Red vs. White Game’s linesmen taken aback by NHL speed

The Cadillac News’s Martin Vieau spoke with the gentlemen who were invited to work as linesmen during Sunday’s Red vs. White Game in Traverse City:

“It was very, very, very fast-paced,” [Ryan] Pendrick laughed. “Being a linesman, you know where to be at the other levels. When (the Wings) were coming down the ice and the dumping the puck in, they give you a nod and you stay there. They blister the puck down the ice and it scares the crap out of you.”

[Evan] Kornacki worked a Red Wings event on Friday at Centre Ice, as well, and said the speed is something to behold.

“It took me a couple of minutes to get used to it,” he said. “You just stay where you are and they can put the puck wherever they want. It’s just crazy.”

And, of course, there’s being on the ice with the Red Wings.

“It was kind of a surreal moment for me,” Kornacki said. “I grew up watching them. The fact that I skated with them and with one of my best friends growing up was pretty cool.”


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