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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 Quicken Loans Budd Lynch Veterans Suite. Defenseman Ian White invites one military member plus a guest to each home game during the regular season through his White's Warriors program. In addition, the team holds a Military Appreciation Night at a home game each season.

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.

On April 24, 2012, forward Justin Abdelkader oversaw the swearing in of US Navy Chief Petty Officer Aron Mazurek, who was joined by family, in a re-enlistment ceremony on the ice of Joe Louis Arena.

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.

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!

In early 2011, the Red Wings sent a team flag to a unit serving in Iraq to help boost morale. The flag flew underneath the American flag at the entrance to their base. Between all the Wings fans at the base and the team flag, the soldiers started calling their base Hockeytown, Iraq!

Starting in January 2011, the Red Wings players joined forces with Canadian Club to raise funds for the USO. For every Red Wings' goal scored at Joe Louis Arena, the two parties each donated $50 to the USO. At the end of the season, the American players and representatives from Canadian Club presented two checks totaling $10,000 to the USO in a pre-game, on-ice check presentation held on March 30th.

On March 23, 2011, Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch hosted U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Dr. Joseph Westphal, and eight wounded soldiers as part of the Army Wounded Warrior Program. The guests enjoyed the game from the comforts of the Ilitch's suite.


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