Hockey - Dec 8, 2016

Countdown to the Centennial Classic

Two legendary hockey teams clash in Toronto on New Year’s Day

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Both the NHL® and the Toronto Maple Leafs are commemorating their centenaries in 2017 – so what’s a great way to celebrate a pair of 100th anniversaries? For the Maple Leafs, one of hockey’s most fabled franchises, it’s hosting the Detroit Red Wings – a fellow Original Six squad – in the great outdoors in front of thousands of diehard fans. You’ll want to see every second of the first-ever Centennial Classic. From precision passes and sizzling shots to bigtime bodychecks and stupendous saves, this game has it all.

It’s a happy hockey new year as the NHL and the Maple Leafs deliver a can’t-miss contest. On January 1, the Maple Leafs, with 13 Stanley Cup® victories, take on the Red Wings, winners of 11 cups, at BMO Field in Toronto.

The game is a rematch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. On a snow-filled New Year’s Day 2014, a record crowd of 105,491 watched the two teams clash at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with the Leafs netting a 3-2 shootout victory. These organizations first met on January 4, 1927, when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars, 2-1.

This time, stars-in-the-making Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander lead Toronto against a Detroit side that boasts offensive talents Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.

“I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time,” says Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner. “It’s a special season for the organization and this is a great way to celebrate it. I really like the venue, too.”

After you ring in the new year, start 2017 in style with a must-see sports spectacular. Tune in to SportsnetTM, beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET/noon PT. Or catch all the nonstop action on the go via your smartphone, tablet, laptop or game console, with RogersTM NHL GameCentre LIVETM. Customers with Rogers IgniteTM 30 or above bundle or Share EverythingTM wireless plan each on a two-year term have access to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and also get access to GamePlus features for exclusive content, including multiple camera angles and exclusive video on demand1.

“This meeting of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs offers an ideal launch for a fantastic 2017 – the year in which the National Hockey League will celebrate its Centennial, Toronto will commemorate 100 years of NHL play and Canada will observe the 150th anniversary of Confederation,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Since the Red Wings and Maple Leafs made NHL outdoor history by drawing more than 105,000 people to The Big House in 2014, this unique rematch provides a perfect beginning to an historic year for our league, our clubs and our fans.”

Whether you're on the couch or on the go, Rogers is ready to deliver all the high-octane, outdoor hockey thrills. Tune in to Sportsnet or Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVETM to watch the big game.

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