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by George Malik on 03/08/13 at 08:09 AM ET
Winging it in Motown's Josh Howard promoted an event in which the Red Wings Alumni Association will play a group of amateurs representing the Well Church in Brighton, Michigan this Saturday at 6:30 PM (conveniently taking place after the Wings-Blue Jackets game, which starts at 2 PM), and the Daily Press & Argus's Tim Robinson spoke to one of the event's organizers about the game--and the fact that three NHL trophies will be in attendance as well:
"It's pretty lighthearted," said Scott DesAutel, one of the organizers, and players, in the event. "It'll be a lot of fun. It's almost like the Harlem Globetrotters."
In the past, notable Wings alumni have included Joe Kocur and Mickey Redmond, although neither is available this weekend. The game will be played in two 20-minute periods, with fans having the chance to get autographs from the alumni and have their pictures taken with the Calder, Norris and Lady Byng trophies and get a 4-by-6 inch photo printed to mark the occasion.
"Our motto is, 'It's much more than a hockey game,'" DesAutel said. "We try to stress that. We have 17 players on our team who enjoy playing hockey and coming together as a group, but we want to use our love for our community in a positive manner. We stress healing the people around us, and that's what the game is really about, more than just our going out there and playing."
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. A VIP dinner and auction after the game will be held at American Spirit Centre, on Grand River in Brighton. Tickets for the auction-dinner are $40 and are available online at www.thewellmi.com.
DesAutel's hoping to have a bigger piece of hardware visit the rink next year:
"We're on a waiting list with the Hockey Hall of Fame for the Stanley Cup," he said. "If all goes well, maybe next year."
As for the Red Wings, DesAutel says he'll know who's going to play when the ex-players arrive.
"We're never sure who's going to make it back every year," he said. "But we do have a good time."
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