According to Crain’s Detroit Business’s Tyler Clifford, the Red Wings are going to sponsor a pond hockey tournament…at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI:
For a couple of weekends in January, the Michigan International Speedway grounds will be retrofitted not for rubber and asphalt but blades and ice.
Youth, adult and women’s hockey tournaments will take over the racetrack in Brooklyn as part of the first MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament and Winter Festival. The weekend events will feature three-on-three and four-on-four tournaments played on makeshift hockey rinks built on the trioval.
The winter festival will fill the raceway where guests can enjoy food, drinks and other outdoor activities. Those looking for refuge from the predictably cold temperatures can catch the games from the speedway suites.
Each team will play at least five games over the course of the weekend and as many as eight games to win the championship, the news release said. Youth leagues will play Jan. 4-6 and adult and women’s leagues will hit the ice Jan. 11-13.
“We are excited to host the inaugural MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament,” MIS President Rick Brenner said in a statement. “This unique experience is another opportunity to contribute to the facilities economic impact in Michigan.”