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Talking With Ray Lane

02/09/2021 at 1:41pm EST

from Bill Dow at the Detroit Free Press,

As part of his series on former Detroit sports figures, Bill Dow caught up with former longtime Detroit sports broadcaster Ray Lane who celebrated his 91st birthday on Tuesday....

Working Red Wings games for 16 years

“It was great being a part of the team with Mickey Redmond and Dave Strader and I enjoyed interviewing the players. Hockey was my second-favorite sport. When the Wings won that first Cup in ’97 after 42 years, I remember getting to the ice right away to do the interviews and then going into the locker room which was absolute pandemonium. I didn’t realize that CBC had exclusive rights for the first interviews, so I mistakenly had scooped them. It wasn’t easy doing interviews with champagne in your eyes because they are burning like hell and you have to keep them open. It was crazy and cramped in there because the players had let other non-media people come in to celebrate. I remember Chris Osgood and Darren McCarty had trouble lighting their cigars so I cut them and lit them. From them on, the players called me 'Razor.' I had a lot of fun working those Red Wing games.”

much more on Ray Lane...

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