The Winter Classic, pitting Detroit against Toronto on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, became the latest casualty of the NHL's lockout.

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday. "We simply are out of time."

Don Fehr, the players' union executive director, called the decision "unnecessary and unfortunate, as was the owners' implementation of the lockout itself."

The NHL said it will schedule the next Winter Classic at the stadium. Among other things, the event called for a winter festival in nearby Detroit and the construction of two outdoor rinks for college and youth teams.

The labor dispute, which began Sept. 16, has already forced 326 games to be wiped out from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30. The league and its players haven't held any labor talks since Oct. 18, when the players' union countered a league offer with three proposals that were quickly rejected by the NHL.

Daly said cancelling the sixth Winter Classic doesn't necessarily mean more regular-season games -- or the All-Star game Jan. 27 in Columbus, Ohio -- will be wiped out soon.

"I don't foresee any further cancellation announcements in the near term," Daly wrote in an email.

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