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Player Initiatives & Charities

The Detroit Red Wings' players, coaching staff, management and broadcasters volunteered more than 1,000 hours in the community during the 2011-12 season. In addition to the annual team events in the community, which include the holiday visit to Children's Hospital of Michigan, the Toast of Hockeytown wine-tasting gala, and the Detroit Economic Club luncheon, individual players dedicate their time to making a difference in the Metro Detroit community and beyond.


Red Wings for Reading
Forward Justin Abdelkader read The Little Engine That Could to 55 second graders at Wick Elementary in Romulus, Mich., in March 2013 as part of National Reading Month. Wick Elementary won the opportunity for Abdelkader to come read at their school by submitting the most reading contest entries as part of the Red Wings for Reading program. One lucky student who submits an entry is invited to each Red Wings home game courtesy of Abdelkader.


Coach's Visits
Head coach Mike Babcock hosts a patient from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and his/her guardian before all regular-season home games. In each visit, the child meets with Coach about an hour and a half before the puck drops to start the game. His guest also receives a goody bag full of giveaway items and watches the game from Coach’s seats in the handicap-accessible row of the lower bowl. Coach has hosted over 240 visits since he started coaching the Wings in 2005-06.


Defeat the Label
Five players on the current roster (Dan Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Fippula, Jimmy Howard and Henrik Zetterberg) and a recently retired player (Kris Draper) all shot PSAs in 2012 for Defeat the Label, which is a non-profit in Metro Detroit that promotes a bully-free society without social labels and stereotypes.


Arthritis Foundation
Goaltender Jimmy Howard has been tabbed as event co-chair for the Arthritis Foundation's annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk event two years in a row, shooting a 30-second PSA for the non-profit with FOX 2 in 2010 and 2011. In June 2010, Howard participated in the NHL's charity poker tournament. Thanks to his poker skills, Howard raised $10,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. In March 2012, Howard did an autograph signing for charity and raised over $2,800 for the Arthritis Foundation, which will pay for five kids to attend Camp Dakota (a camp for kids with arthritis). The autograph signing also raised over $2,800 for Operation: Kid Equip, enabling them to pay for one semi truck shipment full of school supplies.


Autism Alliance of Michigan
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall partners with the Autism Alliance of Michigan to host a family at every Red Wings home game during the 2012-13 regular season. Kronwall donates four lower bowl tickets, four meal vouchers and a goody bag with an autographed photo inside to each child in the family.


Zetterberg Foundation
Captain Henrik Zetterberg and his wife Emma host patients and their families from local children's charities at each home game during the regular season in their Zetterberg Foundation Suite. Guests receive free suite tickets to the game with pizza and beverages provided and the patients also receive special goody bags. The Zetterbergs hosted 430 guests, including 84 patients, during the 2011-12 season.

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