Loss to Red Wings is win for Westland ice arena programs
The Red Wings Alumni, led by legendary player Joe Kocur and comic Dave Coulier, who portrayed Joey Gladstone on the hit TV series Full House, pulled out a hard-fought 7-3 victory last week over Mayor William R. Wild's Westland Wild Wings. The former professional players were helped to their 11th straight victory by hockey legends Al Iafrate, Dennis Hextall, Brent Fedyk, John Ogrodnick and Larry Murphy. The 11th annual game was a community event to raise funds for improvements at the Mike Modano Ice Arena and, as usual, drew a standing room only crowd of enthusiastic supporters. Wild's team, which included Pulitzer Prize winning reporter M.L. Elrick and WRIF rock DJ “Meltdown,” was coached by Tony Award winning actor and co-star of the CBS series Blue Bloods, Greg Jbara.The Wild Wings, including Craig Cobetto and Luke Wild, fought valiantly but were no match for the retired professional players. The event was sponsored this year by North Brothers Ford. Proceeds of the event help fund youth hockey and figure skating groups who utilize the city ice arena.