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Wings, Zetterberg launch detector collection

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – As part of the 13th Annual Smoke Detector Collection, the Detroit Red Wings and captain Henrik Zetterberg are asking fans to bring smoke detectors to Joe Louis Arena when the Wings face off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Sept. 25 and again on Saturday, Sept. 27 against the Boston Bruins. Those who do not bring smoke detectors may also make monetary donations.

Volunteers from local area fire departments and Comerica Bank will be on hand to help with the collection of the detectors. All detectors collected will be given to low-income and elderly households throughout the state of Michigan. The first 150 fans who bring a smoke detector or make a monetary donation to each game will receive an 8x10 Henrik Zetterberg card courtesy of Comerica. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to purchase autographed photos of Zetterberg during both games for $50 on the concourse behind Section 126, with proceeds directly benefiting the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

This is Zetterberg’s ninth year as spokesman for the Smoke Detector Collection. Zetterberg will personally match all smoke detector and monetary donations up to $15,000. Last year’s program distributed more than 3,200 detectors and the Red Wings captain donated $11,400 to purchase additional smoke detectors.

Zetterberg will distribute the smoke detectors collected to Metro Detroit firefighters following the Red Wings practice at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and will host a check presentation prior to the Red Wings home game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The collection was originally created in 2001 by Brendan Shanahan to honor the memory of his father, who was a firefighter. Since the program’s inception, more than 26,000 detectors have been donated to fire departments throughout the state of Michigan.

About Comerica Bank:
Comerica Bank, with 214 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Founded in Detroit in 1849, Comerica continues to invest in Michigan. Comerica recently committed $1 million to the Detroit Institute of Arts “grand bargain” that will help the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection for the public. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To find us on Facebook, visit Follow us on Twitter @ComericaCares.

About The Detroit Red Wings:
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit

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