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Hockeytown Cares: Red Wings host Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday

Fans in attendance can assist in assembling military welcome packages for Volunteers of America Michigan; VIP luncheon for military members; t-shirt giveaway and much more set for 11th Annual Military Appreciation Night

by Kevin Brown /

DETROIT - In conjunction with the team's Hockeytown Cares platform, the Detroit Red Wings will host their 11th annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by BELFOR Property Restoration, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when the team takes on the Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket) at the award-winning Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit

More than 100 active and former military members selected by Volunteers of America Michigan and Selfridge Air National Guard Base will experience the game as guests of BELFOR Property Restoration and the Red Wings. Additionally, the first 7,500 fans in attendance for Tuesday's game will receive a red, white and blue Military Appreciation performance T-shirt, courtesy of BELFOR Property Restoration. 

Fans in attendance will also have an opportunity to support Volunteers of America Michigan through a new initiative encouraging fans to assist in assembling military welcome packages on the Little Caesars Arena concourse. The packages will contain personal care items and toiletries to be given to homeless men and women who receive services at the Volunteer of America Michigan housing program in Detroit. Representatives from Volunteers of America Michigan will also be present to provide fans with more information on how to support their veteran programs, which deliver vital services and housing for homeless veterans throughout southeastern Michigan. 

Activities for Military Appreciation Night, presented by BELFOR Property Restoration, include:


New this season, the Red Wings are enlisting the fans of Hockeytown to assist in assembling 300 welcome packages to be given to homeless men and women who are served at the Volunteers of America Michigan housing program in Detroit. The Volunteer of America Michigan facilities serve approximately 300 veterans with shelter assistance per year.

Red Wings fans can assist in assembling the welcome packages in front of the Team Store on the Via Concourse of Little Caesars Arena. All kits will include socks, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, toothbrushes, toothbrush covers, toothpaste, combs and granola bars, courtesy of BELFOR Property Restoration.  

Members of the Lady Wings, a volunteer group made up of Red Wings players' wives and significant others, will also assist in the assembly of the welcome packages.


Prior to the game, the Red Wings will host more than 100 active and former military members for a VIP experience at Little Caesars Arena during the team's morning practice session at 10:30 a.m. After practice, guests will enjoy an arena tour and lunch in the Comerica Players Club with meet & greet opportunities featuring select Red Wings players. Each guest also receives a special "Salute to Service" fan package. For the game, the Red Wings will provide tickets to more than 100 active and former military members to experience Military Appreciation Night at Little Caesars Arena.



Medal of Honor recipient and former U.S. Army combat medic James McCloughan will serve as the honorary puck drop captain on Military Appreciation Night. A native of South Haven, Mich., McCloughan received the nation's highest military award in July 2017, 48 years after he risked his own life to save others during the Battle of Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam. In addition to being awarded the Medal of Honor, McCloughan has also received several decorations associated with his bravery, including the Combat Medical Badge, two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. After leaving the service, McCloughan taught psychology, sociology and geography at South Haven High School, along with coaching football, baseball and wrestling.  


The first 7,500 fans attending Tuesday's game will receive a red, white and blue Military Appreciation performance T-shirt, courtesy of BELFOR Property Restoration. Guests can pick up their T-shirts from distribution booths located at the four entrances of Little Caesars Arena.  


Red Wings players will don Military Appreciation camouflage jerseys and use camouflage-taped hockey sticks during warm-ups before Tuesday's game. The jerseys will feature varying words associated with military service in the nameplate. The jerseys and sticks will then be auctioned at, with proceeds benefiting Volunteers of America Michigan. The online auction will run through Tuesday, Jan. 29. 


In support of Volunteers of America Michigan, fans can purchase a limited number of player-autographed pucks from the Mystery Puck Draw located near the Comerica Entrance on the street-level Via concourse. Each puck is available for $40 and features the autograph of a current Red Wings player. 

One gold-signed puck will also be included in the mystery draw to give one lucky fan a postgame meet and greet opportunity with Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin following Tuesday's game.


Fans can purchase Detroit Red Wings Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle, presented by Michigan First Credit Union, tickets from sellers or kiosks throughout Little Caesars Arena. Each winner receives 50 percent of the jackpot, with the remaining proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League and Volunteers of America Michigan. 


Pre-selected active and former military members attending the game will enjoy many of the one-of-a-kind game day experiences at Little Caesars Arena, including Zamboni rides, pregame penalty box visits and in-game contests.


The U.S. Marine Corps., will present the Colors during the National Anthem.


Military Appreciation Night ticket packages are available that include a specially-priced Red Wings game ticket, donation back to Volunteers of America and a limited-edition Military Appreciation Night Challenge Coin. This special ticket offer is available at

Additionally, fans can purchase individual game tickets at the Little Caesars Arena XFINITY Box Office, online at or by calling the Red Wings Ticket Sales and Service Office at 313-471-7575.

About BELFOR Property Restoration:

BELFOR Property Restoration is the worldwide premier disaster restoration company serving 31 countries with more than 300 offices employing more than 8,000 full-time experienced restoration specialists who are dedicated to "Restoring More Than Property." BELFOR Property Restoration provides residential, commercial and industrial customers every service needed to help return to normal operations following disaster. From structural damage repair and clean-up to the recovery and restoration of equipment and vital documents, BELFOR Property Restoration has a rapid and proven response. For more information, please visit For immediate assistance, please call BELFOR Property Restoration's 24/7 Emergency Hotline: 800-800-BELFOR. "Like" BELFOR on Facebook and "Follow" @BELFOR on Twitter or @BELFORGroup on Instagram.

About Volunteers of America Michigan:
Volunteers of America Michigan is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Operating continuously in Michigan since 1896, the agency is the largest private provider of services to veterans in Michigan, with housing, employment services and homeless prevention for veterans and their families. Volunteers of America Michigan believes in the dignity of every person and is committed to assisting clients achieve self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit

About Hockeytown Cares:
Hockeytown Cares serves as the Detroit Red Wings' official platform to create positive change across Michigan. In partnership with fans, key stakeholders and colleagues, the team leverages the power of hockey to provide innovative support focused on community investment and youth development. As part of Hockeytown Cares, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation continues to raise funds and resources in support of the growth of hockey within our community. To learn more about Hockeytown Cares, visit

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