The Plymouth Whalers will face off Dec. 29 against the J. Ross Robertson Cup champion London Knights in an outdoor hockey game at Comerica Park.
The game will be part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival, a two-week series of outdoor hockey games and winter-themed events in downtown Detroit preceding the 2013 NHL Winter Classic outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
Olympia Entertainment has unveiled a preliminary schedule for the 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival, set to take place at downtown Detroit’s Comerica Park during the final two weeks of December. Kicking off mid-month and wrapping up on New Year’s Eve, this multi-faceted hockey-themed event will feature a wide variety of activities and exhibitions for fans, according to a news release from the Detroit Red Wings.
A full listing of dates and events comprising the Hockeytown Winter Festival can be found below:
DECEMBER 15-26 Celebration of Hockey featuring amateur games, corporate outings and open skates. Information on booking ice time can be obtained by visiting DetroitRedWings.com/icetime.
DECEMBER 27-31 Outdoor Festival featuring interactive games, autograph signings, face painting and ice sculpture exhibits as well as musical performances and entertainment.
DECEMBER 27-28 Great Lakes Invitational featuring the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Tech Huskies all competing for the 2012 MacInnes Cup.
DECEMBER 29 Ontario Hockey League Doubleheader featuring the Windsor Spitfires taking on the Saginaw Spirit and the Plymouth Whalers battling the J. Ross Robertson Cup champion London Knights.
DECEMBER 30 American Hockey League Game featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
DECEMBER 31 Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown featuring legendary players from two of the National Hockey League’s most storied franchises going head-to-head.
Ticketing information for these events, as well as the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (Detroit vs. Toronto – Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium) is being distributed to Red Wings season ticket holders this week, the news release said. Information on purchasing 2012-13 Red Wings season tickets and gaining exclusive access to 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival seats can be obtained by calling (313) 396-7575.