Former players from the Detroit Red Wings are scheduled to play against UAW-Ford members at Fraser Hockeyland April 29. The Red Wings alumni have won the two previous contests. Pictured is a moment from a prior game.

Former players from the Detroit Red Wings are scheduled to play against UAW-Ford members at Fraser Hockeyland April 29. The Red Wings alumni have won the two previous contests. Pictured is a moment from a prior game.

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Former Detroit Red Wings players to skate for a good cause

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published April 20, 2018

FRASER — Hockey fans will have an opportunity to watch former Detroit Red Wings players don their skates again, and this time it will be for a good cause.

Members of UAW-Ford will take on former Wings players in a fundraising event for the Ted Lindsay Foundation for Autism at 2 p.m. April 29 at Fraser Hockeyland.

Some of the former Wings players who are slated to participate in the two-period contest are Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Joe Kocur, Darren McCarty, Manny Legace and Mickey Redmond.

Prior to the game, players are expected to conduct a 30-minute autograph session. Concession stands will be open, and the Spike Monster Truck will also on the grounds for fans to see.

“It’s real special,” said event organizer Angelo Sacino. “This (will) be the third year. … Every year we pick a different cause.”

Although Sacino said it’s been good competition on the ice, he did confirm that the former Wings players have won the last two times.

And while there are good times to be had, it can also get competitive out there.

“It’s for fun, and they enjoy it, but it’s not like they’re just giving us the puck to win,” Sacino said. “They’re actually competitive against our guys. … Our guys are very competitive against them, too. (It’s) just good, clean hockey fun.”

Sacino said some active players might play as well.

The Wings have played a special role in the lives of metro Detroiters, and the event will provide fans with yet another opportunity to connect with some of the franchise’s former players.

“I’m real excited,” Sacino said. “It’s just cool to see the players who I grew up with the ones that my sons are growing up with, (and) the ones that were before my time, too.”

Tickets can be purchased for $10 beforehand or on the day of the event. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Sacino at (586) 453-4232 or email him at asacino@ford.com.