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Chris Osgood on ‘the Joe’

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Chris Osgood regarding his memories of Joe Louis Arena:

Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood likened Joe Louis Arena to the most famous drinking establishment in television history.

"It's like Cheers," Osgood said. "It's like a corner establishment in your neighborhood, you know everybody's name, everybody knows each other by face recognition. Everybody's friends. Just the closeness of the whole building, from the people behind the scenes that keep this rink up and running to the ushers to everybody that works in the suites upstairs. Real friendly atmosphere and a great place to be.

"Then the game starts and, Wow! It's one of the best places to watch a game and be involved in it. You're not going to get that a lot any more in these newer arenas. From what I hear, Little Caesars Arena will be like that, as close as you can get. It's hard to copy what you got here at Joe Louis."

Osgood racked up more wins at the Joe than anyone else during his 17-year NHL career which included 14 seasons with Detroit. His memories of the building, which is closing this season, are plentiful.

Khan and Osgood continue...

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