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by George Malik on 01/17/13 at 06:04 PM ET
After losing Budd Lynch last fall, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff reports that the Red Wings' organization will say its final farewells to another beloved member of their organization:
Windsor’s Joe Ducharme was a cult hero to hockey fight tape junkies.
Back in the mid-1980s when working with video was something new to NHL teams, Ducharme served as video coordinator for the Detroit Red Wings, making him the only person with access to VHS footage of Joe Kocur and Windsor’s Bob Probert when the Bruise Brothers were the heavyweight champions of hockey.
Ducharme, who died Sunday at the age of 90, worked for the Red Wings from 1970-2004 and during his work as video coordinator for the club received Stanley Cup rings from the team for his work with Detroit’s championship squads in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2001-02, and the father of six children suggested that was one ring for each of his three sons.
“He really enjoyed his work with the Red Wings, but he kept to himself about it,” said his daughter Mary Ann Pearce. “It was something he ever bragged about.”
Ducharme was a good friend of Red Wings executive Jimmy Skinner and in 1970, Skinner brought him into the fold as team cameraman. Ducharme would film each of Detroit’s home games at Olympia Stadium on a Sony reel-to-reel camera.
As technology evolved and VCRs came into vogue, Ducharme’s role changed dramatically. He was set up in an office in the dressing room next to the coach’s office in Joe Louis Arena, where he’d work with the coaches breaking down video between periods so that they could show specific footage to the players before they took to the ice for the next period.
“The players would often ask him to put together tapes of their goals so that they could show them to their kids and my dad always obliged,” Pearce said.
Visitation at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home will be held Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral mass at Most Precious Blood Church.
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