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Friday's game includes orange hats, Marines and veterans

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- This Friday is Orange Hat Night at the Joe. The first 10,000 fans at Friday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets will receive a Red Wings' orange knit hat, courtesy of Carhartt.

Join the 'Original Hat Guy', Ken Ruker, and watch the Red Wings take on Rick Nash and the rest of the Blue Jackets.

Also on Friday, the Red Wings will host active members of the military and veterans in recognition of Veterans Day (November 12). Doors open Friday at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. game.

The national anthem will be highlighted with a color guard conducted by members of the Marines MWSG 47th. Friday’s game will also be the annual Toys for Tots collection with the US Marine Reserves at Joe Louis Arena. Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys (please no stuffed animals) to collection bins at Joe Louis Arena.  The toys will be distributed to needy children in Southeastern Michigan during the upcoming holiday season. Monetary donations will also be accepted, and each donor will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an autographed Red Wings jersey.

Veterans have a special place in the heart of Red Wings owner and Marine veteran Michael Ilitch, also the founder of Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. which will celebrate the one year anniversary of the Little Caesars Veterans Program on Veterans Day.

Designed to provide business opportunities to veterans, the innovative program offers honorably discharged, service-disabled veterans who qualify as Little Caesars franchisees benefits up to $68,000 and honorably discharged, non service-disabled veterans who qualify as Little Caesars franchisees a $10,000 benefit.

Tickets for the game are available through the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, TicketMaster outlets, at or by calling 248-645-6666.

Single-game tickets for home games in November and December are currently on sale. Season tickets at just $22 per seat are available in six, 12, 22 and 34-game packages.   

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