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Red Wings confirm — if there’s no Winter Classic, there’s no Hockeytown Winter Festival

Oct 26, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

2013 Winter Classic

It turns out the NHL lockout won’t just affect the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

There’ll be some collateral damage as well.

According to a report from Crain’s Detroit Business, the cancelation of the Winter Classic also means the cancellation of the Hockeytown Winter Festival, a weeklong celebration of hockey at Comerica Park featuring games at the junior, collegiate and American League levels.

“The 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival events will only take place if the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game is played,” Wings Senior Director of Communications John Hahn told Crain’s via email.

Released in June, the schedule for the Winter Festival stretches over two weeks and is filled with events:

DEC. 15-26: Celebration of Hockey featuring amateur games, corporate outings and open skates.

DEC. 27-31: Outdoor Festival featuring interactive games, autograph signings, face painting and ice sculpture exhibits as well as musical performances and entertainment.

DEC. 27-28: Great Lakes Invitational featuring the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Tech Huskies (competing for the 2012 MacInnes Cup.)

DEC. 29: Ontario Hockey League doubleheader featuring the Windsor Spitfires vs. Saginaw Spirit and Plymouth Whalers vs. London Knights.

DEC. 30: American Hockey League Game featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliates of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

DEC. 31: Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown.

With the NHL canceling all November games on Friday, there are rumblings the Winter Classic could be axed as early as next week.

  1. pistolpete31 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    The headline says the Winter Classic is canceled then the last sentence says it may be canceled next week…

    • pistolpete31 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Good job you noticed too!

      • Mike Halford - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Yeah, that was not one of my finer headlines. Brough was like “hey, moron, that’s pretty misleading.” And I was all “don’t worry, I’ll change it before Pistol Pete notices.”

    • jimw81 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      it’s going to be cancelled. Owners are using winter classic against the players as a negotiating chip.

  2. redwingsfan999 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM


  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Oy, what I wouldn’t give to see Bettman and Fehr both slapped, Clarence Campbell-style.

  4. michiganhockey11 - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    The GLI has happened for decades. I don’t see why that would be cancelled. They usually have it at Joe Louis. Why wouldn’t they just move it back there? The GLI is a great chance to see college hockey and it’s pretty cheap and upper bowl is general admission.

    • sunking1 - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      I agree. The GLI is great!

      • bennywuh - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        It will go back to GLA:

  5. budzo83 - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    If the HWF is cancelled, I will feel cheated as a fan of the college game regionally. This will be the last year of the Great Lakes Invitational as we know it as conference realignment will wipe out the CCHA next season (thanks a lot, Penn State). Many of the established regional rivalries will be dilluted if not eliminated and making the GLI part of the Winter Classic spectacle would be a fitting send-off for the conference and its fans.

    On a more selfish note and as a Western Michigan alum, I have my tickets and am looking forward to watching the Broncos play in their first GLI since winning it in 1987. As if losing the NHL season wasn’t bad enough, the lockout would also ruin a great moment for the WMU hockey program and its fans.

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    If the NHL and NHLPA conveniently agree on a deal to save the Winter Classic so they can make their millions, all fans should boycott watching the game, let alone even go.

  7. liamj55 - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM


  8. bennywuh - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Please, just cancel the entire season so I can stop hoping for hockey

  9. Jeff - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Good. I hope there is no Winter Classic. I hope the NHL and ice hockey become a relic, become extinct. I’m tired of these shenanigans.

  10. scalper44 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    How did the NHL has become the “labor” arm of professional sports? It used to be the least labor minded. Oh well, it will go the way of MLB if this keeps up. Like many i stopped watching & listening to MLB for over ten years after 94. And as a lifetime avid Tigers fans that was not easy. I’ll do the same for hockey much easier. The NHL doesn’t have the market share of the NFL or MLB. This will hurt the NHL much worse.

    And this isn’t a defense of ownership. Both sides are greedy money grubbering thieves as far as i’m concerned. How about taking care of us fans and small businesses for once? Lower ticket prices, lower food prices, charge less than $10 for a beer, etc, etc. We are always the ones really taking it on the chin in deals like this. I was in the D this weekend for Lions and Tigers games and every bar/restaurant i went to was talking about how this hockey lockout was hurting them big time. That BS and honestly, i could care less about either side of this money grab the way they are treating us fans and businesses. Thats the angle that usually gets lost in these conversations.

    On better note, since it sounds like GLI is going to happen regardless, how are they doing tickets? Anyone know how they plan to do that now thats it looks like it will be at the Joe?

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