Thursday, February 09, 2012

Whalers, Spirit going outside in December

In late December and early January of next season, Detroit will play host to a week-long celebration of hockey at all levels known as the Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

The Ontario Hockey League has been invited to play a double-header featuring the Plymouth Whalers and London Knights, along with the Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires, as part of the outdoor game festivities.

“The Ontario Hockey League is most pleased and values the invitation extended to us by the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL to be part of the Winter Classic,” said OHL commissioner David Branch. “We look forward to hopefully concluding the necessary arrangements to be part of this very special and exciting hockey celebration."

The announcement about the NHL’s Winter Classic and the Hockeytown Winter Festival was made by the NHL Thursday morning at a news conference at Comerica Park. The Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 1 in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium.

Photo/Mike Caples/

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