Game On: Pond Hockey & Pistons Across the Pond
This month, Detroit sports take to the pond — and across the pond — as other activities seek to fill gaps in the local athletic scene
When the Detroit Pistons take on the New York Knicks on Jan. 17, Tayshaun might not be the only “prince” in the building. That’s because the NBA, in a continued effort to broaden its international appeal, has scheduled the game at the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London’s O2 Arena. The Pistons might not be filling The Palace seats with their lackluster play, but they may fare better across the pond, where two games in March 2011 between the Nets and Raptors sold out.
And despite Detroit’s French and New York’s British pasts, the league is inexplicably calling this a home game for the Pistons — good news considering the team’s abysmal road record earlier in the season.
Pond Hockey Tourney
With the NHL’s 2013 Winter Classic at U-M’s Big House between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs scuttled as a result of the league-wide lockout (which threatened the entire season at press time), hockey fans were feeling left out in the cold.
Purists longing for the sound of scraping skate blades in the brisk air can still get their fill the last weekend of the month, however, when two pond-hockey tournaments take to the ice on Whitmore Lake and Lake St. Clair. The simultaneous events run Jan. 25-27 and feature four-man adult teams vying to be big fish.