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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
The Red Wings skated to center ice and raised their sticks to salute the fans, and the fans raised the ministicks the team had given away as souvenirs in return, underscoring the connection the team and the city made in this place.
It was a playoff atmosphere, a party atmosphere.
"I've never had goose bumps this many times during a game in my career," said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, and this was his 1,000th NHL game.
If there was any consolation for the Red Wings missing the playoffs, it was this: Everyone knew this would be the last game at the Joe. The Red Wings could plan festivities and invite alumni to come back. The fans could come ready to say their goodbyes and raid the local fish markets.
Thirty-five octopuses hit the ice. Thirty-five. The Detroit tradition started in 1952, the eight legs of an octopus representing the eight playoff victories it took to win the Stanley Cup then. Well, on this night, it was almost as if each octopus represented a year at the Joe. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said there were so many that the players could smell them toward the end of the game.
"In a tough season, like it's been for us, I think this was a nice way to go out," Abdelkader said. "This building deserves it."
added 8:34am, from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Shay is a very good friend of mine and although there is a big age difference, she is a great fan of the Wings.
I asked her to give me her thoughts on the Joe.
When Paul asked me to write an article on a “millennial viewpoint” of the Joe Louis Arena being decommissioned, I was honored. I spent 25 out of 27 years of my life going to this arena and it feels like I am losing a piece of my childhood. There’s something romantic about Joe Louis Arena. Whether you’ve ran up the entrance stairs singing the Rocky theme song or gone through the space age tunnel from Cobo parking, it’s like coming to a second home.
I wasn’t old enough to get the significance of Tigers Stadium being shut down and eventually torn down. To be honest, baseball isn’t really my sport. Hockey has always been my sport. It is in my blood and it is a staple in my city. Hockeytown didn’t get where it is today because people like Mike Milbury said so. It was made that way by the 20k fans that pack the stands each game, fans who were there in the 80’s during the dark ages. By fans like me, who have sat in almost every section, endured all the struggles and embraced all the triumphs. If you’ve ever watched a stadium you grew up with be closed down, you understand how every Red Wings fan feels as we happily shell out good money for nosebleeds seats just to say we were there that last year.
Elliotte Friedman was on Fan590 radio this morning. Some of the highlights...
Best memory of Joe Louis Arena- Bumping into Anna Kournikova.
Next was some Leafs talk then...
At the 9:30 mark... He's very curious when the season is over what kind of names we hear out there..., he thinks it will be a wild trade market.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Has it really been 20 years since the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche ignited one of the best rivalries — or feuds — in professional sports with a game on March 26 that will likely live in infamy?
“I have people all the time come up to me and say they were there,” Kris Draper said.
March 26, 1997.
You mention that date to Detroit sports fans of a certain age and they’ll tell you where they were when the Red Wings and Avalanche went after each other that evening, or what they were doing, or how they were going bonkers.
The entire evening can still produce endless goose bumps just thinking about it. The fights, the goals, the craziness of what was happening on the ice and in the stands — oh yes, and the fights.
Below, watch 15 minutes of fight highlights from the game...
They would still be a non-playoff team. I just hope the Wings don't use injuries as and excuse and try again next year without making some very key changes.
Tempting to wonder where Wings at if ... Howard not out 11 weeks, Vanek not out 11 games (4g 4a in 5-2 start; Wings 3-7-1 without him).
You missed the point. The Wings have been decimated by injuries (260+ man games lost). Take away a couple, maybe different season.
Steve Yzerman many times told me the team that wins the Stanley Cup often is the healthiest one.
Ask the Montreal Canadiens if injuries factor into a season. Ask them if last season it mattered not having Carey Price. (spoiler: It did).
from Brent Cooper of the Bracebridge Examiner,
It is easy to tell Katie Coll adored her late father.
“I was his first-born. He was just always there for me. Just growing up he would show me and do everything for me,” she said. “We had a cottage up on Lake Rosseau and he was just always doing something with me and for me,” she said.
Calling from her North Carolina home, Coll spoke fondly of her father, born and raised in Bracebridge and who may remember as one of the best National Hockey League goalies of the 1960s, Detroit Red Wings star Roger Crozier. Though prior to his NHL career, he helped the Bracebridge Bears to the District Championship in the Intermediate C playoffs in 1958-59.
To pay homage to her late father, she is trying to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame through a letter-writing campaign.
She said she has a number of her father’s fans on her Facebook page, and many were surprised to learn he wasn’t already in the hall.
“He so deserves it. There are these fans from all over that are saying this to me, so I decided I would try this and see if I can’t get him into the hall. I have all these good reasons why I think he should be in the hall of fame and everyone else does … some of the players in the hall didn't do half of what my dad did and it makes me so irritated,” she said.
Coll has been busy the past few months collecting newspaper articles and hundreds of letters of support and Facebook messages for her father to be inducted into the hall.
And the better save of the night goes to?
Or Petr Mrazek?
Right on his stick...
Coreau got all tangled up.
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