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Red Wings go the ‘no comment’ route regarding Winter Classic

In light of the Yahoo Sports and Annarbor.com reports that the University of Michigan has been asked whether it could allow the NHL to borrow Michigan Stadium for a Metro Detroit-based Winter Classic, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan asked the Red Wings’ ownership to comment on the situation, and he received a predictable response:

Mike Ilitch owns the Red Wings and the Tigers, making Comerica Park seemingly a logical destination for the game. But Red Wings officials had no comment on the matter Thursday.

John Dellapina, NHL vice-president of communications, said the league doesn’t comment on Winter Classic sites until contracts are signed.

The league is expected to announce the site of the 2013 game before the Jan. 29 All-Star Game.

Wings senior vice-president Jimmy Devellano said in December that the Wings were on a “short list” of NHL cities being considered to host the game. He said then that possible venues had not been discussed with the NHL.

The Detroit Free Press’s Michael Rosenberg also offered a ramble regarding the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor being paired with a Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park given that the NHL has no desire to hold two events at Michigan Stadium…

Update: The Fan 590’s Greg Brady reports that the Red Wings want to host the event at Comerica Park because they’d receive both a cut of suite sales and want crowds to head to Cheli’s Chili and the Hockeytown Cafe instead of everywhere between Detroit and Ann Arbor to eat and drink. Brady says that the fact that the NCAA would demand a cut of the NHL’s pay-out to the Wings, and the fact that the NHL would have to receive a license to sell beer at the Big House, make things a little tricky.

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