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Does The Winter Classic Matter?

Since 2008, the NHL has made much ado about their annual New Year’s Day event known as the Winter Classic.

The idea behind it is pretty neat; two teams playing one regular season game outdoors, sometimes in the elements.

It brings back childhood memories for a lot watching.  And to be perfectly honest with you, I couldn’t care less if the Winter Classic happened or didn’t.  Stories circulating online suggest the NHL might cancel the Winter Classic as soon as tomorrow.  With no chance at hockey until at least December 1, the wheels might soon be coming off of this year’s outdoor game.

Do you care?

I like the Leafs/Habs rivalry. I even like watching the Rangers/Islanders, although that one’s been somewhat one-sided for some time now. I’m not going to lose any sleep if the Winter Classic featuring the Leafs and Red Wings gets cancelled, especially if the season starts sometime in January.  I’m not sure if that’ll happen, I only said that because it happened in 1995 and Wayne Gretzky suggested it at the beginning of October.

To be honest, I’m not even that jazzed up about a game played outdoors counting towards the final standings.

If this year’s Winter Classic was forfeited (especially if the season started up again), would you care?

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