Kevork Djansezian

Hockeytown Winter Festival canceled along with Winter Classic

With there being no Winter Classic, there will also be no Hockeytown Winter Festival in Detroit in December.

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Hockeytown Winter Festival canceled by NHL

The two week festival was to take place at Comerica Park.

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Winter Festival's fate tied to Winter Classic

There will be no Winter Festival if the NHL cancels the Winter Classic.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Red Wings Add Red Berenson, Aaron Ward, Others

The Detroit Red Wings have been adding some very solid names to their Alumni Game for the Winter Classic festivities at the end of the year. Previously, they added in Vyacheslav Fetisov and Igor Larionov to unite one of the most explosive pairings in hockey's storied history, and now they've got some more solid names to add to the roster.

According to the official website, Dennis Polonich, who is notably the shortest drafted player to play for the Red Wings, has been added to the roster. On top of that, defenseman Aaron Ward and forwards Red Berenson (the University of Michigan's hockey coach) and Jimmy Carson have also been added to the game's roster.

Polonich had a storied career, and there's plenty of quotes on the official website, as well as some stories about his high-profile career in Detroit. He notes that it's a huge honor to be playing in the game with some of the names that have already been announced, and it's very clear to see that he's truly happy to come back and put on the Red Wings' colors once again.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Red Wings Add Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov To Roster

The Detroit Red Wings are very excited for the 2013 Winter Classic, and everything pertaining to it is a big announcement for them. Of particular note is the Alumni Showdown on New Year's Eve -- always a big part of festivities. The game drew huge attendance in the last Winter Classic, and the Red Wings are doing their best to make the alumni roster exciting and interesting for fans.

According to the official website, the team has added Vyacheslav Fetisov and Igor Larionov, so they're doing just that: making things interesting. The pair, joined with players like Vladimir Krutov, Sergei Makarov and Alexi Kasatonov, took the Russians to five world championships and the 1981 Canada Cup. They were part of some of the most dominant lines in hockey history.

And that includes their time on the Red Wings. Detroit acquired Larionov in a trade during the 1995-96 season to unite him with Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov. There's plenty more on both guys and their achievements on the official website. For now, suffice to say that there's some exciting names on the Alumni Showdown roster already known and this should be a good one to watch, especially for nostalgia's sake.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Scotty Bowman, Pat Quinn To Coach Respective Squads

We've heard a lot already about the Winter Classic Alumni Game, including the preliminary rosters. The game itself is between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it seems like it's getting bigger and bigger every year. And on Thursday, the game got just a little bit bigger with the addition of two legendary coaches to take part in the game.

According to the Red Wings' official website, Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn will be the primary coaches facing off against one another. Bowman is the former Red Wings coach who won three Stanley Cups with the organization (1997, 1998, 2002) and spent 11 years with the team. He's also the winningest coach in NHL history with 1,244 career wins.

Quinn is the NHL's fourth winningest coach of all time and has had some impressive wins outside of the NHL, with a Team Canada gold medal in 2002 and a 2004 World Cup of Hockey victory in 2004. Red Kelly will join Quinn, while Barry Smith will join Bowman.

These two have a big history together -- check the link from the official website for more -- but it's Quinn that holds the head-to-head advantage in this matchup, with a 14-12-4 record against Bowman's squads. The Alumni Showdown is scheduled for Dec. 31.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Winter Classic Alumni Showdown: Preliminary Rosters Announced

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Comerica Park, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced their preliminary rosters for the Alumni Showdown. The event will be held on Dec. 31 as part of the lead-up to the 2013 Winter Classic, and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said that there could be two games in order to allow more former players to take part in the action.

For the Red Wings, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio are going to be coaches and ambassadors. Here's a look at the players currently committed to play in the Alumni Showdown: Mark Howe, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Darren McCarty, Dino Ciccarelli, Jiri Fischer, Joe Kocur, John Ogrodnick, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Larry Murphy, Luc Robitaille, Mickey Redmond, Igor Larionov and Mike Vernon.

More players will be added at a later date, and Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson, who played for the Red Wings in the 1970s, is expected to be one of the additions.

You can check out the Maple Leafs' current roster here.

Tickets for the Alumni Showdown are going to be available via a lottery in mid-August. Tickets for the other Hockeytown Winter Festival events at Comerica Park will go on sale on Aug. 1.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Hockeytown Winter Festival Schedule Announced By Red Wings

The 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium is the main event, but there are a lot of fun events that will be held at Comerica Park on the undercard in the weeks leading up to the game. Specifically, the Detroit Red Wings are going to hold the Hockeytown Winter Festival in the month of December. Earlier this week, the schedule for the Hockeytown Winter Festival was announced.

We now know that the Great Lakes Invitational will be held on Dec. 27 and 28 at Comerica Park. Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Michigan Tech will compete in the GLI, and there will be two games on each day -- the semifinals on Dec. 27 and the third-place game and championship on Dec. 28.

On Dec. 29, a doubleheader featuring teams from the OHL will be held at Comerica Park. The Windsor Spitfires will play the Saginaw Spirit in one game, and the Plymouth Whalers will take on the London Knights in the other.

The action will continue on Dec. 30 with a game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies. These teams are the AHL affiliates of the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Finally, the action at Comerica Park will come to a close on Dec. 31 with the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown. This should be a fun event with so many former players coming back to take part in the game, and it should be a nice lead-in to the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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