The NHL lockout took perhaps its most significant turn yet on Friday when the league canceled the Winter Classic, according to the Associated Press.

The game has been held annually since 2008 on New Years Day, and has become the signature event of the regular season schedule. This year's game was supposed to be the biggest one yet (in terms of attendance, anyway) and would have seen over 100,000 fans pack Michigan Stadium to watch the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

And now it's done. Way before it had to be.


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