The Malik Report
by George Malik on 08/17/11 at 03:08 PM ET
Updated 3x w/ even more stuff at 3:51 PM: As an FYI, from Red Wings senior director of communications John Hahn...
Single game tickets on sale Sept. 1
Wings and fans look for more great excitement at The Joe
DETROIT—An electric Joe Louis Arena crowd saw the Detroit Red Wings force a Game 7 vs. San Jose in the final home game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was described by fans as the “loudest and most energetic game ever” and fans can lock in the chance to continue that excitement on Sept. 1st when single-game tickets to every Wings home game in 2011-12 go on sale.
The record 24 fan-friendly games scheduled for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, a pair of home games vs. the Sharks, matchups vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, former Michigan State goaltender Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, and Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman’s Eastern Conference-finalist Tampa Bay Lightning are all available for fans to select, as are all 12 home games vs. Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis and Columbus as the Wings look to defend their Central Division title.
In addition to the great on-ice matchups available, an incredible list of theme nights and giveaways will be available to all Wings fans throughout the season including: six Bobblehead Thursdays featuring Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and more; the Red Wings honor our armed forces throughout the season with Military Monday’s and a special Veteran’s Day celebration on Nov. 11 that include a Red Wings/Military dog tag giveaway sponsored by 3-Dimensional Services Group; Two-fer Tuesday’s with great Two-fer deals for fans on merchandise and concessions; and Meijer Kids’ Days with giveaways of Red Wings lunch boxes, hockey puck banks, superhero capes and more.
Fans can still lock in the great savings below box office pricing by becoming a Red Wings season-ticket holder. Full season ticket packages as well as 10 and 20 Game Plans are currently available. These plans allow Wings fans to take advantage of the many benefits of becoming a Red Wings season ticket holder including a New Ticket Trade Program, increased savings off Box Office prices, bonus tickets to select regular-season home games, private presales, exclusive team events and more! Contact the Red Wings Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575 or visit DetroitRedWings.com
The single game tickets for the entire 2011-12 season go on sale beginning at Noon on Sept. 1st at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, all TicketMaster locations including The Hockeytown Café, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans also can purchase tickets via the web by visiting DetroitRedWings.com.
According to the Wings’ Twitter account, signing up for email and/or text message news from the Wings will give fans access to a pre-sale.
Update: Also of Wings-related note this afternoon:
• Via RedWingsFeed and The Score’s Rick Moldovanyi, Steve Yzerman’s been officially introduced via video as an “Legend” for EA Sports’ NHL 12 game, and Jeremy Roenick and Patrick Roy will be featured as well (Atrick can fight, too)...
That leaves two more “legends” to be revealed, and they haven’t included Ranger, Flyer or Canadien yet;
• Also in the promotional vein, the partially-Wings-sponsored world’s biggest dodgeball event is still taking place on Saturday, as noted by ClickonDetroit.com, and the Griffins are giving bike helmets away at the 2011 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Kids’ Race on Saturday as well;
• Via both the Wings and Lucian Boar, a.k.a. Booyackasha on Twitter, Tomas Holmstrom’s working out at Novi Ice Arena;
• And Jake Duhaime posted a list of issues which the Wings plan on addressing terms of social media and web content, addressing fans’ suggestions for improvement:
More Contests and Autographed Memorabilia: Yes! Yes! YES! YES! YES! This is absolutely in the pipeline. We’ve spent a good chunk of the offseason working with our corporate partners on building unique, interactive experiences and contests for our fans with some AMAZING perks for you!
Highlights: Last season, we decided to utilize Red Wings TV for locker room reaction after games. In 2011-12, the social media team will start posting highlights the morning after a Red Wings victory.
Get the players to start Tweeting: Mike Commodore (@Commie22) should provide a new perspective for fans during the 2011-12 season. That being said, we understand that worthwhile follows on Twitter are not force fed, but organically grown. The hope is that others will see the positive nature of Commodore’s interactions and start to Tweet on their own.
Follow DRW players, alumni and prospects on Twitter here.
More behind the scenes: Fans loved seeing the behind the scenes experience captured on HBO’s Penguins – Capitals 24/7, and we understand the need for this type of content. Being able to watch Sidney Crosby interact with teammates over PSP on the team plane was something that stood out. It was also something I was able to see on Red Bird II, as Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood would go toe-to-toe on Tiger Woods for XBOX360. The hope is that as my relationships with our players evolve, this content will naturally get better.
Promote online feeds: Yahoo and VERSUS did a good job at providing out-of-market feeds for U.S. fans through their ‘Game of the Night’ in 2010-11. We know this doesn’t satisfy everyone, especially those local fans that don’t have cable. While we encourage fans to find the game by any means necessary, we’ve got to stay hush-hush on feeds that aren’t exactly legal. That being said, 97.1 FM does stream all of the games on radio with Ken Kal and Paul Woods, who both do an outstanding job on the broadcast.
Posts from the players: We’ll see if Danny Cleary’s bobblehead campaigning sparks a bevy of Facebook posts from members of your Detroit Red Wings. It was very cool on this end to see him promote the page on Mojo in the Morning and on Red Wings TV.
Update #2: Per Sportsnet’s Mike Brophy:
LAST CHANCE: Fabian Brunnstrom made a dream-like NHL debut two years ago with the Dallas Stars when he recorded a hat trick, including the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators, in his first game. In fact, he scored a fourth goal that was waved off that he insists went in before the whistle sounded.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old Swede who had teams tripping over one another to sign him as a free agent a few summers back despite the fact he had been overlooked in the NHL draft, has not been the scoring star the Stars thought they were getting. Brunnstrom scored a respectable 17 goals and 29 points in 55 games with Dallas in 2008-09, but slipped to two goals and 11 points in 44 games the following season.
He spent last year playing in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies and now has signed a tryout deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He had four goals and 14 points in 35 games with the Marlies. I don’t like his chances of making the Red Wings.
Update #3: Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Chris Chelios, Ken Daniels, Ken Kal, Mickey Redmond, Larry Murphy, Dave Coulier, Al Kaline, Dave Rozema, all of ‘em took part in the Ilitch Charities’ golf classic this past Monday:
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