With this year's Winter Classic cancelled due to the NHL lockout, the Harlem Globetrotters provided the consolation prize for Michigan residents.
The Globetrotters played a game on an ice rink in Portage, Mich., on Monday, wearing custom cleats and hockey helmets. It wasn't exactly Detroit Red Wings versus Toronto Maple Leafs, but it certainly had its entertaining moments.
Former Red Wing Kevin Miller even took the ice, dribbling the basketball down the "court" with his hockey stick.
"We played this game to celebrate all sporting events on ice," Handles Franklin, a Globetrotters player, said in a news release. "We're thrilled the NHL is coming back. Unfortunately, they couldn't return in time to play the Winter Classic – so the Globetrotters helped fill that void today by playing this outdoor game on ice. And we thought it was fitting to play it right here in Michigan in the midst of our North American tour with former Red Wing Kevin Miller."
Unsurprisingly, the Globetrotters won. They beat Global Select, 24-10
(H/T to Game On!)