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Detroit's Frozen Four Will be Remembered Warmly

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The experiment worked, although it might be a long time before you see it again. Detroit proved that hockey could coexist in a football environment, treating the city to a rare oddity -- a championship game at Ford Field.

There were some embarrassing nuisances, such as the seating risers directly behind the benches didn't rise high enough, making it impossible to see over players' heads. The puck skipped crazily or moved sluggishly on a few occasions because of uneven ice.

But, overall, the first Frozen Four in a football stadium scored high marks.

It further validated Detroit as a major player in hosting major sporting events, but it also underscored why the city needs a new downtown hockey arena as quickly as fiscally possible.

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