Michigan Stadium is ready for Wednesday's Winter Classic game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
The NHL warns fans attending the Winter Classic on Wednesday to beware of the possible sale of unauthorized merchandise around Michigan Stadium and Ann Arbor.
The NHL offers these tips:
* Look for the NHL hologram sticker or hangtag and a sewn-in label identifying the merchandise as "official" and authorized by the NHL.
* Shop at official locations inside and outside of Michigan Stadium.
* Beware of ripped tags, typographical errors, poor quality screen-printing, or irregular markings on apparel.
* Be suspicious of items when the price is too good to be true.
The NHL said that at the 2012 NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia, more than 1,100 unauthorized NHL products were seized, valued at over $250,000.
This week the NHL will assist Homeland Security and local officials in enforcing laws prohibiting the sale of counterfeit merchandise.
"During major sporting events like the NHL Winter Classic, we work hand-in-hand with the NHL to thwart any and all counterfeiting efforts, especially those that will have a direct impact on the local economy,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations Detroit. “When you consider the size of Michigan Stadium and the number of fans planning to attend the game, this is a sporting event that's ripe for counterfeiters.”