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NHL cancels Winter Classic outdoor game

The NHL has cancelled the January 1 Winter Classic outdoor game because of the ongoing lockout.

The much-anticipated game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit red Wings was scheduled to be held on Jan. 1, 2013.

The lockout has lasted more than six weeks so far with  dozens of regular season games cancelled.

Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek maintains that axing the Winter Classic is for the best, and he said no one is feeling very good about it right now.

“You have one chance to do Toronto and Detroit with 110,000 people in the stands. Don’t rush it, and don’t do it when people are infuriated at the game,” Marek said.

“This should be the great celebration of hockey — everybody should have a smile on their face; everyone should go into this thing feeling really good about the sport,” he added.

With the NHL lockout now dragging on over a month, Sportsnet will present its “We Love Hockey” petition to the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) on Friday. The petition is asking that both sides “bring back the game that Canada loves.”