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March 21st, 2017              

Thanks to Tara's willingness to stand in line at the Meijer store near her work after a long day, we were able to secure four passes to the Fan Day at Joe Louis Arena. Of course there was no way that we would be able to go as a family with only four passes, but it wouldn't have mattered much anyway, as the kids had activities going on anyway. The passes were mostly for our hockey lover Drew anyway, and as it was he was going to be missing a hockey tryout to attend the festivities in Detroit. Tyler and I wound up joining him for the experience as well, making for a fun boys night in the city.


Detroit Red Wings - Joe Louis Arena Fan Day

The famous steps to Joe Louis Arena, decorated for the final season at "The Joe".

Drew standing in front of the Joe Louis Arena steps.

Another shot of Drew in front of the steps.

Drew posing with the Gordie Howe statue inside the arena.

Center ice at Joe Louis Arena.

The scoreboard welcomed us to Fan Day.

This lucky little kid got a chance to shoot on a very tall goalie!

Drew got to face a kid closer to his own size in net.

Drew giving his best hockey face while posing with the Gordie Howe banner.

Drew posing with the only banner that the Detroit Red Wings won in his lifetime.

Deep inside Joe Louis, in the tunnels headed to the locker room, hangs the street sign for the old Olympia Stadium.

The Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League logo is painted on the walls inside the building too.

Drew found Tara's favorite ex-Red Wing - Brendan Shanahan - painted on the wall.

Looking at the entrance hallway to the Detroit Red Wings locker room...

...including the team name above the doorway.

The Steve Yzerman plaque on the hallway wall...

..along with a Terry Sawchuk plaque, among many others.

Some of the players sticks lined up along the wall.

A look at the lockers of team captain Henrik Zetterberg as well as that of Frans Nielsen.

A look at more of the players lockers.

The Detroit Red Wings logo on the locker room floor.

The goalie lockers are a touch bigger, and even includes one for former Red Wing Terry Sawchuk.

The sign over the doorway leaving the locker room.

Drew posing with the Olympia Stadium sign.

Drew playing a game on the concourse...

...and clearing all but two of the squares.

Some of the historic Red Wings memorabilia.

Drew posing with a few of the NHL's trophies.

A bit blurry, but Mickey Redmond was in the house signing autographs!

Tyler and Drew playing a game of Box Hockey.

Another shot of Tyler and Drew playing Box Hockey.

Drew and Tyler posing for a picture together.

A look at the Detroit Red Wings bench.

The Joe Louis Arena sign in the arena...

...Home of the Detroit Red Wings.

Some of the banners hanging in the rafters (the rest were on the concourse for pictures).

Some of the retired jersey numbers hanging in the rafters (Gordie Howe's #9 was hanging in the concourse for pictures).

More Red Wings banners hanging in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena.

More banners hanging overhead.

Another Red Wings alumnus signing autographs.

Some of the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship banners.

Drew doing his best to get a high speed on his slap shot.

Drew taking another slap shot...

...and following through.

His best speed ended up being 49mph.


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