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Toronto to host 2017 NHL Winter Classic

There's big news brewing for Toronto hockey fans. Multiple outlets are reporting that the 2017 Winter Classic could be on its way to BMO Field. While there's been no official confirmation, it seems fitting that Toronto would host the marquee event during the team's 100th anniversary celebrations.

If there's any reason to doubt the speculation that Toronto will host the annual outdoor game, it surrounds the capacity of BMO Field, which is below that of other stadiums that have hosted the game in the past. At present, BMO's capacity tops out at around 35,000, but apparently temporary seating can be used to significantly bolster that number (by as much as 10,000).

Given that the news is yet to be confirmed, it's unclear who the Leafs opponent will be should the game be a reality. It seems a shame if it was anyone other than the Montreal Canadians, but you can bet that at a minimum it'll be an Original Six team.

Let's keep our fingers crossed in the meantime.

Photo via the Toronto Maple Leafs Facebook page.


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