All in all, the event in Ann Arbor proved so successful that many wonder how the NHL will top it in coming years.
The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® followed its hockey attendance record by re-writing the record book for regular-season North American television viewership as well.
Jerseys, hats, T-shirts and other items worth more than $32,500 were seized in the Detroit area.
The Red Wings did not come out on top, losing 3-2 in a shootout, but they enjoyed the experience anyway.
For Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, Wednesday could probably be classified as bittersweet.
The Red Wings have flourished on the road with an away record of 12-4-3.
A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey.
Fans at the Big House were bundled up for the Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.
Wings forward Patrick Eaves left the Winter Classic in the first period after being cross-checked up high by Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul.
The New Year’s Day battle between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will have strict rules to follow as you enter Michigan Stadium.