Red Wings’ community tour visits Flint Fire Department, donates $5,000 to Flint Inner City Youth Hockey program

Updated at 1:22 PM: The Detroit Red Wings’ community tour stopped in Flint today, and WJRT ABC 12 has a report regarding the Wings’ activities:

Some Detroit Red Wings faced off against Flint firefighters Tuesday in a street hockey playoff.

Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, and Tyler Bertuzzi visited the fire department as part of the Hockeytown Cares Community Tour.

“What the Flint Fire Department has here is pretty special and made us feel at home,” Larkin said.

The Red Wings also toured the central fire station on East Fifth Street with Flint firefighter Rico Phillips, who received the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award this year.

“To come here and meet all these firefighters, they risk their lives every day for us and it’s nice to meet them,” Bertuzzi said.

The four Red Wing stars also brought a $5,000 donation with them for the Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program, which Phillips manages.

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Update: MLive’s Roberto Acosta and Caitlyn French weigh in:

Four Detroit Red Wings players made stops in Flint and Bay City on their way to training camp in Traverse City later this week.

In Flint, forwards Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha were taken on a tour Tuesday morning of Flint Fire Station No. 1.

The Wings got a chance to go up on the department’s new ladder truck and engage in a friendly, yet competitive street hockey game.

“I’m sweating hard from that,” said Bertuzzi, flashing a smile.

The visits in Flint and the St. Laurent Brothers in Bay City came as part of the team’s Hockeytown Cares Community Tour.

“It’s good for the Red Wings and the Michigan community,” Bertuzzi said. “To come here and meet all these firefighters; they work so hard every day for us. It’s nice to meet them.”


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