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Leyland in Hockeytown

by Todd Beam / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The Red Wings will hold a special ceremonial puck drop prior to their game against Central Division rival Columbus at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, April 3.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland will do the honors, dropping the puck just prior to the start of the Red Wings-Blue Jackets contest.

Leyland, currently in his third season with the Tigers, guiding the American League club to a 183-142 record during his tenure. He is the 36th manager in Tigers' history and a veteran of 43 years in professional baseball.

Leyland was named MLB's Manager of the year in 2006 by Baseball America, and American League Manager of the Year by both the Baseball Writers' Association of America and The Sporting News after guiding the Tigers to their first playoff berth since 1987. He led the Florida Marlins to a World Series crown in 1997.

ARE YOU IN? With just three games remaining in the regular-season, the standings have Detroit’s first-round opponent as the Vancouver Canucks. Tickets for the last two Red Wings’ regular-season home games and the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs are available at the Joe Louis Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, including Hockeytown Cafe, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, or charge by phone at 248-645-6666. Fans also can purchase tickets by logging on to


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