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by George Malik on 04/13/14 at 03:30 AM ET
Red Wings anthem singer Karen Newman's been on the job for 24 years now, and ahead of the playoffs, the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez kicks off what will become a cavalcade of, "I wish they did this kind of stuff all year" stories with a fitting tribute to Newman's longevity and humility:
She began during Sergei Fedorov’s 1990-91 rookie season.
“He showed up the same day I did,” she said. “He never forgets that. He told me, ‘We started on the same day.’ ”
Almost a quarter-century later, Newman is still going strong. She has never had a contract with the Wings, just a verbal agreement they’ve both kept. She has no plans to stop anytime soon.
But if this Wings season has taught us anything, it’s that the future is promised to no one.
“You never know,” she said. “When my time’s up, my time’s up. It could happen. You never know. Season to season. Shake things up.”
Monarrez continues at length, and the story includes an attached photo gallery and a video interview with Newman. I wish Fox Sports Detroit still showed the anthems, because Newman sings the adapted "badwy" tune the way it should be sung--she belts it out.
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