NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday morning the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Original Six rivals Detroit and Toronto will be played at Michigan Stadium.

Bettman made the announcement at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, which will host the Hockeytown Winter Festival, a week-long celebration of the game at all levels.

The 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic marks the first time a Canadian-based franchise is part of the festivities. It also marks the first time that the events of Winter Classic week will be split between two venues.

The cornerstone of the Hockeytown Winter Festival is the NHL Alumni Showdown, which will feature many of the game’s biggest legends playing in the home of the Tigers, the major league baseball team also owned by Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. The alumni game is scheduled for December 31st.

A litany of other games involving area high-school, junior, college and minor-league teams will also be played at Comerica Park during the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

The Winter Classic will be January 1, 2013.


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