The 2012/2013 Winter Classic will be held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They will have alumni games to prelude the regular game. Tampa Bay’s VP of Fan Relations and captain of the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship team Dave Andreychuk has been asked to take part.
“It was really special for me living right around the corner in Hamilton and having the opportunity to be playing so close to home and alongside some great players,” he said, reminiscing. “It was really exciting to play for those fans too.”
He will play for the Toronto Maple Leafs in which he spent four seasons with. For Toronto he played in 223 regular season games, scored 120 goals, and acquired 219 points. Three out of the four years he participated in the post season. In two of those they made it to the Conference Finals, and one year they came within only one goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Dave scored 20 goals and made 34 points in 46 post season games.
They will hold two alumni games in order to honor 23-25 players on two different teams.
“We can have 75 to 80 or maybe 100 of the greatest players in Red Wings and Leafs history (involved). (We’re) not exactly sure how we’re going to break down the game. That’s going to be for another time, but I’m looking at this game as a trip down Memory Lane. For me, as a fan, to be able to sit in this stadium and watch all these great Red Wings players and Leafs players on the same sheet of ice is going to be absolutely incredible.”, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said at a press conference Wednesday held on the infield grass at Comerica Park.
The alumni games will top the inaugural SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, which will feature outdoor games from several levels of hockey at the rink in Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, including the annual Great Lakes Invitational college tournament. This will be the first time it’s been held outside. Another first will be the outdoor games played by Ontario Hockey League junior teams: the Windsor Spitfires, Plymouth Whalers, London Knights and Saginaw Spirit.
The Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliates of the Wings and Leafs will also play in the outdoor rink. All of these events will serve as a two-week primer for the annual Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which will be held between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 about 40 miles away at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor.
So all of this fun will happen in the freezing cold of Michigan in late December, and I’ll be here where the snow is too afraid to form. Until then, it’s just another day in hockey paradise.