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The 2014 NHL Winter Classic was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game that was played on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The visiting Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3–2 in a shootout to move past the Red Wings in the Atlantic Division.

The game was televised nationally in Canada on CBC and nationally in the United States on NBC. The game set an NHL attendance record of 105,491, surpassing the previous record set during the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.

The game was originally planned to be played on January 1, 2013 as the 2013 NHL Winter Classic, but it was postponed until the following year due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

The 2014 Winter Classic is one of six outdoor games to be held during the 2013–14 NHL season which will include the new NHL Stadium Series and the 2014 Heritage Classic.

These six games will serve as the NHL's premiere showcase games for this season as there will be no All Star Game due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


Original Announcement[]

After the success of "The Big Chill at the Big House" at Michigan Stadium on December 11, 2010 (where Michigan's hockey team defeated Michigan State University, 5–0, outdoors in front of 104,173 spectators) interest began in also holding an NHL Winter Classic game there.

On February 8, 2012, the University of Michigan Board of Regents authorized athletic director David Brandon to negotiate a contract with the NHL regarding the Winter Classic.

On February 9, 2012, the NHL announced at Comerica Park that the 2013 Classic would take place at Michigan Stadium, while the Great Lakes Invitational would take place at Comerica Park. Some OHL and AHL games were also slated to be played at Comerica Park.

The NHL Alumni Showdown coaches were named on July 26, 2012. Former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman along with assistant Barry Smith were to coach the Red Wings' alumni team.

The pair of Bowman and Smith coached three Stanley Cup wins in Detroit. Former Maple Leaf coach Pat Quinn was to coach the Maple Leafs' alumni team, along with Red Kelly, Hall of Fame player and former Maple Leafs' coach.

Cancellation & Postponement[]

On November 2, 2012, the NHL cancelled the game due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout. The date for the cancellation came as a result of a deadline in the league's contract with Michigan Stadium in which the league would have incurred additional expenses if they cancelled after November 2nd.

During the announcement, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated that the 2014 Winter Classic and associated events would be awarded to Ann Arbor and Detroit and would also feature the Maple Leafs and Red Wings. The NHL then officially announced the game on April 7, 2013.

The event will be the first Winter Classic to hold events in two locations. The Winter Classic game itself will be held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the highest capacity non-motorsports stadium in North America.

Another rink is to be constructed at Comerica Park in Detroit and will host the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the NHL Alumni Showdown.

The Winter Classic game itself marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football would have hosted the Winter Classic (all five previous events were held at Major League Baseball and National Football League stadiums; Heinz Field, the site of the 2011 classic, hosts both college and professional football).

The game will return to its customary January 1 date after being played on January 2 in 2012.

The Red Wings-Maple Leafs matchup, an Original Six era rivalry, is the first time an American team and a Canadian team have faced each other in an outdoor NHL game and the first time a Canadian team has played in the Winter Classic (prior to this, the Winter Classic was reserved for American teams and the Heritage Classic for Canadian ones).

The unexpected high television viewership from the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals (which featured a Canadian team, the Vancouver Canucks, against the Boston Bruins) prompted the league and NBC to reconsider the conventional wisdom that a contest featuring a Canadian team would not draw as well as two American teams.

It was this reconsideration that prompted the idea of an international Winter Classic. Because of a divisional realignment that took effect during the preceding offseason, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs are also now division rivals.

Both teams were placed in the new incarnation of the Atlantic Division, which was renamed from the Northeast Division (the old Atlantic Division became the Metropolitan Division).

Had the Winter Classic been played in 2013, it would have been the only meeting between the teams, as both were in separate conferences at the time (as division rivals, they will meet 4-5 times a year, ultimately playing 30 times over a seven-year period).

Hockeytown Winter Festival[]

Comerica Park served as the venue for the 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival, a two-week event that took place in Detroit leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic.

As part of this event, on December 27–28, the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational four-game tournament was held, with Western Michigan emerging as champion.

On December 29th, two OHL games were played. The first between the Windsor Spitfires and the Saginaw Spirit and the second between the London Knights and the Plymouth Whalers.

These were the first outdoor regular-season games for the OHL. The Spitfires won the first game 6–5, while a shootout was required for the second game, with the Whalers getting the 2–1 win.

On December 30th (in front of 20,337 fans, the AHL affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maples Leafs), the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Toronto Marlies played to a shootout with the Marlies holding the 4–3 edge. This was the seventh outdoor AHL game.

Alumni Showdown[]

As part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival, two consecutive alumni games were played between former players of the Red Wings and the Maples Leafs on December 31st.

The Detroit Red Wings swept the doubleheader, winning the first alumni game 5–4, and the second second alumni game 6–5, following a shootout, in front of 33,425 in attendance at Comerica Park.

In the first alumni game of the doubleheader, Jiri Fischer scored the first goal of the game on a pass from Jason Woolley just 1 minute, 20 seconds into the game. Less than one minute later, Kevin Miller's goal gave the Red Wings a 2–0 lead.

