The NHL's Winter Classic may be cancelled but it's game on for the Windsor Classic.
City council on Monday approved a road hockey tournament to be held on Riverside Drive over two days between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Organizer Trevor Whaling says the family-oriented hockey event will play up the rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, who were supposed to play in the outdoor game at Michigan Stadium on New Year's Day before it was cancelled due to the NHL lockout.
The local event will be played for charity.
"One cumulative score between the Leaf fans and Wing fans will be kept over a two-day period. A score will also be kept showing how much each fan base has donated to the Downtown Mission," Whaling said. "I would also like to hold a bottle drive and a used hockey equipment drive to coincide with this event."
Riverside will be closed between Ouellette Avenue and Ferry Street on Dec. 28 and 29.
The goal is to raise $40,000 for the mission.