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Hockeytown Cares: Red Wings Compete for Bell Ringing Bragging Rights

Holland, Blashill, Abdelkader, Cholowski, Green, Helm, Rasmussen, Witkowski to bell ring across metro Detroit to raise funds for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign

by Kevin Brown /

DETROIT - In conjunction with the team's Hockeytown Cares platform, the Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Friday, Dec. 7, to see which group can raise the most money for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit's Red Kettle Campaign. Four teams will bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., and fans are asked to make a $10 donation per autograph at all four locations.

At the Kroger in Northville (17447 Haggerty Rd.), Head Coach Jeff Blashill will join Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland, who is serving as Honorary Co-Chairman of the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign for the 13th straight year. 

Fans visiting Hockeytown Authentics in Troy can obtain an autograph from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm by making a $10 donation per autograph. Fans can also shop and take advantage of a 25 percent discount on Red Wings merchandise at Hockeytown Authentics during the bell ringing event, excluding Authentics merchandise. The discount cannot be combined with other offers or clearance merchandise.  

Defensemen Mike Green and Luke Witkowski will represent the Red Wings at Kroger in Royal Oak (2200 E. 12 Mile Rd.), while defenseman Dennis Cholowski and forward Michael Rasmussen are set to bell ring at Kroger in Dearborn (15255 Michigan Ave.). 

Fans unable to attend the bell ringing events on Friday can still support The Salvation Army by texting "REDWINGS" to 41444 and selecting one of the four groups to support in the competition. 

The funds raised from the Red Wings bell ringing will support the Salvation Army's STRIVE (Student Training for Integrity, Vitality and Education) youth floor hockey program. Introduced in 2009, the program teaches the basics of the sport of hockey, team building skills and positive sportsmanship behavior to children ages 8-12. 

This season marks the 13th consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings and The Salvation Army have teamed up through the "Red Wings for Red Kettles" initiative to help the nonprofit reach its $8.2 million Red Kettle Campaign goal. Last season, the initiative raised $16,237 to increase the total raised by the team to more than $150,000 for the nonprofit since 2005.  

WHO*: Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland and Head Coach Jeff Blashill; 

Current Red Wings players Justin Abdelkader, Dennis Cholowski, Mike Green, Darren Helm, Michael Rasmussen and Luke Witkowski

 *Players are subject to change

WHEN:  Friday, Dec. 7

  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Help fill the Red Wings' kettles at the following locations:

  • Kroger (Northville) - Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill 
  • 17447 Haggerty Rd., Northville, MI 48168
  • Hockeytown Authentics - Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm
  • 1845 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083 
  • Kroger (Dearborn) - Dennis Cholowski, Michael Rasmussen
  • 15255 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
  • Kroger (Royal Oak) - Mike Green, Luke Witkowski
  • 2200 East 12 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067

About The Salvation Army:

About The Salvation Army: Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 2,577,524 meals and 622,610 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.87 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at

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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