ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the NHL has cancelled the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the league had not yet announced the cancellation of one of its signature events. The person also the NHL will schedule its next Winter Classic at the iconic stadium that seats more than 100,000 people.
Last week, the NHL wiped out all of its previously scheduled games through the end of November.
Detroit and Toronto, two of the league's Original Six teams, were going to play outdoors on Jan. 1 at the stadium known as the Big House. The league was hoping the matchup would break the world record for hockey attendance. Michigan and Michigan State's hockey teams drew a record 104,173 fans in 2010.
As for the Lightning, 10 News has reached to agents of star players Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos to see if they intend on playing this season in Europe.
Last month Stamkos and Lecavalier agents' said they would evaluate the NHL labor situation and decide in November if the players intend to play outside North America.