If you, like this author, were planning to make the trip to Ann Arbor, MI on Jan. 1 for the NHL Winter Classic, forget about it. The lockout put a stop to that.
The Las Vegas Wranglers might have the next best thing.
The team on Tuesday announced it will hold the Indoor Winter Classic against the Ontario Reign at Orleans Arena on Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.
How could this possibly replicate the outdoor hockey experience, with tradition steeped in games played on frozen ponds across Canada?
"The game will feature many arena doors being left open in hope of creating unpredictable breeze patterns," said Wranglers President and Chief Operating Officer Billy Johnson. "We are hoping for quite a draft."
A trophy incorporating a chain and lock will be presented to the winning team. With enough interest, the game could eventually be moved outdoors.
"We hope that with time the Indoor Winter Classic grows and we will be forced to move it outdoors," Johnson said.
If that's not enough to entice you, you'll also have the chance to skate with the Wranglers following the game. Rental skates will be provided at no extra charge.
Who needs the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs when we've got the Wranglers? For more info, visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com.
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