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by George Malik on 01/21/13 at 04:36 PM ET
This involves Tomas Holmstrom's retirement:
RED WINGS SCHEDULE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR TUESDAY, 4:30 P.M. AT JOE LOUIS ARENA
The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Olympia Club of Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit’s 2012-13 home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. when the Wings host the Dallas Stars. Only single seats and standing room tickets remain for the home-opener. Tickets to this match and all 24 of Detroit’s home games are currently available for purchase at the JLA Box Office (313-396-7575), all Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) outlets, and online at DetroitRedWings.com.
Update: As the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, the Wings chose to delay the presser for a very specific reason:
The 4:30 p.m timing means current players can watch him say farewell in the media room at Joe Louis Arena, then go prepare for the home opener against Dallas.
Holmstrom, who turns 40 on Wednesday, played 15 seasons for the Wings, excelling at going to the net and helping the team to four Stanley Cups.
"The interesting thing, for me, with Homer is -- not a very good skater but was the quickest guy from the net front to the corner, back to the net front, that I've ever coached," coach Mike Babcock said. "Competed to get to his spot, was a great, great, great teammate, great man. Very, very ultra-competitive. All the best players are ultra-competitive. And found a way to win four Stanley Cup championships and represent his country, play I don't know how many games. Pretty impressive."
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