After a gut-wrenching twist made hope of an end to the NHL lockout slip away yet again, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard told ESPN the sudden turn of events made him “sick to his stomach.” Howard and teammate Dan Cleary were promoting a charity game that will be held in Windsor, Ont. this weekend when they got the bad news.
Many of the locked out Wings players who have been informally practicing together in the area will be at Saturday’s event, which will also feature some big names from around the league. Another charity game takes place tonight in Dearborn, Mich. and will feature some of the biggest names to wear the winged wheel taking on employees of Carhartt.
Tonight’s game will feature former Wings Joey Kocur, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby, all four members of the famed “Grind Line.” In addition, current Fox Sports Detroit analyst Mickey Redmond and Wings alumni John Ogrodnick and Paul Ysebaert will play, taking on a team of Dearborn-based Carhartt employees with ticket proceeds going to benefit the Macomb Oakland Regional Center, an organization that serves people with disabilities in the greater Detroit area.
Saturday’s game at the WFCU Center in Windsor is sure to draw a huge crowd as it may be the only time area fans get to see NHL players in action this season. Cleary has helped organize the event, and in addition to the handful of Red Wings teammates he got to join in, at least a dozen NHL regulars are slated to attend.
James Neal, Keith Yandle, Shawn Horcoff, Adam Burish, Jamal Mayers, Steve Ott, Jordan Leopold, Brenden Morrow, Matthew Lombardi, John-Michael Liles and Kyle Wellwood are among those expected to play and Cleary told the Detroit Free Press that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews may also be there.
Red Wings fans can get excited about seeing Todd Bertuzzi, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Darren Helm, Ian White and Justin Abdelkader in action as well as Howard and Cleary.
Proceeds from that game will go to Sparkle From Above, a charity helping children with cancer.