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Red Wings TV depicts DeKeyser’s wild ride

I'll continue to update the "Captain's Practice" post with post-locker room scrum interviews, but I'm an aviation geek, and I believe that this video from the Red Wings (via RedWingsFeed) merits its own entry as it both depicts Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels and some of the projects and initiatives taking place at Selfridge Air National Guard Base:

Update: The Red Wings posted a photo gallery from Dan Mannes and an Alex DiFillipo-penned article depicting DeKeyser's flight and visit to Selfridge:

Prior to taking flight, DeKeyser took part in a briefing to master the proper breathing techniques and learn more about the F/A-18 Hornet, which is capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 1,400 miles per hour.

Following the briefing, DeKeyser received a tour of Selfridge, with stops at several hangers to view several different aircrafts and meet their crews. The Red Wings defenseman had an opportunity to visit the robotics teams and test some of the newest technology.

“I’ve loved the Red Wings since I was a little kid,” said David VanCoillie, a logistics management specialist in the U.S. Army. “Having any representative come by is exciting, especially Danny who I think is a top-notch talent in the entire league. It was a real treat to hear that he was coming.”

Despite light rain showers throughout the afternoon, DeKeyser’s 40-minute flight went off as planned and the Red Wings blueliner wrapped up the afternoon by signing several autographs and posing for photos with the servicemen in attendance.

“You don’t get an opportunity to do something like this too often,” said DeKeyser of the Blue Angels, which are in town for the Selfridge Open House and Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. “I realize what these guys do and the stuff they train for is pretty crazy. It’s a new respect.”

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