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Hamilton selected to host outdoor AHL game

Tue 30th, August 2011

Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - The Hamilton Bulldogs announced on Tuesday that the club will host an outdoor game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Their opponent will be the Toronto Marlies, and the game will take place on Saturday, January 21. It will be the first time in American Hockey League history that a Canadian-based club will hold an outdoor contest.

"This will be a week-long celebration of hockey, with an NHL and AHL alumni game, local minor hockey games, culminating with a battle between the Bulldogs and the Marlies," said Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer. "To me, this is more than a hockey game, it's about bringing the community together in celebration of what is truly Canadiana; an outdoor hockey game being played between the farm clubs of the two most storied franchises in hockey, being played in a Canadian Football League stadium.

Ivor Wynne has been the home of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats for decades, but is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt.

"The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are excited to be involved with the Bulldogs for such a great event for our city," said Ticats president Scott Mitchell. "This outdoor game will be a terrific way to kick off the 2012 sports calendar in what is the final season of historic Ivor Wynne Stadium."

Hamilton is the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and the Marlies are the primary farm club for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The league has scheduled two previous open-air games -- in 2010 between the Syracuse Crunch and Binghamton Senators which set an AHL attendance record of 21,508 spectators, and last season between the Connecticut Whale and Providence Bruins.

"Hockey fans in southern Ontario are in for a terrific experience as the American Hockey League goes outdoors for the first time in Canada," said AHL chief executive officer David Andrews.

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