The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed their captain and leader Dion Phaneuf to a long-term contract just ahead of the Winter Classic. Phaneuf, 28, will get $49 million US over 7 years, making him one of the highest paid defensemen in the NHL.
The NHL's 2014 Winter Classic, the outdoor game at Michigan Stadium between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, is not just a single hockey games. There are other games and events in the days before the NHL game on New Year's Day.
A record crowd of 73,000 turned out this afternoon in Orchard Park, NY to see the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins do battle in the National Hockey League's Winter Classic game, which the Penguins won 2-1 in a shoot-out goal by Sidney Crosby.