When Do We Get Our Winter Classic?

The NHL announced today that the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off in the 2013 Winter Classic at “The Big House” in Michigan. It’s a great selection and nice to see that the NHL has remembered that there were two Canadian teams in the Original Six.  With the Red Wings playing host to the Winter Classic, the Rangers and New York are now the only American team from the Original Six not to play host.  The Bruins and Blackhawks already have hosted at Fenway and Wrigley no less and Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have as well.  So when will New York get the classic?

The answer is a depressing, “not soon”.  The problem is the Pinstripe Bowl.  Yes, that bastion of mediocrity that the Yankees and ESPN insist on forcing down our throats along with 20 other pointless bowl games keeps the NHL from being able to setup the ice at Yankee Stadium. The NFL regular season usually doesn’t end until the start of January and with two teams calling Met Life Stadium home, there isn’t enough time to setup the ice there. That leaves Citi Field, but the Mets are so toxic right now that I can’t see the NHL going anywhere near them. Plus, Citi Field doesn’t have the cache that Yankee Stadium does.

So when will it end?  Well the Pinstripe Bowl contract runs two more years. Unfortunately, they have somehow managed to have attendance of 38,000+ for both games so it may get renewed. If that’s the case we can look forward to many more years of Rutgers-Iowa State at Yankee Stadium before we see something like Rangers-Penguins. That’s a real shame.

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  • blmeanie  On February 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Perhaps Gary Bettman is friends with the Kraft family…perhaps the Rangers will never see a Winter Classic as long as the Giants continue to beat the Patriots…perhaps…

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 11, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Bettman is from New York, perhaps he just needs to be reminded of that. But, if it comes to your choice, I will take the Super Bowls.

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