With no Winter Classic this season and no NHL hockey on the immediate horizon, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings might want to consider a trip to Windsor, Ont., to get their fix.
Following in the NHL-player charity exhibition games that began with the Players Tour through Quebec and hit new heights with a sold-out, star-studded benefit last weekend in Atlantic City to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, members of the Wings and Leafs are set to play Dec. 8 at the WCFU Centre, home of the Windsor Spitfires.
Spearheaded by Steve Ott, Dan Cleary and Shawn Horcoff, the NHLPA game will support Sparkles From Above, a foundation that aids kids diagnosed with cancer.
Current Maple Leafs defencemen John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek and forward Matthew Lombardi are set to participate alongside former Leafs Jamal Mayers, Ian White, Kyle Wellwood and Jonas Gustavsson.
Todd Bertuzzi, Justin Abdelkader, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm and Cory Emmerton will represent the Red Wings.
But it’s not just a Leafs-Wings affair.
Other NHLers expected to suit up include James Neal, Keith Yandle, Brenden Morrow, Thomas Vanek, Matt Martin, Ryan Wilson, Adam Burish, Matt Ellis, Vern Fiddler, Tom Gilbert, Jordan Leopold, Nick Schultz, Sergei Samsonov, Kevin Westgarth, James Wisniewski and Michael Leighton.
Tickets cost $41.75 for reserved seating. A family four pack costs $137.
If the lockout ends by Dec. 6, the game is subject to cancellation.