2014 NHL Winter Classic
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1 2 3 OT Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 1 1 0 3
Detroit Red Wings 0 1 1 0 2
Date January 1, 2014
Arena Michigan Stadium
City Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Attendance 105,491
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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.[1] 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.[2][3][4] 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.[5]

The game was originally planned to be played on January 1, 2013, as the 2013 NHL Winter Classic, but was postponed until the following year due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout. The 2014 Winter Classic was 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 served as the NHL's premiere showcase games for the season as there were be no All Star Game due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Background[edit | edit source]

Initial announcement[edit | edit source]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Cancellation and postponement[edit | edit source]

On November 2, 2012, the NHL cancelled the game due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[8] 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 2.[9][10] 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.[8] The NHL then officially announced the game on April 7, 2013.[1]

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 2014 NHL Winter Classic before the opening face-off

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.[11] 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).

Game summary[edit | edit source]

Scoring summary[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Three star selections[edit | edit source]

Team Player Statistics
1st TOR Jonathan Bernier 41 Saves (.953)
2nd DET Jimmy Howard 24 Saves (.923)
3rd TOR Tyler Bozak 1 Goal

Team rosters[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs
# Player Position
45 Flag of Canada Jonathan Bernier G
42 Flag of Canada Tyler Bozak C
71 Flag of Canada David Clarkson RW
29 Flag of the United States Jerry D'Amigo LW
4 Flag of Canada Cody Franson D
51 Flag of the United States Jake Gardiner D
36 Flag of Sweden Carl Gunnarsson (A) D
24 Flag of Canada Peter Holland C
43 Flag of Canada Nazem Kadri C
81 Flag of the United States Phil Kessel RW
41 Flag of Russia Nikolai Kulemin LW
19 Flag of Canada Joffrey Lupul (A) LW
11 Flag of Canada Jay McClement (A) C
28 Flag of Canada Colton Orr RW
3 Flag of Canada Dion Phaneuf (C) D
15 Flag of Canada Paul Ranger D
12 Flag of Canada Mason Raymond LW
34 Flag of Canada James Reimer[1] G
44 Flag of Canada Morgan Rielly D
21 Flag of the United States James van Riemsdyk LW
Flag of Canada Head coach: Randy Carlyle
^  James Reimer and Petr Mrazek dressed as the back-up goaltenders. Neither entered the game.

Scratches[edit | edit source]

Officials[edit | edit source]

Liles trade[edit | edit source]

Despite taking the warmup and initially being pencilled in as a healthy scratch, John-Michael Liles found out early in the game that he had in fact been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, alongside Dennis Robertson, for Tim Gleason. Gleason made his Leafs debut on January 7, 2014. Liles scored against his former team two days after Gleason's debut in a 6-1 Carolina win.

Television ratings[edit | edit source]

The combined average television viewership for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC in the U.S., and CBC and RDS in Canada was 8.234 million viewers in North America, becoming the most watched regular season game ever. The previous highest combined average television viewership was 6.6 million viewers for the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. The 4.404 million average viewers for NBC's broadcast in the U.S. was the second-largest audience for an NHL regular-season game since 1975. The 3.57 million average viewers for CBC's broadcast in Canada was the largest audience ever for an NHL regular-season game in Canadian broadcast history. The game garnered a 2.5 rating, tying the 2009 NHL Winter Classic as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game since 1975. The rating and viewership for the game were up 19% and 18%, respectively, compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.[12]

Hockeytown Winter Festival[edit | edit source]

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.[13] 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 over in-state rival Michigan Tech.[14] On December 29, 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.[15] On December 30, 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.[16]

Alumni Showdown[edit | edit source]

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 31. The Detroit Red Wings swept the doubleheader, winning the first alumni game 5–4, and the second alumni game 6–5, following a shootout, in front of 33,425 in attendance at Comerica Park.[17]

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 players who participated 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.[18]

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.[19]

Alumni showdown rosters[edit | edit source]

Game 1[edit | edit source]

Game 2[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Red Wings, Maple Leafs to meet in 2014 NHL Winter Classic", CBC Sports, April 7, 2013. Retrieved on April 7, 2013. 
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs win 2014 Winter Classic as over 100,000 ice hockey fans wrap up warm for stunning snowy spectacle. Daily Mail (January 1, 2014). Retrieved on January 2, 2014.
  3. Leafs win Winter Classic on Bozak's shootout goal. NHL.com (January 1, 2014). Retrieved on January 2, 2014.
  4. Leafs drop Wings in shootout in front of record 105,491 at Big House. ESPN (January 1, 2014). Retrieved on January 2, 2014.
  5. Frigid temps, snow, deliver Classic screen NHL.com, January 2, 2014
  6. Michigan regents approve renting Michigan Stadium to NHL for Winter Classic. Click on Detroit. Retrieved on February 8, 2012.
  7. NHL (July 26, 2012). Quinn, Bowman to coach Classic alumni teams. Press release. Retrieved on July 27, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "NHL announces cancellation of 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic & SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival", National Hockey League, November 2, 2012. 
  9. "Decision day arrives for NHL's Winter Classic", The Buffalo News. Retrieved on November 2, 2012. 
  10. "Source: Winter Classic canceled", ESPN.com, November 2, 2012. Retrieved on November 2, 2012. 
  11. Johnston, Chris (December 30, 2013). NHL dreaming 'Big' for Winter Classic. Sportsnet. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  12. 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic watched by record 8.2 million viewers across North America NHL.com, January 3, 2014
  13. Frequently Asked Questions NHL.com, December 31, 2013
  14. WMU hockey wins Great Lakes Invitational with gritty 1-0 win over Michigan Tech at Comerica Park MLive.com, December 29, 2013
  15. Spits, Whalers win outdoors at Comerica ontariohockeyleague.com, December 31, 2013
  16. Marlies edge Griffins at Comerica Park theahl.com, December 31, 2013
  17. NHL.com - Marquee names expected for alumni doubleheader - Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings
  18. Mio, Berenson excite fans, teammates NHL.com, December 31, 2013
  19. Legendary Wings didn't disappoint fans NHL.com, December 31, 2013

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