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Red Wings pink the rink for ninth year

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night, on Friday, Oct. 16, when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 p.m.

When doors open at 6:00 p.m., the Joe Louis Arena concourse will be home to a variety of activities, including a silent auction, mystery puck draw and a special sale of Red Wings baseball hats with all proceeds benefiting the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The funds raised will help alleviate the costs of breast cancer screening and treatment for uninsured and underinsured women in the Metro Detroit area. Additionally, the first 5,000 fans in attendance on Friday will receive a BCA Night themed T-shirt.

Fans who wear pink to the game will be entered to win a 2015-16 team-signed jersey by picking up a raffle ticket on the concourse behind Section 126. There, fans can also participate in the puck draw or bid on a wide collection of unique Red Wings items at the silent auction.

Several of the Red Wings players’ significant others will be selling hockey pucks as part of the mystery puck draw when doors open. For $35, fans will have a chance to draw from an assortment of 300 hockey pucks signed by members of the 2015-16 team. Each puck has been signed by a Red Wings player and packaged in a black box to conceal the autograph. The fan who opens the box with a puck signed in gold by Jimmy Howard will meet the Red Wings goaltender after the game.

Players will also wrap their sticks with pink hockey tape for use during the pre-game warmups on Friday. The sticks will then be autographed as the players exit the ice and auctioned off on the concourse during the game. In addition to the sticks, other unique autographed game-used memorabilia and experiential packages available at the concourse auction include:

•Defenseman Brendan Smith’s tickets to the Red Wings game on Tuesday, Nov. 10 against the Washington Capitals with a post-game meet and greet
•2015-16 team-signed Jimmy Howard goalie stick
•2013-14 team-signed Winter Classic replica jersey
•Detroit Tigers package featuring four lower-bowl tickets to a mutually determined game during the 2016 season, along with an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and meet a Tigers coach or player
•Framed 2014 Olympian poster autographed by all Red Wings players and staff who participated in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia
•Variety of Red Wings experiences, including the opportunity to ride the Zamboni at a Red Wings home game

Special ticket packages have been reserved for all breast cancer patients, survivors and anyone affected by breast cancer starting at $30 apiece for upper-level seats, which includes a $10 donation back to Karmanos Cancer Institute to help uninsured or underinsured people defray the costs of diagnostic screenings and non-medical expenses at Karmanos Cancer Institute. To purchase tickets, visit, using the promotional code: BCA.

Additional BCA Night activities include:

•The Red Wings will honor those affected by breast cancer by hosting 40 patients and survivors in two suites. Each survivor will receive a special gift bag with Red Wings and breast cancer awareness items enclosed.
•Defenseman Brendan Smith will welcome 20 two-time breast cancer patients and survivors in a suite and meet his guests outside the locker room following the game.
•Captain Henrik Zetterberg will host breast cancer patients along with their families in the Zetterberg Foundation Suite.
•The Red Wings will host more than 60 breast cancer patients, survivors and their guests during the team’s morning skate at 10:30 a.m. prior to Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
•The Red Wings will wear pink-themed jerseys during warm-ups on Friday, which will then be auctioned online at with the proceeds benefitting The Pink Fund. The auction will open on Friday, Oct. 16 following the Red Wings game against Carolina and will run through Thursday, Oct. 29.
•Fans can purchase black baseball hats with an embroidered pink and white Winged Wheel logo for $20 (cash and check only) behind Section 117 on the concourse to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
•Two women’s T-shirt styles will be available for purchase on the concourse for $20 each, along with a BCA-themed pin for $5. Following BCA Night, the items can be purchased at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.).
•A portion of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation’s 50/50 raffle on Friday will benefit The Pink Fund.

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