Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Red Wings forward appeared Monday at Meijer to sign autographs for fans.
Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader took a break from his team's grueling, lockout-shortened season Monday to meet with fans and sign autographs at Meijer in Canton. Abdelkader, a Muskegon native and former Michigan State Spartan, represented the Red Wings on Monday in a promotion with Meijer, the team's marketing partner as a line of fans wrapped around the store's electronics department. Being a Michigander himself, the Red Wings forward said he enjoyed working with the Grand Rapids-based company, located near where he grew up. "I'm pretty familiar with Meijer, obviously, and being local, being from the west side of the state," he said. Fans also had a chance to fire hockey pucks at targets in an exhibit borrowed from the Red …
Plymouth resident and three-time Stanley Cup winner to participate in Detroit Red Wings Assembly Program.
Three-time Stanley Cup Champion and Plymouth resident Chris Osgood will visit Bird Elementary in Plymouth on Wednesday as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan, according to a news release. The program, which is free to students but closed to the public, will take place from 2-3 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Former Red Wing Jiri Fischer visited Smith Elementary students in January this year as part of the assembly program. Osgood and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce more than 600 elementary students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Wings will …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Muskegon native and former Michigan State Spartan among two Red Wings set to appear at six Metro Detroit Meijer locations this season.
Red Wings fans can meet one of the team's star players today in Canton. Detroit Red Wings forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm are set to appear at various Meijer locations throughout the Metro Detroit area during the 2012-13 season, signing autographs and interacting with fans at six different Metro Detroit Meijer locations. Abdelkader, a Muskegon native and former Michigan State Spartan, will kick off the season-long campaign this week with back-to-back appearances at two separate supercenters, beginning today in Canton, 45001 Ford Road, and Tuesday in Allen Park, 3565 Fairlane Boulevard. Four additional stops featuring Helm and Abdelkader are scheduled for the months of March and April in Madison Heights, Southfield, Rochester …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Fischer, Detroit Red Wings Assembly Team bring hockey and fitness lesson to Smith Elementary students.
A sea of red shirts flooded the Smith Elementary gymnasium in Plymouth on Thursday as former Detroit Red Wing Jiri Fischer and the Red Wings Assembly Team introduced students to the sport of hockey and encouraged an active and healthy lifestyle. The message of maintaining health hits home for Fischer, who survived his own health scare in 2005 when he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators. The incident ended Fischer's playing career and he said he uses his experience to teach others to not take things for granted. "When anybody is a survivor of any life-threatening condition, from cardiac to cancer to other things, you look back at maybe what I could have done and what I didn't do…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Fischer, Red Wings School Assembly Team brings youth street and floor hockey initiative to school.
Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer will visit Smith Elementary in Plymouth today as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program. The assembly, which is not open to the public, will run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. today in the school gymnasium. Fischer and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Wings will provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle, according to Red Wings officials. The School Assembly Team opens every program with an interactive lesson on exercise and healthy eating, followed by an energetic hockey shootout …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Red defeats White, 4-2, in standing-room-only exhibition in Plymouth.
Detroit Red Wings fans turned out in droves Tuesday to Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township for their first taste of NHL hockey since a lengthy lockout between NHL owners and players that delayed and shortened the 2013 season. While the NHL season doesn't get under way until Saturday, the Red Wings offered fans a free sneak peek via a "Red vs. White" game featuring the Red Wings roster and prospects from the team's American Hockey League affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins. Led by a go-ahead goal by newly anointed captain Henrik Zetterberg, who was given the captain's "C" at a news conference before Tuesday's exhibition, "Team Red" defeated "Team White," 4-2. Red also earned goals from the Red Wings' Drew Miller and the Grand Rapids Griffins…
Wings name new captain Tuesday after 2012 retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom.
When Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg was awarded the "C" as team captain Tuesday, the significance of being a captain in Detroit wasn't lost on the star. Zetterberg, whose promotion was announced at a news conferences at Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township ahead of the Red Wings' "Red vs. White" scrimmage, follows two beloved captains in Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired in 2012, and longtime leader Steve Yzerman, who served from 1986 until his retirement in 2006. "It is a true honor to be named captain of the Detroit Red Wings," Zetterberg said. "If you look back at some of our former captains—Lidstrom, Yzerman, (Alex) Delvecchio, (Ted) Lindsay, Gordie Howe—it's very big shoes to fill." Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland announced …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Compuware Arena fills up quickly as team offers free admission to Red vs. White game.
Red Wings fans might have quelled any lingering doubts Tuesday about whether fans would come back with the NHL's lockout-shortened season. Officials from Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township had to turn away fans at the parking lot Tuesday as the venue filled up for the team's free Red vs. White game, featuring the current Red Wings roster and prospects. "We talked about the possibility of that happening," John Hahn, the Red Wings' senior director of communications told the Detroit News. The team's Red vs. White game and training camp practices took place this week at Compuware Arena, as the Red Wings' home venue, Joe Louis Arena, was booked for auto show events.
Team to practice, play scrimmage at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
The Detroit Red Wings are offering fans a chance to see the team prepare for its lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season in Plymouth today. The team hits the ice at 9:30 a.m. today at Compuware Arena in Plymouth for practice, and will hold a "Red vs. White" game later that evening, beginning at 6 p.m. Both are events are open to the public with free admission. The Red vs. White contest also will be carried live by both Fox Sports Detroit, with Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and Larry Murphy calling the shots, and on 1270 AM with Ken Kal and Paul Woods. Doors for each event open one hour before the start time. Compuware Arena is located at 14900 Beck Road in Plymouth.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Red Wings' warmups open to public at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
While its home venue, Joe Louis Arena, is booked for the North American International Auto Show, the Detroit Red Wings are offering fans a chance to see the team prepare for its lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season in Plymouth. The Red Wings opened training camp Sunday before about 2,000 fans at Compuware Arena, 14900 Beck Road, in Plymouth, according to the Detroit Free Press, and began a second session at noon on Monday. The team returns to Plymouth at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and will hold its Red vs. White game later that evening, beginning at 6 p.m. The Red vs. White contest also will be carried live by both Fox Sports Detroit, with Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and Larry Murphy calling the shots, and on 1270 AM with Ken Kal and Paul Woods. The …