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Red Wings' Quincey loves Mile High living

Friday, 04.5.2013 / 5:50 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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Kyle Quincey
Defense - DET
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 2
SOG: 30 | +/-: 8
DENVERKyle Quincey has spent the last four summers living, training and enjoying the outdoor sports that only Colorado can provide.

“Just a great place for me to train,” he said. “You're at altitude all the time. I'm big into outdoor sports. The best thing about it is it's sunny every day, you can't beat that.”

But tonight will mark the first time that the veteran defenseman has played an NHL game in Denver since he was traded to Detroit by the Avalanche as part of a three-team deal on Feb. 21, 2012.

“The hardest thing about the trade was (leaving) the guys in the dressing room,” he said. “They have a great group of guys there, my closest friends. Good to see them. I make my home in Denver, so I'll have a lot of friends there outside of hockey. It'll be good to see them again. I had a lot of good memories there, making the playoffs, so it's good to go back there.”

Quincey received a lot of ticket requests for tonight’s game, which, he said, is compounded by it being a Friday night game and the fact that the Colorado Rockies are also playing their first baseball game of the new season in Denver.

“It's Opening Day, big day in Denver,” Quincey said. “People going to the Rockies game will then go to the Wings game. … Hopefully I get enough tickets for all the people.”

Tonight will also be Quincey’s return to the Red Wings’ lineup since being struck on the right side of the head by a puck in Edmonton on March 15. A X-ray later showed that he had several small facial fractures that didn’t need surgery to repair. However, as a precaution he must wear a full face-cage because he still is experience from numbness in his face.

“Don't feel teeth, gums, lips,” said Quincey as he pointed to the right side of his face. “That's just the one issue, but it doesn't affect me on the ice. I'm eating softer foods, not the hard stuff. Good for the diet.

“Hopefully by playoff time I won't have to worry about it and can take this cage off.”

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