The NHL will ring in the new year with its sixth Winter Classic — and this year is set to be the biggest one yet.
A potential record breaking crowd of more than 107,000 fans will pack "The Big House," (Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan) on Wednesday to watch an Original Six matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 12:30 p.m. ET).
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada will kickoff its two day coverage on Tuesday (1 p.m. ET) by treating viewers to two Alumni games at Detroit's Comerica Park, featuring legendary players from both historic franchises.
On New Year's day, Canadians can tune into to CBC's exclusive national coverage to join host Ron MacLean and the Studio 42 team featuring P.J. Stock, Elliott Friedman, Kevin Weekes, and Andi Petrillo. Don Cherry joins MacLean during the first intermission for Coach's Corner.
Jim Hughson will handle play-by-play duties and analyst Craig Simpson joins him in the broadcast booth.
Viewers who tune in early (12 p.m. ET) can catch a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary Defending Gold: The Making of Team Canada, which chronicles the difficult process faced by Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman in narrowing down the country's extensive list of stars to the chosen few who will represent Canada at the Olympics in Sochi 2014.
Canada's next great hockey song will also be revealed during the Winter Classic coverage. The winning artist will get the opportunity to record their song in studio with Canadian rocker Joel Plaskett and it will be featured in a pregame montage on Hockey Night in Canada. The winner will also play their song live as a part of a Hockey Day in Canada concert.
Following the Winter Classic a second special Road to the Olympics, hosted by Scott Russell, gives viewers a sneak peak at what to expect from Canadian athletes at the Olympics in Sochi. Sidney Crosby, Kaillie Humphries and Alexandre Bilodeau will be profiled as they look to repeat as gold medallists after impressive showings in Vancouver. Commentators and analysts will also discuss medal hopefuls like Patrick Chan, Kaya Turski and Mark McMorris.
An Olympic-inspired version of Maestro Fresh Wes' song "Reach for the Sky" will be unveiled during Road to the Olympics. The song will be heard during coverage of Sochi 2014.