The Red Wings’ Warrior Hockey gear-wearing players gave new Warrior gear to the Motor City Stars hockey team (a team for players with disabilities) as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month, as chronicled by WXYZ…
In conjunction with the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, the Red Wings launched their numerous activities celebrating Hockey is for Everyone Month on Wednesday by hosting the Stars players, their parents, family, friends and coaching staff to a day they’ll never forget at the BELFOR Training Center.
The festivities began with the Stars watching the Wings practice and culminated with the team skating on the practice ice where many of the players showed off their on-ice skills.
But it was what occurred between the Wings practice and the Stars’ on-ice experience that made everyone’s day.
As the players were awestruck meeting the Wings, Abdelkader escorted the Stars into an adjoining locker room where the team was surprised with $12,000 worth of new hockey equipment donated by Michigan-based Warrior Hockey. Not only were the Stars overwhelmed at this point, their reaction touched the Red Wings players.
“This is awesome,” Zetterberg said. “What the Wings are doing with Warrior and the league, especially this month with Hockey is for Everyone, meeting these guys, to have them come down here to watch a practice and to see them pick out their own sticks and see them skating around, flying around here right now, it’s awesome for the players to be part of it.”