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Fans pack Kelowna rink to see Wings

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
KELOWNA, British Columbia -- Fans donated more than $25,000 worth of food to the Kelowna Food Bank at the first of two practices held by the Red Wings on Wednesday in Kelowna.

A capacity crowd of 6,000 fans jammed Prospera Place -- home of the WHL's Kelowna Rockets -- to watch the Red Wings hold a fast-paced 45 minute practice as part of a three day stay in Kelowna.

Admission was by donation to the Kelowna Community Food Bank and fans came through with a massive donation, dropping off 11,200 pounds (5 1/2 tons) of food valued at over $25,000. There was an additional $1,500 in cash donations accepted by the food bank.

“It was an amazing turnout by our fans,” said Gavin Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets vice president of business development. “They were lined up early this morning to get into the building.”

The Red Wings are in Kelowna due to a three day break in their schedule, between games in Calgary -- a 2-1 win on Monday -- and in Edmonton on Friday.

The Wings will skate again on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Prospera Place. Doors open at 10 a.m. and once again fans are asked to bring a donation for the Kelowna Food Bank to get into the building.

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