The Leafs then got goals from Stew Gavin and Todd Warriner, to tie the game at 2–2. Petr Klima then gave the Red Wings a one-goal lead when he scored on a pass from Martin Lapointe with 4:04 left in the first period.

In the second period, Pat Verbeek's goal from Miller and Mathieu Schneider gave the Red Wings a 4–2 lead with 15:40 left in the second.

Aaron Ward scored the eventual game-winner from Fischer and Jimmy Carson with 11:50 left before the Maple Leafs mounted a comeback on goals by Brad May, and Tom Fergus who made it a one-goal game with 2:31 remaining in the second period. The Leafs pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with a minute left.

Then, Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman sent 74-year-old Red Berenson, Michigan's head coach, to take the face off with 14.3 seconds left. Berenson was one of two guys who played in the Alumni Showdown who actually started his NHL career in the Original Six era. The other was 68-year-old center Mike Walton, who began his career with the Leafs in 1965.

Prior to the second alumni game of the doubleheader, former linemates Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay dropped the first puck in a ceremonial faceoff between former captains Steve Yzerman of the Red Wings and Darryl Sittler of the Maple Leafs.

Vladimir Konstantinov was then helped onto the ice for a rare Russian Five reunion with his former teammates, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov. Joe Kocur honored his late Bruise Brother by wearing Bob Probert's No. 24 in the second alumni game.

In the second alumni game, goals by Doug Brown, Chris Chelios, Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan gave the Red Wings a 5–1 lead early in the second period.

Three straight unanswered goals from Shayne Corson, Tie Domi and Steve Thomas cut the Red Wings' lead to one goal. Bryan McCabe then scored with two seconds left in regulation, to send the game to a shootout.

During the shootout, Tomas Holmstrom scored Detroit's lone goal to give them the 6–5 victory.

Alumni Showdown Rosters[]

Game One

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Coaches: Red Kelly and Pat Quinn
# Player Position
24 Canada Dan Daoust C
12 Canada Mark Osborne LW
19 Canada Bill Derlago C
9 Canada Stewart Gavin LW
15 Canada Pat Boutette C
12 Canada Rob Pearson RW
15 Canada Claude Loiselle C
10 Canada Brad May LW
27 Canada Shayne Corson C
19 United States Tom Fergus C
29 Canada Mike Krushelnyski C
7 Canada Dave McLlwain C
20 Canada Mike Johnson RW
8 Canada Todd Warriner LW
14 Canada Dave Reid RW
16 Template:Country data RUS Nikolai Borschevsky RW
15 Canada Lou Franceschetti RW
28 Canada Mike Pelyk D
34 Canada Jamie Macoun D
28 United States Matt Martin D
3 Canada Brad Marsh D
4 Canada Greg Hotham D
3 Canada Cory Cross D
1 Canada Mark Laforest G
1 Canada Peter Ing G

Detroit Red Wings

# Player Position
25 Canada John Ogrodnick LW
17 Canada Dallas Drake RW
10 United States Jimmy Carson C
28 Canada Martin Lapointe RW
85 Czech Republic Petr Klima RW
8 Canada Dennis Polonich C
7 Canada Red Berenson C
7 Canada Garry Unger C
28 United States Kevin Miller RW
16 Canada Pat Verbeek RW
21 Canada Paul Ysebaert LW
14 Canada Brent Fedyk LW
22 Canada Mike Knuble RW
12 Canada Mike Sillinger C
15 Canada Jason Woolley D
27 Canada Aaron Ward D
25 Canada Mathieu Dandenault D
2 Czech Republic Jiri Fischer D
23 United States Mathieu Schneider D
31 Canada Kevin Hodson G
35 Canada Ken Holland G
41 Canada Eddie Mio G

Game Two

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Coaches: Red Kelly and Pat Quinn
# Player Position
27 Canada Darryl Sittler C
22 Canada Rick Vaive RW
17 Canada Wendel Clark LW
93 Canada Doug Gilmour C
14 Canada Dave Andreychuk LW
16 Canada Darcy Tucker RW
18 Canada Kevin Maguire RW
4 Canada Gary Leeman RW
9 Canada Russ Courtnall RW
7 Canada Gary Roberts LW
7 Canada Lanny McDonald RW
22 Canada Tiger Williams LW
13 Template:Country data SWE Mats Sundin C
16 Canada Mike Walton C
28 Canada Tie Domi RW
11 Canada Mike Gartner RW
25 Canada Joe Nieuwendyk C
32 Canada Steve Thomas RW
4 Canada David Ellett D
24 Canada Bryan McCabe D
4 Canada Bob McGill D
21 Template:Country data SWE Borje Salming D
33 United States Al Iafrate D
34 United States Bryan Berard D
31 Canada Curtis Joseph G
29 Canada Felix Potvin G
29 Canada Mike Palmateer G

