Daly on possible Wings-Leafs outdoor game: No comment

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Wings fans arrive for Saturday night's game against the Avalanche at Coors Field.

Denver -- The Red Wings played in an outdoor game on Saturday night, and there have been reports that they will soon play in another -- against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1, 2017.

The game would take place at BMO Field in Toronto, where Toronto FC of the MLS plays home matches.
Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, wouldn’t speculate on the possibility of that Red Wings-Maple Leafs matchup.

“Obviously it’s something that’s been raised but not something where we’re in a position to make any announcements,” Daly said Saturday at Coors Field, where the Wings met the Avalanche.

Daly praised the Red Wings organization and its fans. Plenty of those fans were on hand for this Stadium Series weekend with Saturday’s NHL game and Friday’s alumni game.

“They travel well,” said Daly of Red Wings fans. “You go to any NHL arena on any night the Red Wings are playing and there’s a lot of (Red Wings) fans. In general, they have a very good following.”

It’s doubtful the Detroit-Toronto game would be the NHL’s Winter Classic, but rather a game recognizing the NHL’s and Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary season.

The St. Louis Blues are rumored to be hosting the actual Winter Classic on Jan. 2 against Chicago – on a Monday, since the NHL would rather not go head-to-head on Sunday against the NFL.

The Wings and Maple Leafs met outdoors in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium.