Grab your mitts, your toque and your wallet. Toronto is finally getting an outdoor NHL game.
The league announced last Wednesday the Detroit Red Wings will visit the Maple Leafs on next Jan. 1 in the first NHL Centennial Classic. A renovated BMO Field will host the event.
“This meeting of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs offers an ideal launch for a fantastic 2017,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press release. “The year in which the National Hockey League will celebrate its Centennial [and] Toronto will commemorate 100 years of NHL play.”
The Leafs and Red Wings played each other in the 2014 NHL Winter Classic at The Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The game drew well over 100,000 fans. This will be a more intimate event at around 40,000.
“The Toronto Maple Leafs are thrilled to host the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic,” Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said in a statement following the announcement. “BMO Field has been undergoing an impressive two-year long transformation and will make a wonderful site for this historic match-up with the Red Wings.”
Toronto won the NHL’s first Stanley Cup in 1917. Detroit joined the league in 1926.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 9, 2016