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Soup Kitchen benefits from Red Wings open practice

Monday, 02.13.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Soup Kitchen benefits from Red Wings open practice
By Gray Wade

So far this season, the Detroit Red Wings delivered. So it's not surprising that like the U.S. Post Office, several thousand Red Wings fans came through snow and wind to attend the team's Feb. 11 open skate despite the wintry weather.

Tomas Holmstrom tosses a puck up to the fans after practice on Feb. 11
"When I stepped on the ice, I thought it was a game warmup,"
Red Wings defenseman Jason Woolley said. "It's great for the fans. And the food kitchen is a great cause."

Each fan in attendance brought at least three non-perishable items that the Red Wings will donate to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Harold Rush, who brought his son Justin with him, found out about the event the night before and hustled to get to Joe Louis Arena before 9 a.m.

"It was kind of a rush to get down there," Rush said. "We were maybe 20 back from the front of the line. There were a lot of die hard fans out there."

He said he'd been a fan since he was a kid, and this season's team impresses him.
                                                                                                           
"We've got wheels. We've got strength. We've got sticks," he said. "We're going somewhere, definitely."

Many fans, like Bill Wilson, who identified the Red Wings players to his 8-year-old son Christian, never had the opportunity to see a practice before. For others, the skate offered a different perspective.

"We have season tickets in section 212," David Chavez said,who made it to the season ticketholders list this year after a nine-year wait. "This is a new view."

He brought his son, David, and two friends, Grant McLellan and Joel Frazee, and found spots close to the glass.

Prior to the skate, Ken Kal drew winners for memorabilia such as photos, pucks and t-shirts and tickets to the upcoming alumni game. Five lucky grand prize winners were allowed on the ice to get their pictures taken with a Red Wing after practice.

Chris Osgood, Manny Legace, Kirk Maltby Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg posed for pictures with the winners then stayed and signed autographs for many of the fans in attendance. Before the players hit the ice, Mickey Redmond gave the fans a preview of the practice, explaining some of the drills the players would run through in preparation of the final game before the team's Olympic break.

Stephanie Osgood, Angelica Barnes and Rene Osgood came decked out in their Red Wings jerseys never had an opportunity to see a practice

"It's the Red Wings, and it's for charity, so it's a no-brainer," Osgood (no relation to Chris) said.

All of the fans enjoyed the practice.

"We're going about our business, but I think they think we're putting on a show," Woolley smiled. "That's all that matters."

Community relations manager Anne Marie Krappman said the team hopes to hold more open skates, but it's tough with the scheduling.

"We want to do it on the weekends so kids can come," she explained. "The Red Wings want to be accessible to the fans."

The Red Wings hope that open skates can become at least an annual event, but ultimately, it depends on how the National Hockey League draws up the schedule.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80