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Schedule announced for Winter Festival

by Rick Bowness / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment has unveiled a preliminary schedule for the 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival, set to take place at downtown Detroit’s Comerica Park during the final two weeks of December. Kicking off mid-month and wrapping up on New Year’s Eve, this multi-faceted celebration of the sport of hockey will feature a wide variety of fun-filled activities and exhibitions for fans of all ages. A full listing of dates and events comprising the Hockeytown Winter Festival can be found below:

DEC. 15-26: Celebration of Hockey featuring amateur games, corporate outings and open skates. Information on booking ice time can be obtained by visiting

DEC. 27-31: Outdoor Festival featuring interactive games, autograph signings, face painting and ice sculpture exhibits as well as musical performances and entertainment.

DEC. 27-28: Great Lakes Invitational featuring the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Tech Huskies all competing for the 2012 MacInnes Cup.

DEC. 29: Ontario Hockey League doubleheader featuring the Windsor Spitfires taking on the Saginaw Spirit, and the Plymouth Whalers battling the J. Ross Robertson Cup champion London Knights.

DEC. 30: American Hockey League Game featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliates of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, respectively.

DEC. 31: Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown featuring legendary players from two of the National Hockey League’s most storied franchises going head-to-head.

Ticketing information for these events as well as the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (Detroit vs. Toronto – January 1 at Michigan Stadium) is being distributed to members of the Red Wings Season Ticket Holder Family this week. Information on purchasing 2012-13 Red Wings® Season Tickets and thereby gaining exclusive access to 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival seats can be obtained by calling 313-396-7575. Information regarding public on sales for all 2013 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival events will be available later this summer. For the latest news, visit

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