Good morning Detroit and Good Morning, Insiders!
Your first Good Morning blog of this four-game road trip and an introduction that I will be taking you on this ride for the first time. Excited to share my voice a little bit more to the NHL readers and what better way to start doing so than with the Good Morning series!
This is the first ever Detroit trip for myself, although I did visit Grand Rapids last month for the AHL-edition of the Kings-Red Wings, as the Reign defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins, 4-3. That trip was the first time seeing snow since leaving New York and a re-introduction to the cold weather that we don’t get much of in Southern California.
Riding in on the bus last night, we drove past the old home of the Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena. What I would have given to have watched a game in that barn……the history in that building is unmatched. Growing up as a child in the 90’s and 00’s, the Red Wings were a dominant force in the NHL and I can remember watching so many playoff games held at the Joe, including the 2002 Red Wings, which were one of the most memorable teams of my youth.
The Joe was also home to one of the more famous moments in my home area’s history, the 1985 NCAA Hockey championships, won by Rensselaer. Led by current Kings consultant Adam Oates (who collected a ridiculous 91 points from 38 games that season), the Engineers won their second ever national championship with a 2-1 win over Providence. Hope you’ll enjoy some lower quality video of that title.
The Kings are off the ice today and will skate next tomorrow at morning skate, prior to a 7:30 PM Local / 4:30 PM Pacific Time showdown with the Red Wings. Hopefully you’re all doing a bit better than Carrlyn’s wheel! Talk soon.