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Hockeytown 25th Anniversary Celebration

1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup championship teams set to return to Detroit for weekend celebration November 3 and November 5

by Brett McWethy @DetroitRedWings / DetroitRedWings.com

Red Wings Announce Attendees, Commemorative Merchandise and Photo Opportunities for 25th Anniversary Celebration, November 3 and November 5 at Little Caesars Arena 

  • More than 30 players, coaches and staff from 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup championship teams set to return to Detroit for weekend celebration 
  • Red Wings will host the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) and entertain the New York Islanders on Saturday, Nov. 5 (1 p.m.); limited tickets remain available at DetroitRedWings.com/Anniversary 
  • Commemorative merchandise items available in the Team Store will include vintage 1997 and 1998 championship t-shirts and hats, replica patches for hockey sweaters, branded pucks and more 
  • Exclusive fan photo opportunities available with Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Campbell Bowl on Via concourse; doors open early for both games

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced more than 30 former players, coaches and staff members set to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. The Red Wings will celebrate the 1997 Stanley Cup champions on Thursday, Nov. 3 against the Washington Capitals, and salute the 1998 championship team vs. the New York Islanders the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 5.

Limited tickets for both the Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) and Nov. 5 (1 p.m.) games remain available at DetroitRedWings.com/Anniversary.

In addition to pregame ceremonies, special vintage merchandise items will be sold in the Team Store, and fans will be able to take photos with the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player of his team during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Campbell Bowl, given to the Western Conference Champions each season.

The Meijer Southwest Entrance will open early for ticketed fans on both Thursday and Saturday for photo opportunities with all three trophies. The entrance will open at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, and 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. Photo opportunities will run from 4:30-5:45 p.m. for Thursday's game, and from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Saturday. All three trophies will be a part of the pregame ceremony for both games, and then will be brought back up to the Via concourse for additional fan photo opportunities throughout both games.

Fans are also encouraged to arrive and be in their seats early. The pregame ceremony honoring the 1997 team that won the club's first Stanley Cup in 42 years will begin at approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, and at Noon on Nov. 5 ahead of the early afternoon puck drop at Little Caesars Arena.

Red Wings alumni players, coaches, front office members and support staff scheduled to attend the weekend's festivities are listed below, and subject to change:

Hakan Andersson (Director of European Scouting)

Scotty Bowman (Head Coach)

Paul Boyer (Head Equipment Manager)

Doug Brown

Mathieu Dandenault

Jim Devellano (General Manager/Senior Vice President)

Kris Draper

Anders Eriksson

Brent Gilchrist

Kevin Hodson

Ken Holland (Assistant General Manager/General Manager)

Tomas Holmstrom

Mark Howe (Pro Scout)

Mike Knuble

Joe Kocur

Vladimir Konstantinov

Mike Krushelnyski (Assistant Coach)

Martin Lapointe

Igor Larionov

Dave Lewis (Associate Coach)

Nicklas Lidstrom

Kirk Maltby

Darren McCarty

Larry Murphy

Chris Osgood

Jamie Pushor

Bob Rouse

Brendan Shanahan

Barry Smith (Associate Coach)

Tim Taylor

Mike Vernon

Aaron Ward

John Wharton (Athletic Trainer)

Steve Yzerman

"We're looking forward to what will be a tremendous weekend for our fans and the Red Wings alumni returning to Detroit for the 25th Anniversary Celebration," said Chris McGowan, President and CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment (IS+E). "We encourage fans to be in their seats early to be a part of the pregame ceremonies, and to salute both teams for the pride and joy they continue to bring to Hockeytown."

Exclusive celebration and vintage Stanley Cup championship merchandise will be sold in the Little Caesars Arena Team Store, including championship t-shirts and hats, replica patches for hockey sweaters, branded pucks and more. Commemorative items featuring the 25th Anniversary logo will also be sold, including hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, lapel pins, glasses and pucks. All fans through the doors will receive a commemorative ticket.

In front of the Gordie Howe statue inside the Chevrolet Northeast Entrance, a historic exhibit will be visible for fans to enjoy and remember, with memorabilia, artifacts and collectables from the 1996-97 and 1997-98 Red Wings seasons on display.

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