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Support Our Troops

The Detroit Red Wings support the U.S. military in a variety of ways ranging from sending care packages to soldiers serving overseas to hosting 20 military members each home game in our Powerhouse Gym Budd Lynch Veterans Suite. The Red Wings hold a Military Appreciation Night at a home game each season and host a Military Welcome, presented by Applebee’s, to recognize servicemen and women in attendance at all Red Wings home games. During the 2013-14 season, the Red Wings welcomed more than 115 military members to The Joe.


As seen in the photo above, the Red Wings donated a full set of street hockey equipment to the Gamberi 18 platoon serving in Afghanistan. Prior to receiving the equipment, the unit had been improvising, using big sticks and metal pipes to play their weekly hockey game. Now, the soldiers can play their game each week with proper hockey equipment and it has been a boost to the unit's morale. To read more about this, visit the article by clicking here.

The Red Wings made stops at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Twp., and at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Grand Haven during the team’s annual Community Tour prior to the 2013-14 season. At Selfridge, Danny DeKeyser, Patrick Eaves, Cory Emmerton and Jimmy Howard visited 275 military members, while Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Drew Miller and Stephen Weiss met with 22 Coast Guard members and rode a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.

The Red Wings hosted an outdoor hockey game at Comerica Park during the Hockeytown Winter Festival between the Disabled American Veterans, sponsored by USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, and the Canadian Armed Forces Soldier Hockey Team on Dec. 16, 2013. All players on both teams were military veterans who had sustained visible or invisible injuries, such as limb amputation or traumatic brain injury during their time in service. The two teams also attended the Red Wings game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 15 and toured the Red Wings locker room following the game. 


For the second-straight year, the Red Wings hosted a Legendary Linemates game, presented by Bud Light, at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings invited local military servicemen to The Joe for what they expected to be a normal pickup game. However, Red Wings greats Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Mickey Redmond and Brent Fedyk surprised the military members and joined in on the game.




The Red Wings have support of troops all over the world. The 1776 Military Police Unit from Taylor sent the Wings this photo of some of their soldiers with the Red Wings' team flag. The unit is serving in Bagram, Afghanistan, and some of the soldiers even managed to watch the Wings playoff games despite the nine-hour time difference!

Forward Justin Abdelkader made a special guest appearance with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on July 20, 2011. Abdelkader accompanied Blue Angel No. 7, Lt. David Tickle, as he demonstrated the skill, power and grace of the F/A-18 Hornet while performing dives, rolls and reaching speeds approaching Mach 1.


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