Windsor, ON – The University of Windsor Lancers and the Western Mustangs are pleased to announce that they will face-off in the 2014 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival.
The Lancers and Mustangs will renew their rivalry in a regular season contest on Monday, December 16 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan as one of the festival’s first events.
The game will replace the previously scheduled OUA contest between the two teams scheduled for this Friday (October 25) at South Windsor Arena.
“We are thrilled to be able to participate in this unique outdoor sporting event,” commented University of Windsor athletic director Mike Havey. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our student-athletes and something I know they’ll remember forever.”
More than 250,000 people are expected to descend on Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, for the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, an outdoor celebration of hockey that will start in mid-December. The infield of the Tigers’ home ballpark will be turned into a hockey rink and will feature games between teams representing every level of hockey.
“This is a great opportunity for not only our student-athletes but also for our fans and alumni to see our game showcased on a large stage,” added Western University athletic director Thérèse Quigley.
In addition to the Lancers-Mustangs game, the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival will also feature American Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, NCAA, high school and youth games throughout the month of December.
“As a hockey program, this fulfills our mission statement to give our players lifetime experiences that will help them grow as leaders in the community,” said University of Windsor head coach Kevin Hamlin. “Having a league game outdoors against our rivals places an even greater importance on the game, and our players wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Western University head coach Clarke Singer agrees that the event will be a special opportunity for both teams.
“We are very excited to be able to play outdoors at Comerica Park as part of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival,” said Singer. “The game will provide our players with a unique opportunity to experience playing an OUA regular season game in a first class outdoor venue.”
Stay tuned to www.goLancers.ca and www.westernmustangs.ca in the coming days for game time, ticket information and availability once it becomes available.
For more information on the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, please visit http://redwings.nhl.com/club/microhome.htm?location=/2014NHLWinterClassic
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