2013 Winter Classic: 5 Things for Detroit Red Wings Fans to Get Happy About

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2013 Winter Classic: 5 Things for Detroit Red Wings Fans to Get Happy About
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Perhaps the worst-kept secret in the NHL this season has finally been revealed.

The Detroit Red Wings will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2013 NHL Winter Classic.

For a few glorious days at the end of 2012, "Hockeytown" will merge with the "Center of the Hockey Universe" in what is sure to be an explosion of hockey ecstasy the likes of which has never been seen.

The 2013 version of the Winter Classic is sure to dwarf all those preceding it, not only in the sheer capacity of the crowd expected to be on-hand at Michigan Stadium (115,000-plus), but in the hockey orgy that will precede the game.

OHL, AHL, college hockey and Toronto/Detroit Alumni games are all part of the package hosted by the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

There are plenty of things to get excited about—for Toronto and Detroit fans alike.

However, there are five things Red Wings fans in particular are sure to look forward to.

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