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Fan Appreciation Night is Friday

by Rick Bowness / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The Central Division champion Red Wings will be looking to wrap up their 2010-11 home schedule in winning fashion on Friday, April 8, when they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to the Motor City for a 7:30 p.m. EDT showdown at Joe Louis Arena. This contest will serve as the opening match of a regular season-ending home-and-home series between the regional adversaries.

Designated Fan Appreciation Night, several exciting giveaway items will be distributed to arena patrons throughout Friday’s game. Free squishy pucks compliments of Antonio’s Cucina Italiana will be given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, as will Upper Deck ‘Original Six Rivalry’ trading card sets profiling past and present members of the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Cards featuring Detroit’s Mike Modano, Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Yzerman in addition to Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Stan Mikita will all be included in Friday’s set. 
Meanwhile, every fan attending Friday’s game will receive: 
  • A free Red Wings poster compliments of Meijer and Coca-Cola
  • A coupon redeemable for a free hair cut compliments of Great Clips
  • A voucher for a complimentary game of bowling courtesy of SEMBCA
  • A coupon for $5-off selected menu items courtesy of TGI Friday’s Restaurants
Furthermore, multiple lucky seat and row giveaways will be announced throughout the night on Friday, with fans of fortune set to win prizes courtesy of Fathead, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, AT&T, the University of Toledo, Carhartt, Andiamo’s Restaurants, Olympia Entertainment, Detroit Red Wings Authentics and the Detroit Tigers. The latest Carhartt Hardest Working Player of the Month will also be revealed prior to puck drop on Friday, while Red Wings players and management will acknowledge the NHL’s best fans during a series of pre-taped video segments.
SELLOUT STREAK CONTINUES IN HOCKEYTOWN: Friday’s regular-season home finale versus Chicago will be the 23rd consecutive sellout for an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit will also surpass the 800,000 mark in attendance on Friday for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Having already welcomed 786,826 fans through the gates at JLA, the Red Wings will finish the regular-season with a cumulative attendance mark of 806,892.

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