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A charitable press release from the Whalers and a hockey equipment-related release from the Wings

The Plymouth Whalers and Detroit Red Wings posited press releases on Friday afternoon. One is charitably-related and one is not-so-chariably-related, so I'll post the Whalers' presser first:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6

All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park

PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus.  Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.

In addition, the Whalers joined forces with 88.1FM WSDP The Park (located on the PCEP campus) several seasons ago for live broadcasts of Plymouth games.  The Whalers continue on 88.1FM this year, starting with the broadcast of the team’s Alumni game on Aug. 16.

The synergy between the PCEP and the Whalers reaches to a new level on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm at Compuware Arena when Plymouth hosts Saginaw.

Called “P-C-S Fundraising Night”, 100% of the ticket sales proceeds benefit teams and activities at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.   Tickets run $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Compuware Arena box office or online at http://www.compuwarearena.com.  Tickets run $12 at the door the date of the game.

In addition, school groups and individuals looking to participate can purchase tickets at WSDP by calling 734-416-7732.

Although the game may be just another preseason tilt to be played in preparation for the upcoming OHL season, the atmosphere at Compuware Arena on Sept. 6 may resemble a high-school event, with a pep band, cheerleaders and plenty of enthusiasm.

For parents, the game presents an opportunity for their kids to come to a local event close to home.

For athletic teams and other student groups within the PCEP, the game offers the opportunity to raise needed funds for the upcoming school year.

“The Whalers are incredibly generous to offer this fundraising opportunity for our teams and student groups,” said Bill Keith, a teacher at PCEP and WSDP Station Manager. “Developing fundraisers that payoff is always a challenge and this one has the potential to raise a lot of money for students at the Park.”

"We want Compuware Arena to be the place for PCEP students to be on Sept. 6," said Denise Ronayne, Plymouth Whalers Sales and Marketing Director.

The game is a potential competition between various groups at PCEP.  The two groups that sell the most tickets will also receive the opportunity to raise additional money through the 50/50 Raffle and Chuck-a-Puck sales the night of the game.

The Whalers are looking for student groups, cheerleaders, pom-pom teams and student choirs to perform prior to the game and during the intermission.  Students and groups interested in performing can contact Bill Keith at WSDP by calling 734-416-7732.

And the second, I would hope, might eventually involve some Wings "pro stock"-style gear sold at the team's new equipment-supplying sponsor:

PERANI’S TO BECOME OFFICIAL HOCKEY RETAILER OF DETROIT RED WINGS, LITTLE CAESARS AMATEUR HOCKEY LEAGUE, LITTLE CAESARS AAA HOCKEY PROGRAM

… Perani’s to Sponsor Youth Hockey Skates During Red Wings Home Games; Offer Discounts to all 11,000 Youth Hockey Players in LCAHL …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Amateur Sports today announced a three-year partnership with Perani’s Hockey World to make the sporting goods store the official hockey retailer of the Red Wings and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL).

Perani’s, a Michigan-based specialty sporting goods retailer focused on hockey and lacrosse, will sponsor the youth hockey pregame and intermission skates during all Red Wings home games through the 2016-17 season. In addition, Perani’s will sponsor several youth hockey initiatives around the state of Michigan with the Red Wings and the LCAHL, including the Red Wings Youth Hockey Camp which took place on Aug. 11-13 at Joe Louis Arena.

Coined “The Toystore for the Hockey Player,” Perani’s Hockey World will also provide the more than 11,000 youth players in the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League with a “Players Club Card,” which can be used to receive a discount on purchases at all 23 Perani’s Hockey World locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Perani's is recognized as a leader when it comes to providing the best of the best in hockey gear,” said Brian Beaufait, Director of Little Caesars Amateur Sports. “All of our players from the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League, as well as the AAA Hockey Club, will be able to enjoy the benefits of the great selection Perani's offers, the expertise of their staff and the exclusive discounts offered using the ‘Players Club Card.’ For us, this partnership is a home run.”

“Top to bottom, our company is very excited for this partnership,” said Robert Perani, Co-Owner of Perani’s Hockey World. “Personally, I am humbled that the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars offered this exclusive partnership to our company and brought together three of the most respected names in hockey. We look forward to working with the Red Wings and Little Caesars to help grow our great sport moving forward.”

About Perani’s Hockey World:
Bob Perani’s Hockey World was established in 1976 and is headquartered in Flint, Michigan.  Perani’s Hockey World is a specialty sporting goods retailer focused on hockey and lacrosse with 20 locations across the country and three locations in Canada. With strong growth and expansion plans, Perani’s Hockey World looks to bring their family run business to emerging and existing hockey markets and provide a first rate shopping experience that has made them an industry leader. For more information, please visit http://www.hockeyworld.com

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About Little Caesars Amateur Sports:
Little Caesars Amateur Sports was created to oversee the business operations of the Little Caesars Hockey Program, including the current AAA Hockey Club, Travel Hockey and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL).  Michael and Marian Ilitch, the founders of Little Caesars Pizza, began sponsorship of amateur hockey in the 1960s and started sponsoring the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League in 1978. The league was created to increase the level of competitive play and provide more opportunities for metro Detroit youth hockey players. Today, the league consists of more than 600 travel and house teams with more than 11,000 youth hockey players. Visit http://www.lcahl.pointstreaksites.com or http://www.LittleCaesarsHockey.com for more information.

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