Members of the Detroit Red Wings will be sporting red kettles Friday in Plymouth, Northville, Birmingham and Troy to raise money for the Salvation Army, according to a news release from the team.
Coach Mike Babcock and Ken Holland, the team's executive vice president and general manager, will collect donations from 3:30-5:30 p.m. outside Hiller's Market in downtown Northville. Holland is serving as the honorary chairman for the Salvation Army's 2011 Red Kettle Campaign for the sixth straight year, according to the news release.
Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula of the Red Wings will be at the Kroger in Plymouth. Red Wings players Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm will collect donations in front of Hockeytown Authentics in Troy. Fans at that location can receive an autograph from each forward with a $10 donation per player, the news release said. Two Red Wings prospects, Cory Emmerton and Jakub Kindl, will be at the Kroger in Birmingham. All the players will collect at the red kettles from 4-6 p.m.
According to the news release, the team makes the fundraising effort an annual competition to see who can collect the most money. Last year, the team of Helm and Abdelkader became the first squad to raise more funds than the coach-general manager duo of Babcock and Holland.
The Salvation Army also will have its red kettles at Joe Louis Arena for the Wings’ first four home games this month on Dec. 8, 10, 17 and 27.
Red Wings' red kettle locations:
Hiller’s Market (Northville) – Mike Babcock and Ken Holland (3:30-5:30 p.m.)
425 N. Center St., Northville
Hockeytown Authentics (Troy) – Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, (4-6 p.m.)
1845 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy
Kroger (Birmingham) – Cory Emmerton and Jakub Kindl (4-6 p.m.),
685 E Maple Rd., Birmingham
Kroger (Plymouth) – Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula (4-6 p.m.),
44525 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth