Who says hockey lovers can’t get any satisfaction during the NHL lockout? The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association — in association with the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children — are staging a charity hockey game to benefit the family of fallen West Bloomfield police officer Patrick O’Rourke.
It happens at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
Several former NHL players will be competing in this game, including all four ‘Grind Line’ members (Joe Kocur, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper) as well as Hockey Hall of Famers Dino Ciccarelli, Larry Murphy, Igor Larionov and honorary coaches Ted Lindsay and Bill Gadsby.
Other participants will include goaltender Chris Osgood, defenseman Jiri Fischer, left winger John Ogrodnick and Foster Hewitt Memorial Award recipient Mickey Redmond, among others. A team comprised of local law enforcement officers will also be participating in this contest while special guest vocalist Karen Newman will be on hand to sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ prior to puck drop.
In addition to enjoying an entertaining exhibition match featuring some of the most popular players from recent Hockeytown history, attendees of this game will also have the opportunity to bid on game-worn Red Wings Alumni Association jerseys and participate in an evening-long 50-50 raffle.
All proceeds from this event, including $20 general admission game tickets, will benefit the Patrick O’Rourke Family Trust (WestBloomfieldHero.com). Tickets to this game are available at the West Bloomfield Police Department, White Lake Police Department, Milford Police Department, Sterling Heights Police Department, Southfield Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Grosse Pointe Public Safety Department and online at JoeKocurHockey.Eventbrite.com.