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Winter Classic cancelation forces AHL, OHL, NCAA games to be rescheduled

Nov 3, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

2013 Winter Classic

The 2013 Winter Classic was going to be more than just an NHL event, so its cancelation naturally caused shock waves that extended beyond the top league.

The Ontario Hockey League has never held an outdoor game before, but that was going to change on Dec. 29 when the the Saginaw Spirit played against the Windsor Spitfires. Now that game has been relocated to Dow Event Center, the home of the Spirit.

“It’s discouraging, but we’ll try to turn it into a positive,” Saginaw Spirit co-owner Craig Goslin said, according to “We’ve already talked to Olympia Entertainment. Whenever the game is rescheduled, we will be invited back to play at Comerica Park.”

Over 20,000 tickets were sold and fans will get a complete refund.

Additionally, the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational, which is an annual four-team NCAA tournament, was going to be held on Dec. 27 and 28 at Comerica Park. Before the Winter Classic’s cancelation was official, SB Nation reported that those games would have to be rescheduled if everything played out as feared.

Consequently, the tournament will now take place at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 28 and 29.

On top of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs playing, their AHL affiliates, the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies were going to hold an outdoor game on Dec. 30. That contest will also be moved.

AHL Grand Rapids announced that the game will now be played on Dec. 28 at Van Andel Arena, the home of the Griffins.

All that doesn’t even sum up the full extent of what the Winter Classic’s cancelation means. For further details, check out our previous article on the cancelation.

Finally, on a positive note, Michigan might get to host the 2014 Winter Classic instead.

  1. rainyday56 - Nov 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    When the money’s rolling, the NHL is the life of the party. When it ain’t the NHL is just another loud and disruptive bore.

    • rainyday56 - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      The above comment is in the same sentiment of a comment I made a couple of months ago concerning the length of the NHL season: “I’m Canadian, from Oct to April, hockey is my best bud. But summer is my mistress. When the post season enters June, hockey goes from being my best bud to “the thing that wouldn’t leave.”

  2. oldcat157 - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Yay! More coverage of NFL, NBA, and college games! That’s a good thing. Mooooooooooose. If you miss hockey, drive to Canada, ram a moose, and flip it the bird as you drive away!

    WAKE UP! It’s a game in a fking ice dome. Lmao

    • bcsteele - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      What is wrong with you?

    • windmiller4 - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Bettman, how many accounts do you have?

    • blomfeld - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      “drive to Canada, ram a moose, and flip it the bird as you drive away” ? …

      Back off Oldcat … seriously !

  3. proudliberal85392 - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    oldcat, what does that even mean?

  4. id4joey - Nov 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Oldcat, it’s ok to admit you’re still dealing with mommy and daddy issues.

    • blomfeld - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:22 AM


      Joey – I’m not sure about you, but I’d swear that something is going down right now ? Apparently this latest round of meetings is being held in an undisclosed location away from the press completely ? And since there hasn’t been a peep yet, you’d have to assume that they’re still going at it, right ? Anyway, with all the kidding aside, I do sincerely hope that they finally come to an agreement and get our season finally going. Here in Vancouver the Canucks are absolutely “everything” and this lockout has sure put a damper on things, to say the least. Personally I’ve no problem with losing October and a bit of November from the schedule. But after that, even “Blomfeld” begins to get agitated ! :)

      ps: you guys better make the right choice on Tuesday, as the whole world depends on it !

      • id4joey - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        Yep! I like what I’ve been reading, and frankly not surprised one bit. You know that we’ll both have eggs on our faces if there is no season, and if so is the case then c’est la vie. But, I still have hope we are going to get NHL hockey this year.

      • blomfeld - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        “You know that we’ll both have eggs on our faces if there is no season” …

        Don’t worry friend, as I do “seriously” know about this kind of crap ! It’s like I’m apparently some kind of a modern-day “medicine man” or something ? … at least that’s what I’ve been told. :) Anyway, we’re going to find out here soon enough, one way or the other.

        ps: if it turns out that we do have a season, then I’ll have you know that in terms of our many detractors here at PHT, my own gun captains have already been supplied with the “appropriate” target coordinates !

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