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.