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HockeyFest 2009 Excites

Fans able to spend time with their Hockeytown heroes

Monday, 08.31.2009 / 1:39 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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To kick off the 2009-10 NHL season, the Red Wings threw a party.

The Wings with supporting partners Coke, FS Detroit, and 97.1 The Ticket, opened the doors to Joe Louis Arena at 3 p.m. on Friday to begin HockeyFest 2009, a two-day event to get fans ready for another run at a Stanley Cup championship. 

The Joe Louis Arena ice surface was transformed into the central hub of HockeyFest ‘09, the area filled with games, mini ice rinks, Wings’ game-worn equipment and memorabilia, and two stages, complete with a DJ and live entertainment at the end of each night.
 
But the main attraction was the players themselves.  Captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom, and new member Jason Williams arrived on Friday.  Williams was welcomed back to Hockeytown with a thunderous roar from the crowd when he was introduced.  The foursome participated in the various games with fans, signed autographs, and answered questions in fan forums.



“You never know what kind of questions you’re going to get, but it was fun,” Lidstrom said.  “To interact with the fans and being close to the fans again when you’ve been gone all summer, it was a fun time here.”

Holmstrom didn’t shy away from any of the questions asked by the Wings’ loyal fans.  The rugged winger loved answering questions about the abuse he takes in front of the net, how he feels about some of the Wings’ opponents, and anything else the fans could come up with.  While Holmstrom admitted he doesn’t have a lot of public speaking practice, he said the event was easy to handle because he was honest with his fans.

“It’s not that hard,” the man affectionately known as ‘Homer’ said.  “You just answer the question, talk and be honest and have fun.  Time goes by faster too when I have fun with the crowd.”

Dan Cleary joined Draper and Williams Saturday, and some legendary names in Detroit hockey history as well. Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland, Vice President Steve Yzerman, Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jim Nill, and PA Announcer Budd Lynch were on hand to speak with Wings fans throughout the day.



There were a variety of games for fans to take part in over the weekend.  Kids got to choose some of the classics, like mini-stick hockey or bubble hockey.  Fans tested their shooting skills, with stations set up to measure shot speed or accuracy.  Score-o, the game played between periods at Red Wings games, was set up in one end, and people who scored received prizes. To top it off, kids laced up their roller skates to take part in a real hockey game.

Other features at HockeyFest 2009 included photo opportunities with Al the Octopus and the Miller Lite Zamboni, displays about the evolution of hockey equipment and Red Wings history, and Red Wing alumni autograph sessions. Friday’s alumni guests were former goaltender Eddie Mio and winger Brent Fedyk.

Red Wings radio announcer Ken Kal, who hosted the fan forum with Lidstrom and Holmstrom, said HockeyFest is a great event for the Hockeytown faithful.

“It gets you ready for the National Hockey League season and the Red Wings season,” Kal said.  “And what I really like is the fact that the fans can do all the interactive stuff at ice level, and then they get an opportunity throughout the day to talk to their favorite Red Wing heroes.  So I think its great for the fans to be up front close and personal with their heroes here at Hockeytown.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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