35, a new record. What an AMAZING day. From the red carpet coming in for players and alumni, to seeing the commercial break ice cleaning crew one time being Nick Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Dino Ciccarelli and Tomas Holmstrom. Next time out might be Joe Kocur, Darren McCarty, Chris Osgood, and John Ogrodnick. Everyone was there or a family member was there for the Howe, Sawchuk, Probert and Chiasson families. Stevie spoke and it got all choked up with him talking to Marian Ilitch up in the box (with Gary Buttman nearby) and Scotty Bowman told the fans he knows hockey and the fans in Detroit drove that franchise. They had the right parts to run it, Scotty said the madhouse every night was the engine.
How hilarious would it be if we got first draft pick in the lottery? Oh admit it, it'd be funny. The shrieking, the yowling, it'd be funny.
Like the Las Vegas Golden Knights tweeted out today, they are proud to be the only western conference team without a losing record at Joe Louis Arena. I found that to be hilarious. Looking at you Blackhawk fans.
Montreal had the Forum. Toronto had Maple Leaf Garden. The Rangers have Madison Square and the Bruins had the Boston Garden, the Blackhawks had Chicago Stadium.
Detroit had The Olympia AND Joe Louis Arena. +1 us. Probably take three trucks to haul all the banners down the street.