ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs began with temperatures in the low teens Wednesday as snow fell steadily over the ice at Michigan Stadium.
The game-time temperature was announced at 13 degrees, with a wind chill of zero. The wind of 10 mph was blowing into the faces of the Red Wings in the first period and figures to be a factor throughout the game.
Significant amounts of snow were shovelled off the ice during early stoppages in play.
The average temperature of the previous five Winter Classics was 39 degrees.
It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.
— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6