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Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings

Lidstrom to play for Wings in Classic alumni game

No. 5 will return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup for one night this season -- well, the Red Wings' alumni team lineup.

Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired following the 2011-12 season, will play for the Red Wings team at the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, as part of the festivities surrounding the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

"I will be part of that game," Lidstrom told the Red Wings' website. "I'm really looking forward to the Winter Classic and being a part of something like that again, and to play with some of my former teammates when I played back in '90s and early 2000s. It'll be exciting. … I'm excited for the opportunity to play again."

Datsyuk looking forward to big year, Winter Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

When Pavel Datsyuk arrived in 2001 to start what would become an illustrious career with the Detroit Red Wings, he couldn't have asked for a better situation.

He was joining a powerhouse squad led by Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman and featuring some of the greatest players in NHL history, including Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov, Dominik Hasek and Luc Robitaille.

Almost 12 years later, all of those legendary names have ended their playing career and are on the way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Two more Red Wings legends, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, retired last summer, leaving Datsyuk as one of the few remaining veterans on a team suddenly forced to rely on its young prospects.

League considering multiple outdoor games in future

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DETROIT -- The National Hockey League is considering having multiple outdoor games in future seasons, John Collins, the League's Chief Operating Officer, said Sunday.

"It's not necessarily a new conversation," Collins said from Joe Louis Arena following the official announcement for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, to be played on New Year's Day at Michigan Stadium.

"We've been looking at this and talking about it for a while now, but now we're looking at it real hard," he continued. "We're having conversations with the Board [of Governors] and with the clubs about what it could look like and when is the right time to do it."

Collins said the Winter Classic and any future Heritage Classic games in Canada will stand on their own as marquee events on the NHL calendar, but additional outdoor games could be built into the regular-season schedule based on venue availability and interest in the market.

2014 NHL Winter Classic will match Wings and Leafs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

DETROIT -- Hockeytown will become considerably larger this winter, encompassing nearby Ann Arbor for an unforgettable New Year's Day spectacle.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman formally confirmed Sunday morning from Joe Louis Arena that the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at 1 p.m. ET on New Year's Day at The Big House on the campus of University of Michigan between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

In addition, Bettman said Comerica Park in downtown Detroit will be converted into a rink for the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival.

The NHL anticipates setting a world record for attendance at a hockey game as upwards of 110,000 people are expected to pack The Big House on the campus of the University of Michigan for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game. An estimated 250,000 are expected to descend on downtown Detroit for the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

Arnett excited to see Maple Leafs in Winter Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

As the final month of the NHL regular season winds down and the Stanley Cup Playoffs emerge on the horizon, it's a good time to be a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With 46 points through 38 games, the Maple Leafs are in great position to make it there for the first time since 2004.

Actor and lifelong Maple Leafs fan Will Arnett likes what he sees.

Arnett is perhaps best-known for playing quirky Gob Bluth on "Arrested Development," the short-lived cult comedy that returns with new episodes next month. But with the Maple Leafs having success, and the fact they will be playing in next year's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Arnett is all about the blue and white right now.

"Let me just say it feels pretty good being the No. 5 seed in the East currently. I feel really optimistic for the first time in nine years that the Leafs are maybe going to the postseason," Arnett told NHL.com. "They've proven to be resilient in the face of injuries. It shows that they're a great team. That they're buying into what Randy Carlyle is selling. You see it. They're playing like a team."

Winter Classic uniforms to feature retro look


DETROIT -- 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.

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