NHL Winter Classic Cancelled: The 6 Dumbest Decisions in NHL History

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NHL Winter Classic Cancelled: The 6 Dumbest Decisions in NHL History
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The loss of the Winter Classic is the low point of the 2012 lockout...so far

When the NHL cancelled the Winter Classic on Friday (ESPN), the integrity of the 2012-2013 NHL season—if there is any season at all—may have been compromised to the point of irrelevance.

As if the 2012 NHL lockout has not been absurd enough to begin with, the loss of the 2013 Winter Classic now resonates as one of the dumbest moves the NHL has made in years—perhaps ever.

The 2013 Winter Classic promised to be the one of the biggest events ever for the NHL, a huge boon not just for the NHL but for the state of Michigan, in general and, more specifically, for the city of Detroit.

The game itself—an Original Six matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings— had all the potential to have the highest attendance of any NHL game ever as 115,000 fans were expected to attend the event.

But it went deeper than that.

The 2013 Winter Classic was going to be the first time a Canadian team had played in the game and it was assumed thousands of Maple Leafs' fans were going to make the short trek to the Big House to watch their team play.

Beyond that, 15 days worth of events were slated to take place at Comerica Park leading up the game itself.

To say the loss of the 2013 Winter Classic is a financial disaster for many is a gross understatement.

Thus, the 2012 NHL lockout has now entered the realm of true stupidity, the epitome of idiocy on a very grand scale.

Is the 2012 lockout the dumbest decision the NHL has ever made? Let's take a look at the all-time most bone-headed decisions and actions made by the NHL over the years and find out.

Let's start off by looking at a few really terrible decisions that did not quite make the list, but which are all worthy of a dishonorable mention.

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