When the 2013 Winter Classic was announced for Michigan Stadium, Toronto Maple Leafs fans learned that their team would partake in the tradition of outdoor hockey in front of the whole nation.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings were set to square off on January 1, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan in front of thousands of hockey fans.
Unfortunately, the 2012 NHL Lockout cancelled many regular-season games, one of which was the Winter Classic.
Maple Leafs fans haven't had much to cheer about in recent times, as the Maple Leafs have had on-ice struggles.
Thus, the Winter Classic became an important game for the city.
The Winter Classic meant a lot to Toronto, and there are five reasons the game's announcement brought excitement to Maple Leafs fans who have been looking for something to cheer about.