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Detroit rink receives lift from Wings, NHL

Clark Park enhancements include donation of a Zamboni and lighting upgrades

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 5:49 PM ET / News
By Andrea Nelson  - Editorial Assistant | DetroitRedWings.com
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Detroit rink receives lift from Wings, NHL
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall was among three Red Wings players who welcomed young players to Clark Park on Monday where the club and NHL announced a new initiative to help with enhancements for the park. (Photo by Andrea Nelson/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – Easton Shaw had been waiting for this moment for an entire year.

The 10-year-old dreamed of playing hockey at Detroit’s Clark Park Coalition Recreation Center, and because of a brand new initiative between the NHL and Detroit Red Wings Foundation to renovate the facility, she’ll be able to skate as often as her heart desires.

“It means that she gets to play,” Easton’s mom Sarah Shaw said of the renovations. “Hockey’s really just in her heart, it’s all she’s ever wanted to do. She’s waited a whole year to be able to come to Clark Park and play. She has trained herself every day outside in the summertime in full hockey gear and roller blades to get ready to come to play here this year so we’re very excited.”

The NHL and Red Wings Foundation, with additional support from DTE Energy, Johnson Controls, and York, funded and spearheaded the donation of resources and materials to Clark Park’s outdoor rink. The effort is part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, an ongoing philanthropic endeavor in which the NHL, the local NHL team and NHL partners support a community organization in the host city as a legacy of an NHL event.

The enhancements to Clark Park include the donation of a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine to replace the facility’s aging 35-year-old machine; lighting upgrades at the rink and parking lot for improved energy efficiency; an upgraded rink refrigeration system; snow removal equipment for its ice hockey and skating programs; a new ice surface and rink boards; new bicycle racks provided by Disenos Ornamental Iron; and sustainability facelifts to its recycling program provided by CleanRiver and NHL Green.

"The Red Wings Foundation is thrilled to be a part of a meaningful initiative like this that gives youth in our community a great place to play hockey, stay healthy and active, and build values like teamwork, respect and integrity," said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings and chairman of Ilitch Charities, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. "It's particularly special to us because Clark Park is just a couple of miles from the Wings' home ice and our players and coaching staff enjoy visiting and engaging with youth hockey players here."

Coach Mike Babcock, defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser and goalie Jimmy Howard were on hand for the announcement, and were thrilled to be part of the effort to give back to the local community and encourage Detroit youth to participate in the game of hockey.

“I think it’s great for the community,” Howard said. “The community does such a great job with supporting us that I think it’s great that us and the Red Wings Foundation are giving back.”

DeKeyser added: “I’ve played around here my whole life and been here so I kind of know what some of the people here have been through. It gives the kids a great spot to come on the weekends or after school and hang out and play some hockey and hopefully grow up into something bigger than that.”

Kronwall and DeKeyser also took part in a clinic with a group of Clark Park youth skaters put on by USA Hockey after the announcement, which put priceless smiles on all of the children’s faces.

“It was a great experience, it was very fun,” Easton said. “I never thought that I’d get to do something like this. I enjoy practicing with the kids. I’m glad that they got a Zamboni and I hope we can come back and play again.”

With the new equipment and renovations donated by the NHL and Red Wings Foundation, Easton, her friends and all of the young hockey players following in their footsteps will have years and years full of opportunities to play their favorite sport in their neighborhood.

“These donations build upon a decade of meaningful partnership and investment by the NHL and Detroit Red Wings into the lives of youth in Southwest Detroit,” said Steve Tobocman, Clark Park Coalition president. “This current investment really paves the way to ensure that hockey can continue to be a critical component of our efforts to reach and develop kids living in poverty in this diverse Detroit community for years to come.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89