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by George Malik on 12/10/11 at 09:29 PM ET
As mentioned this morning, the Red Wings raised a staggering $17,150 for the Salvation Army during their kettle bell-ringing competition on Friday, and perhaps it should come as no surprise that the most competitive member of the organization won the group-versus-group competition to raise the most money in his kettle, as reported by Wings community relations manager Christy Hammond:
Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock along with Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland reclaimed the team’s annual bell ringing title on Friday evening from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, as the four duos of Red Wings personnel brought in a grand total of $17,150.10 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
During a two-hour span of bell ringing at Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, the players’ bosses raised $7,261 for the non-profit in addition to a $2,500 personal check from Holland. Last year marked the first time in five years of friendly competition that a player duo has brought in more money than Babcock and Holland.
While Abdelkader and Helm improved upon their total from last year by $1,400 and had fans lined up around the building, the players were unable to successfully defend their title. The two forwards came in second with a total of $4,308 raised from 4-6 p.m. at Hockeytown Authentics yesterday.
The other two teams, consisting of Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller as well as Cory Emmerton and Jakub Kindl, collected more than $3,080 for the cause, as fans eagerly donated money to the charity in exchange for a photo and autograph.
The total of $17,150.10 raised by the four tandems for The Salvation Army was a 171 percent increase from last year’s total of $6,330.04. Babcock and Holland saw a 309 percent increase over the $2,389 raised by the duo last season.
That’s nothing less than awesome.
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