The reason this is embarrassing is that it states "Guarantee your chance to see these marquee Original Six matchups" Any other descriptor rather than Original Six would be OK. Maybe even Original Six + Cindy.
It's not necessary in the least, but I was wondering if you guys had any interest in doing an honor or memorial gift:
HONOR AND MEMORIAL GIFTS
A gift to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is an ideal way to honor a friend, family member, community leader, organization or just someone who deserves special attention. It can also be used to celebrate special events—birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, bar/bat mitzvahs, or family reunions.
The possibilities are endless - Mike Ilitch, many players past and present for one reason or another, a thanks to our announcers, a thanks to Matt, etc. etc. and so on. What say you all?
I think to honor Mike Illitch would be great. I'm guessing I'm older than most of you, but I remember the days before Mr. Illitch bought the Wings. Yes, I started being a fan in the late 60's. I lived through Bruce Norris and The Darkness with Harkness. My dad was a season ticket holder in the 40's, and he taught me well. The whole reason the Wings are such a great organization starts at the top. I remember watching games on tv when Mr. Illitch first bought the club, and during intermission seeing the Little Caesar player of the game. He was such a promoter of youth hockey in Detroit. I think he has earned the honor! Great idea!
Not trying to sound skeptical here, but how do we know our money is going to charity? I know it's not a ton of money, but it would be nice to know that my money isn't going into the pocket of a mod on LGW (who curiously hasn't posted their own donation on this thread). I truly don't think there is a scam going on here. I'm just wondering if there is any way to prove or verify where this money is going, cause I'm sure that would entice a few more ppl into donating (myself included).
If I remember correctly, one of the years we all saw the thank-you letter from the charity that received our money.
This is for real, so go ahead AND PUT YOUR MONEY ON THE BOARD!!
I have the board administrator's verification, stated my pledge and gave you the option to make out a check to Children's Hospital. I think I've covered everything. We're all waiting on your pledge now.
To 55fan, troubadour and Peadydog, thanks so much for really going out of your way to help make this successful.
For example, if Winnipeg had won the cup this year, it would not be fair to say that the franchise won the cup in it's first year of inception. Several people in that franchise worked hard to develop the roster and get the right coaches in place for years before the move. Winning the cup in your actual first year of inception is a much much harder feat. That would be unheard of for an expansion team.
True. The Dives won the Cup in '96, their first year in Colorado. However, it was really the Quebec team that won. Colorado picks and chooses what it acknowledges and what it doesn't regarding it's years in Quebec. They will talk about "franchise" records, etc., but don't honor the jerseys that were retired in Quebec. As a matter of fact, the reason the Dives have the big "A" on their jerseys it they wanted to honor their Canadian heritage, but no one told them it was spelled "eh", eh!
Thanks for doing this again!
Here we go-
$20 for series win
$50 if it's a sweep
$10 for every shut out
$2 for every Pavel assist
$2 for every Lidstrom assist
$2 for every Franzen goal
$2 for every Blueliner goal
‘Twas the night before Playoffs and all through the Joe
Not a player was skating, not fast and not slow.
The jerseys were hung from the rafters with care
Stevie, Sid, Gordie, Terry, Ted, and Alex were there.
The fans in Detroit were all snug in their beds,
While Stanley Cup fever danced ‘round in their heads.
Valtteri Filppula, Kyle Quincey, Brad Stuart, you see
Would star in their dreams of what would soon be.
Next day on the ice there would be such a clatter,
That, for true fans of hockey, nothing else would matter.
Away to the arena, we fly like a flash,
(Unless we can’t get tickets, ‘cause we don’t have the cash).
The laser light show on the freshly groomed ice
Would light up the way as we welcome our guys!
Then, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But the best of the NHL, at least so far this year.
With a Captain named Lidstrom, and a forward named ‘Tuzzi
We knew in a moment we all could be woozy.
More rapid than eagles, the players they came,
And we whistled and shouted, and called them by name.
“Now Sheahan! Now Kronwall! Now, go, Jiri Hudler!
On Datsyuk! On Zetterberg! And, now, Abdelkader!
Into the Playoffs! With the best of the League!
There’s no turning back! There will be no fatigue!”
“There’s Holmstrom!, Chris Conner!, and Ian White!
Jan Mursak! Doug Janik! They’ll all show their might!
Thanks to Joey MacDonald and Brendan Smith!
We got to this point, this team knows no quit!”
For now, in a twinkling, no rest for the weary
Here’s Franzen! And Helm! And Danny Cleary!!
There’s Kindl and Ericsson and Jimmy in net.
Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves, the best fourth line yet!
They say we’re getting old, we know that’s not true
We simply reload and reload, that’s what we do!
With Joakim and Gustav and don’t forget Cory
Our young guys can bring it, there’ll be no worry!
As the Predators and the Sharks and Canucks all cry,
When they meet with the Wings, and their Stanley dreams die.
As the Penguins do crumble and Florida meets with fate,
The Rangers and Capitals will just have to wait.
Then, dressed up so nicely, in the best they could find,
The coaches line up, with the trainers behind.
There’s Blashill, and Bill Peters, and head coach Mike Babcock
And, on the bench, Ty Conklin, our faithful back-up
Tragedy struck our world in September
We lost part of our family, we’ll always remember
Stefan Liv, Brad McCrimmon, and Rusty Salai
Our hearts were broken, we grieve to this day.
Ken Daniels makes the calls, he’s in no hurry
And between the benches, who else but Larry Murphy!
Our eyes, how they twinkle! Our hearts are so merry!
With Redmond to comment, or maybe Don Cherry.
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Mike soon had assured us we had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word; these guys know how to win
To the Finals we go, we can do this again.
They spring to the ice, as the referees whistle,
In pursuit of the Cup they will fly like a missile.
And the fans will exclaim, whether they lose or they win,
“Go, Red Wings! We Love You! What a great year it’s been!”