PORTAGE, Mich. — The Harlem Globetrotters say they hope that deprived NHL fans have taken some comfort in watching basketball on ice.
The sporty entertainers strapped on custom cleats and hockey helmets for their basketball game on ice Monday in West Michigan. Dozens of fans braved the blustery winds as they watched the Globetrotters beat Global Select 24-10 at Millennium Park in Portage.
The Globetrotters play on a conventional court today at Wings Stadium in nearby Kalamazoo.
It's really special. It's not the kind of call you expect but it's like yeah we've for it. For a community like Portage it's a great thing and just to be recognized of having a facility like this and doing something different it's a great thing, William Deming of Portage Parks and Recreation said to WWMT TV.
The game also paid tribute to the annual Winter Classic, an event held by the NHL near New Year's Day when a regular-season game is played outdoors. This year, the Winter Classic was cancelled due to labor disputes between the NHL Players Association and the NHL.