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NHL TV to Chronicle Outdoor Game Teams

New York — The NHL and its network partners are joining forces to provide more behind-the-scenes coverage before and after the expanded outdoor games, along with unprecedented access when star players head to Sochi for the Olympics.

“NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other,” a seven-part series, will air on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and on CBC in Canada between January and March. It will follow the nine teams that will participate in the NHL’s four-game rivalry Stadium Series and the Heritage Classic.

The Anaheim Ducks will face the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. The New York Rangers will take on the rival New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders on Jan. 26 and 29, respectively, at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week. And the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to Soldier Field on March 1 after the Olympics.

Similar shows that led up to previous Winter Classics preceded this venture, but this one differs in that it will tell stories instead of just doing a chronological buildup to the event.

Winter Classic Sold Out — All 107,000 Seats

Detroit — The NHL’s 2014 Winter Classic is officially sold out. NHL and Detroit Red Wings executives made the announcement Tuesday, saying some single tickets are available.

The Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs are expected play in front of 107,000-plus people on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium. In the same football stadium, Michigan and Michigan State set a hockey attendance record of 104,173 in 2010.

Veteran D Aucoin Retires

Toronto — Veteran defenseman Adrian Aucoin is retiring after 17 seasons in the NHL.

The 40-year-old Aucoin, who played last season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, recorded 121 goals and 278 assists in 1,108 NHL games.

He also played for Vancouver, Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders, Chicago, Calgary and Phoenix.

Aucoin scored his first career NHL goal on his first shot in his first regular-season game on May 3, 1995.

Known for his fierce slapshot, Aucoin competed in 62 playoff games, recording 21 points. He played for Boston University and was drafted by the Canucks at 117th overall in 1992.

The Canadian won gold at the 1993 world junior championship and silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.