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More Reasons to Dislike Detroit

01/09/2007 at 5:36pm EST
Need yet another reason to thank God every day that you're not a Detroit Red Wings fan? (I mean, besides Kirk Maltby?) Kukla's Korner member -- and Detroit Free Press journalist -- Bernie Czarniecki submitted this excellent article about the current ownership's record of snubbing hockey legend Larry Aurie.I knew nothing about this history before reading this piece, and I'm betting that many others are ignorant of it as well:
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch celebrated the storied, magnificent career of his long-time All-Star captain and center Steve Yzerman by retiring his jersey number 19, hanging it high into the rafters of Joe Louis Arena.But as Ilitch celebrated the career of Yzerman with a spectacular ceremony, he simultaneously and purposefully desecrated the career of one of the Detroit’s earliest and true hockey heroes – right wing Larry Aurie.

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