Sadly, the Detroit Red Wings will probably not play this season, but local hockey fans will have a chance to see the next best thing, when the Red Wings Alumni team takes on the Grand Ledge-Waverly Alumni at the Summit on Jan. 12, 2013.
The names of the former Red Wing players committed to play in the game had not yet been determined, but the team’s roster includes such familiar names as Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Darren McCarty, Petr Klima and MSU alumni Kevin Miller and Jason Wooley.
The game will feature players from all 10 years of GL-W coach Brian Clifford’s tenure with the team, now known as Grand Ledge-Fowlerville, including former Lansing State Journal Players of the Year Robbie Jaglowski, Evan Olds and Austin Hull.
“I have kids who are grown up, they’re married and have kids,” Clifford said. “At this point, I have nine kids from the first team I coached that we keep in contact with and still come to games. It’s really special for me to get all of them back.”
Clifford said that an alumni game is an annual event for his program, but this is something a bit more special than the normal intra-squad game.
“I’ve wanted to do one of these for years and years and years,” he said. “Now, in my 10th year of coaching, I figured we’d have a lot of alumni and make it a fun event. The NHL is off, so I thought that this would be a good time to put the game on for the fans and our alumni, and have some fun.”
Tickets are $10 for all ages, with VIP passes for $50 which include a game ticket, a meet-and-greet with the Red Wings players after the game, autographs and photo ops and food and beverages. VIP tickets are for fans 21 and over only.
Tickets are available at the Grand Ledge High School athletic office and at all Grand Ledge-Fowlerville home games, and may be ordered online at the team’s website, cgvarsityhockey.com.
“The kids are looking forward to it,” Clifford said. “It’s something fun and special, and something that they may not ever get to do again.”