The Detroit Red Wings Alumni drew a full house to the Summit for their game against the Grand Ledge-Waverly alumni, and the raucous crowd saw a goal-filled exhibition featuring some familiar names.
Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond drew the biggest ovation, and he stood out as the only player not wearing a helmet. He also assisted on one of the Red Wing goals.
Steve Rhodabeck, wearing a Kris Draper Red Wings jersey, brought his sons Hayden, 9, and Ashton, 11, for one reason.
“To see some good hockey,” he said. “I was hoping to see Draper, my favorite, but it was really cool to see Mickey Redmond and some of the other guys. It’s definitely a good time.”
Ashton, holding a puck with a fresh Redmond autograph, said that he also was having fun, although he was somewhat less familiar with the former Wings on display than the current team.
“I’ve heard of the guy who signed this,” he said.
The Red Wings Alumni won the game 8-4, but it was a defeat without agony for former Comet-Warrior Evan Olds, who scored two of his team’s four goals — both assisted by his older brother Ethan.
Evan Olds, who was the 2009 Lansing State Journal Player of the Year, called the game his greatest moment in hockey.
“I had a smile on my face the whole time out there,” he said. “Just being out there with people who accomplished so much was a major thrill. I was kind of speechless.”
Brad Arnold and Caleb Gober also scored for Grand Ledge-Waverly.
Wayne Presley and former MSU player Rem Murray each scored twice for the Wings, and Dan Newman and Dennis Hextall each had a goal, as did Kevin Barnas and Todd Young — former GL-W players who played for the Wings alumni as “Local Honorary Players.”
Grand Ledge-Waverly coach Brian Clifford said the game served as an exclamation point for the history of the Grand Ledge-Waverly program. The team changed to Grand Ledge-Fowlerville this season.
“This was just a great event,” Clifford said. “I’m so happy that the people in and around Lansing came out and supported it, and I know the kids had a great time.”