Detroit Red Wings
RedWingsSeasonTickets.com Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Red Wings remember Ernie Harwell

Legendary broadcaster served Tigers, fans for 42 years

Thursday, 05.6.2010 / 2:57 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
X
Share with your Friends


Red Wings remember Ernie Harwell
In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support!
DETROIT – Having grown-up in Michigan, Red Wings forwards Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader each spoke glowingly about legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died on Tuesday following a nearly year-long battle with cancer. He was 92.

“He did so many great things for the game and for the fans, and he was also a song writer, which I didn’t know that,” said Miller, who grew-up in East Lansing. “He had a pretty interesting history. It’s a pretty tough loss for the Tigers.”

Harwell enjoyed one of the longest broadcasting runs with one Major League Baseball club, doing Tigers play-by-play – predominantly on radio – for 42 years. He will be forever remembered by generations of Michiganders for his Southern charm and warm personality.

Growing-up in Muskegon, which is closer to Lake Michigan than the corner of Michigan & Trumbull – made famous by Harwell – Wings forward Justin Abdelkader respected the acclaimed broadcaster and understands the powerful memories that will resonate with fans.

“He left a great mark on Detroit and the city and did a wonderful job for the Tigers for so many years,” Abdelkader said.

As a youngster growing up in Guelph, Ontario, Wings forward Kirk Maltby enjoyed baseball during the summer months, though he admits to being a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays back then.

Maltby was traded to the Red Wings two-weeks prior to the start of the Tigers 1996 season, and while he never met Harwell, listening to his Southern cadence and short whimsical calls for many years was special, Maltby said.

“I had the privilege to hear him call enough games since I’ve been here,” he said. “There aren’t too many better voices and from what I could tell – hearing and listening to people – there weren’t too many greater people then him.

“He didn’t just contribute to the baseball world, I think as a human-being he was a great person and he’ll be remembered for a long, long time.”

While baseball has its ebbs and flows throughout a nine-inning episode, Maltby appreciated Harwell’s engaging ability to hook listens from the first pitch to the last out.

“Baseball isn’t the fastest game in the world,” Maltby said, “and I think when you have a guy like him to call a game I think he kept a lot of people glued to the game.”

Hockey hall-of-famer Ted Lindsay, who made his permanent home in suburban Detroit after his playing career ended in 1965, often crossed paths with Harwell on the local banquet or charity events circuit over the decades.

“He was always a gentleman, a class person in his profession, and it’s a tremendous loss,” Lindsay said. “But I heard him when he gave his eulogy to himself. He was a good Christian man. He knew what was coming and he was ready for it. That’s one hell of a man as far as I’m concerned.”



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80