Jan 2, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
It’s a known fact that one can ruin any movie or show by adding the words “on ice” at the end. The Nutcracker On Ice … The Little Mermaid On Ice … Les Miserables On Ice … all come to mind. But this may be a notable exception.
It will be the Harlem Globetrotters On Ice on Jan. 7, as the basketball entertainment troupe prepares to take on the Global Select (formerly the Washington Generals) on The Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Portage, Mich. It’s part of the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, in which they’ll be using custom “ice cleats” and hockey helmets. Look, at this point we’ll take professional athletes playing games on ice any way we can get it.
Detroit Red Wings Alumnus Kevin Miller will join the Globetrotters to help them continue their winning ways. Miller brings over a decade of NHL experience to the Globetrotters basketball game on ice, which will take place shortly after the NHL’s cancelled “Winter Classic” was scheduled in Michigan on New Year’s Day.
“We hope the NHL can return to the ice as quickly as possible,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “But in the meantime, we thought the Globetrotters could help fill the void of professional sporting events on an ice surface. And it’s only fitting we play this outdoor game in Michigan, as our tour continues in Kalamazoo the next day.”
Fun fact: according to their web site, the Globetrotters have won more than 24,000 games, against 345 losses. Their first road game was in Hinckley, Ill., on Jan. 7, 1927, which makes sense since the team is not from Harlem, and never has been. They originated in Chicago.
The Millennium Park game is free to the public, which is nice.
Here’s some video of a previous game the Globetrotters played on ice, in New York.
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