Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/13/12 at 04:09 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The NHL has all but finalized details to hold next year’s Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, while continuing negotiations for a second outdoor rink in downtown Detroit where all ancillary events would be held, a source told ESPN.com Friday.
The league would like to have the matter settled by the All-Star break, according to the source.
The Jan. 1 game between the Original Six rivals would be played at the University of Michigan’s “Big House,” which, at 110,000-plus seats, is the largest college football stadium in the country. Ann Arbor is about 43 miles west of Detroit.
But cognizant of the need to include the City of Detroit in the process, the league would like to build a second outdoor rink in downtown Detroit, probably at Comerica Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers.
Besides other games, I could see an alumni game being played at Comerica….
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