DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) CBSSports is reporting Monday the only thing standing in the way of an immediate cancellation of the much-anticipated Winter Classic hockey event in Ann Arbor is Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast.
While the National Hockey League already cancelled many of its signature events, the Winter Classic — promoted as bringing millions of dollars to the local economy and up to 200,000 people to related events — is still on the calendar.
But maybe not for long.
CBSSports Blogger Brian Stubits wrote: “It was actually expected that the Classic would be canceled on Monday, but Mother Nature has sort of delayed things. Considering Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc on the East Coast and New York City, there are a few days left to try to salvage the Classic (and the season) but it would seem to be highly unlikely that the two sides are going to get together in time to reach a deal to prevent the Winter Classic from being canceled. Now they can use Sandy as a scapegoat.”
He went on to write that hockey fans should “start preparing your fond farewells to the big game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., because it won’t be happening.”