Though the lockout robbed us of the Winter Classic, Chicago is set to host the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field. The ice is down and the logos painted. Now all they need are the four college teams that will participate in the doubleheader on Feb. 17.
Notre Dame will meet Miami University at noon CT, while Minnesota will take on Wisconsin at 3:30 at the Hockey City Classic. Up until then, several Chicago-area high schools and the Chicago Fire Department hockey team will all have games on the rink and there are also public skating sessions.
More than 45,000 tickets have already been sold for the outdoor event.
I’ll be in Chicago on Feb. 17 and will be filing reports from the Hockey City Classic to United States of Hockey and CBSSports.com.