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ is expected to feature youth games, high school hockey games, sled hockey games, AHL games, OHL games, the Great Lakes Invitational and more.

The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues the tradition the NHL® has established of hosting a regular-season game outdoors at the onset of the new year to celebrate the origin and history of hockey. A world record crowd for an ice hockey game could attend the 2014 event, surpassing the 104,173 people attending the game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Michigan Stadium in 2010.

Bridgestone, the Official Tire of the NHL and the NHLPA, returns as title sponsor of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for the fifth consecutive game.  For more information, visit http://www.bridgestonetire.com

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Two members of the NHL’s Original Six™, Detroit and Toronto are longtime rivals. The organizations first played each other on Jan. 4, 1927 when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars 2-1 in a game near Detroit. Under the approved realignment for the 2013-14 NHL season, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs once again will compete in the same division.

Not only is the Detroit-Toronto hockey rivalry a storied one, it is a competitive one.  All-time during the regular season, Detroit (275-273-93-3) has captured 646 points against Toronto, holding an advantage by the slimmest of margins over Toronto’s 645 (276-275-93-0) against Detroit. Additionally, the 117 playoff games between the franchises is the second most in NHL® history (170, Boston vs. Montreal). 

For the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will wear specially-designed uniforms inspired by the early years of each franchise. 

The Red Wings will wear iconic red and antique white uniforms featuring a striping pattern and arch Detroit wordmark inspired by the late-1920s Detroit Cougars™. The front crest is an early iteration of the winged wheel from the late 1930s, featuring a novelty felt appliqué with a distinct chain stitch embroidery.

The Maple Leafs will wear a royal blue and white unique uniform design and distinct striping configuration inspired by the Leafs circa the 1930s, a time when the franchise won its first Stanley Cup®. The front crest is a felt appliqué with a very distinct wordmark from the inaugural Maple Leafs logo, revealed in 1927.

The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® jerseys, along with other event merchandise, will arrive in stores as early as today. Alumni players in the two games at Comerica Park also will sport special uniforms.

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 www.mapleleafs.com/nhlwinterclassic.

Official fan packages for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® are now available from Global Event Forum, the Official NHL Events Fan Package Partner. For more information please visit nhl.com/fanpackages.

NHL.com will provide extensive digital video coverage and NHL Social will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #WinterClassic. NHL Network™ once again will provide hours of coverage live from Hockeytown in the days leading up to and after the game.

Five of the six most watched regular-season NHL games in the U.S. in the past 37 years have been played outdoors.  The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® in Pittsburgh on NBC aired in primetime and was the most-watched NHL regular season game in the U.S. with an average of 4.5 million viewers.  The event also drew the largest audience on CBC for any of the U.S.-based outdoor NHL games.

For the most recent iteration in Philadelphia, both the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Philadelphia Flyers® and New York Rangers® and the alumni game two days prior attracted sellout crowds.  More than 75,000 fans visited Spectator Plaza, the official outdoor hockey festival adjacent to the ballpark.

The first-ever NHL regular-season game contested outdoors was played in 2003 when the Edmonton Oilers® hosted the Montreal Canadiens® at Commonwealth Stadium.  The first New Year’s Day outdoor game in the U.S. featured the Buffalo Sabres® hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins® at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008.  In 2009, the Chicago Blackhawks® hosted the Red Wings at Wrigley Field.  In 2010, the Boston Bruins® hosted the Flyers at Fenway Park.  In 2011, the Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals® at Heinz Field.  In 2012, the Flyers hosted the Rangers at Citizens Bank Park.  In February 2011, the Calgary Flames® hosted the Canadiens in the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage ™ at McMahon Stadium.

 

Sportsnet's confirming, the NHL's confirming...

Hockeytown and The Big House will come together next winter for what is expected to be a historic holiday extravaganza of hockey culminating with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

The National Hockey League announced Sunday that the long-anticipated Winter Classic matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium on the campus of University of Michigan will take place on Jan. 1, 2014.

A world record crowd for an ice hockey game could attend the event, potentially surpassing the 104,173 people attending the game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Michigan Stadium in 2010.

"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."

The 2014 Winter Classic will be the second between division rivals -- the New York Rangers played the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in 2012.

Under the NHL's realignment plan beginning with the 2013-14 season, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be competing in the same division in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit and Toronto have played 644 times since Jan. 4, 1927, when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars 2-1. Detroit holds a slim edge in points gained in the all-time series, 646-645.

However, the Winter Classic game in Ann Arbor, Mich. between the two Original Six franchises is only the final piece of a hockey-centric celebration in downtown Detroit.

More than 250,000 people are expected to descend on Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, for the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, an outdoor celebration of hockey that will start in mid-December. The infield of the Tigers' home ballpark will be turned into a hockey rink that will be open to the public and will feature games between teams representing every level of hockey, including NHL alumni.

The 2014 Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown on New Year's Eve will be the featured event at Comerica Park. There are enough alumni expected to participate that two games will be necessary.

The SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival will also feature American Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, NCAA, high school and youth games.

"In addition to representing a dramatic new step in the evolution of the NHL Winter Classic, the Hockeytown Winter Festival reflects the love Mike and Marian Ilitch have for the City of Detroit and its hockey fans," Commissioner Bettman said, referencing the owners of the Detroit Red Wings. "The scheduled activities will bring tens of thousands of fans downtown to connect with the NHL Winter Classic excitement, to enjoy the Festival experience and to share their passion for the sport."

FYI:

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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igrover's avatar

Still undecided about the Wings jersey with the “Detroit” spelled out across the front.  The Leafs jersey looks fantastic though.

So - grab yourself a Lidstrom or Draper or other Wings’ white jersey who played in the Chicago Winter Classic game and then purchase one of the new red alumni jerseys and you have a home and away set!

Posted by igrover on 04/07/13 at 10:42 AM ET

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I like them (mostly). Am also unsure of “Detroit” across the front.  Would’ve been perfect with just the Winged Wheel.  Really like the 1982 number font.  The alumni jerseys look great!

Posted by loojay on 04/07/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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My take…those Wings’ unis are sick! Love them, especially the number/letter font.

Posted by godblender on 04/07/13 at 11:32 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Kinda wish Sittler or Kocur ? Would have given the little guy ( no! Not the kids) a nice elbow while they had the chance

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/07/13 at 12:43 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Don’t like the Winter Classic one…should have used the 2nd jersey in team history instead of a using elements of the 5th….won’t even buy it if it goes on clearance.

alumni ones are fine…

though leave it to the NHL to make sure they increase their jersey sales by not going back to home jerseys being white (when people already have it from the Wrigley game).

Posted by d ca on 04/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I was so excited about the 2013 alumni game just to see #7 and #10 lace them up. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anymore. Thanks Gary and Jeremy Jacobs. Asses.

I agree w/ every other person that the alumni sweaters are prettier. I’d likely get a Lindsay sweater if I can find one (I won’t pony up for a custom order).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/07/13 at 02:46 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Yeah, I’m on the fence about the Wings jersey. I like the Leafs jersey.  Maybe the Wings one will grow on me.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/09/13 at 10:13 AM ET

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