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Wakiji on the Red Wings’ new locker room

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned an article discussing the Red Wings' new locker room and training facilities at Little Caesars Arena, and it's a fascinating read both because we learn about the luxuries afforded the Wings' training staff now and because we discover the...improvisations...that Piet Van Zant and Paul Boyer will admit having made at Joe Louis Arena:

The first thing the Red Wings will notice when they enter their new dressing room at Little Caesars Arena is how much more room they have.

The renovated space at Joe Louis Arena was about 5,900 square feet and the new digs are 25,000 square feet.

But unlike at the Joe, the players won't have to move their workouts into the dressing room as the new gym will have more than enough room.

For athletic trainer Piet Van Zant, life at the LCA should be a lot easier.

"Mr. Ilitch, Chris, has been tremendous with giving us the resources to get everything that we need to help our players," Van Zant said. "The job's going to be about the same but we have more tools at our services. "Obviously the gym's a lot bigger so even though that's not technically our space, it allows us to do a more comprehensive rehab. We have more space where we can do activations, where we can do running patterns, where we can do agility patterns. Here (at Joe Louis Arena) it's out in the hall and probably it will be a little more functional for us."

Wakiji continues at length...

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