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Harlem Globetrotters to “fill the void” of NHL lockout by playing game on ice

Jan 4, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

Harlem Globetrotters

Lockout sufferers, have no fear — the Globetrotters are here.

On Monday, the Harlem-based traveling troupe will attempt to fill the void of the NHL lockout by playing a basketball game.

On ice.

Yes, this is happening.

Here’s more, from the Globetrotters website:

The Globetrotters will strap on custom “ice cleats” and hockey helmets to play the Global Select on The Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Portage, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 7 at 12:00 p.m.

The ice game will take place on the Globetrotters’ most historic anniversary – celebrating the team’s first ever road game in Hinckley, Ill. on Jan. 7, 1927.  Since that time, the team has won over 24,000 games and lost only 345. 

Detroit Red Wings Alumnus Kevin Miller will join the Globetrotters to help them continue their winning ways.  Miller brings over a decade of NHL experience to the Globetrotters basketball game on ice, which will take place shortly after the NHL’s cancelled “Winter Classic” was scheduled in Michigan on New Year’s Day.

“We hope the NHL can return to the ice as quickly as possible,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “But in the meantime, we thought the Globetrotters could help fill the void of professional sporting events on an ice surface.  And it’s only fitting we play this outdoor game in Michigan, as our tour continues in Kalamazoo the next day.” 

The Globetrotters have played on ice before, so at least they’ve got experience:

If nothing else, the game will provide an opportunity for Paul “Tiny” Sturgess — at 7-foot-8, the tallest Globetrotter ever — to get out there on his size-22 ice cleats.

Which should be…something.

  1. jakreidler - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM


  2. csilojohnson - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    What a joke

  3. aklolzer - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I hope they all tear their acl’s.

  4. pa9erfan - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    is it being televised on nbcsn??

  5. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    It’s for kids so they can laugh smile and have a good time. Get your collective heads out of your asses ^^^

    • danphipps01 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      It’s not really “collective” when they’re all the same guy, is it? Seriously – all similar usernames, all one-line dickhead comments that contribute less than nothing. The only thing that’s missing is a reference to a Penguins player’s genetalia, and that’s a different troll anyway.

    • thailer35 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      That’s the problem, it’s for the kids. The kids that the sport is losing already to basketball, football, baseball, etc.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        LOL Go away with your fearful clap trap. Hockey fans are Hockey fans, and most of them are from places where basketball and baseball will never replace it. And it’s youth football that has been taking a beating and losing out to everything.

        You’re an insane idiot posting this garbage.

      • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Not to mention, skateboarding, curling, free style skiing, snow boarding and anything that isn’ some thug/goon slashing activity.REality check for guys that should be driving forklifts or throwing hay.The NHL gets the lowest amount of college graduates of any major sport…. for a reason.Which is why guys like Bettman and Fehr can manipulate them like putty.See ya’ll in Fall 2013 for the New season.Now get hit the moto cross circuit.See real men smash into each other.

    • thenewraoulduke - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Its also free. I’ve never seen someone get so upset about a free event.

  6. heshutziscores - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Can’t wait for the Ice Soccer league to start

  7. kicksave1980 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I used to live right by Millennium park in Portage, MI. Can’t imagine how seating would work there, but if I still lived there I’d check it out. I’m sure the kids in the area will love the show.

  8. comeonnowguys - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Still can’t believe their first road game was in Hinckley, IL.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Not a lot of hustle in that clip

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