Detroit Red Wings

  • Coaches: Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith.
  • Ambassadors: Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Vladimir Konstantinov
# Player Position
19 Canada Steve Yzerman C
14 Canada Brendan Shanahan RW
8 Template:Country data RUS Igor Larionov C
20 Canada Mickey Redmond RW
96 Template:Country data SWE Tomas Holmstrom LW
33 Canada Kris Draper C
18 Canada Kirk Maltby LW
25 Canada Darren McCarty RW
26 Canada Joe Kocur RW
22 Canada Dino Ciccarelli RW
13 Template:Country data RUS Vyacheslav Kozlov LW
91 Template:Country data RUS Sergei Fedorov C
17 United States Doug Brown RW
5 Template:Country data SWE Nicklas Lidstrom D
24 United States Chris Chelios D
4 United States Mark Howe D
77 Canada Paul Coffey D
55 Canada Larry Murphy D
2 Template:Country data RUS Viacheslav Fetisov D
28 United States Brian Rafalski D
30 Canada Chris Osgood G
34 Canada Manny Legace G

Game Summary[]

Scoring Summary[]

Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st No scoring
2nd DET Daniel Alfredsson (11) Henrik Zetterberg (22), Brendan Smith (7) 13:14 1–0 DET
TOR James van Riemsdyk (15) Phil Kessel (18), Dion Phaneuf (12) 19:23 1–1
3rd TOR Tyler Bozak (5) Dion Phaneuf (13) 4:41 2–1 TOR
DET Justin Abdelkader (5) Brendan Smith (8) 14:28 2–2
Overtime No scoring
Shootout Team Shooter Goaltender Result SO Score
DET Daniel Alfredsson Jonathan Bernier miss
TOR James van Riemsdyk Jimmy Howard save
DET Pavel Datsyuk Jonathan Bernier goal 1–0 DET
TOR Joffrey Lupul Jimmy Howard goal 1–1
DET Tomas Tatar Jonathan Bernier save 1–1
TOR Tyler Bozak Jimmy Howard goal 2–1 TOR
Maple Leafs win shootout 2–1
Maple Leafs win game 3–2

Penalty Summary[]

Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st DET Justin Abdelkader Cross-checking 6:39 2:00
TOR Joffrey Lupul Cross-checking 11:04 2:00
TOR Dion Phaneuf Holding 16:21 2:00
2nd TOR Jay McClement High-sticking 11:04 2:00
DET Jakub Kindl Closing Hand on Puck 17:23 2:00
3rd TOR James van Riemsdyk Hooking 11:45 2:00
Overtime No penalties


Period 1st 2nd 3rd Overtime Total
Toronto 5 13 6 2 26
Detroit 13 14 14 2 43

Power Play Opportunities[]

Toronto 0/2
Detroit 0/4

Team Rosters[]

Toronto Maple Leafs
# Player Position
45 Canada Jonathan Bernier G
42 Canada Tyler Bozak C
71 Canada David Clarkson D
4 United States Jerry D'Amigo LW
51 Canada Cody Franson D
4 United States Jake Gardiner D
36 Template:Country data SWE Carl Gunnarsson (A) D
24 Canada Peter Holland C
43 Canada Nazem Kadri C
81 United States Phil Kessel RW
41 Template:Country data RUS Nikolai Kulemin LW
19 Canada Joffrey Lupul (A) LW
11 Canada Jay McClement (A) C
28 Canada Colton Orr RW
3 Canada Dion Phaneuf (C) D
15 Canada Paul Ranger D
12 Canada Mason Raymond LW
34 Canada James Reimer G
44 Canada Morgan Rielly D
21 United States James van Riemsdyk LW
Canada Head coach: Randy Carlyle
Detroit Red Wings
# Player Position
8 United States Justin Abdelkader D
11 Template:Country data SWE Daniel Alfredsson RW
18 Template:Country data SWE Joakim Andersson C
44 Canada Todd Bertuzzi RW
71 Canada Danny Cleary RW
13 Template:Country data RUS Pavel Datsyuk (A) C
65 United States Danny DeKeyser D
17 Canada Patrick Eaves RW
41 United States Luke Glendening RW
35 United States Jimmy Howard G
4 Czech Republic Jakub Kindl D
55 Template:Country data SWE Niklas Kronwall (A) D
23 United States Brian Lashoff D
20 United States Drew Miller LW
34 Czech Republic Petr Mrazek G
14 Template:Country data SWE Gustav Nyquist LW
27 Canada Kyle Quincey D
2 Canada Brendan Smith D
21 Template:Country data SVK Tomas Tatar LW
40 Template:Country data SWE Henrik Zetterberg (C) LW
Canada Head coach: Mike Babcock
  • Note: James Reimer and Petr Mrazek dressed as the back-up goaltenders. Neither of them entered the game.



  • Referees: Dan O'Halloran and Brian Pochmara
  • Linesmen: Scott Driscoll and Mark Shewchyk