SAGINAW, Mich. – On Wednesday, the Saginaw Spirit, in conjunction with the Windsor Spitfires and the Ontario Hockey League, are proud to announce the details of the “OHL Farewell to the Joe”. On Sunday, December 4th, the Saginaw Spirit will host the Windsor Spitfires in the very last OHL game to be played at the Joe Louis Arena. The puck drops at 4:00 p.m.
OHL Commissioner Dave Branch said, “With the rich junior hockey tradition of the Joe Louis Arena, the Ontario Hockey League is looking forward to the upcoming “OHL’s Farwell to the Joe” event. This is a home game for the Saginaw Spirit, but we wish to show the league’s support and respect for the historical importance of the facility and the many OHL alumni and champions that have called the JLA their home.”
The Spirit and the Spitfires will highlight the longstanding history of junior hockey played at the Joe Louis Arena, which began with the Detroit Jr. Red Wings, who won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey League Champions during the 1994-95 season.
The Jr. Red Wings, which were led by former Windsor Spitfire and current Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice and OHA/OHL graduates Greg Stefan and Peter DeBoer, featured the likes of future NHL stars Todd Harvey, Bryan Berard, and Jamie Allison.
As part of the “Farewell to the Joe” experience, the Ontario Hockey League will host a Minor Midget game at 12:00 p.m. showcasing two teams that have several OHL draft eligible players participating.
At 4:00 p.m., the Saginaw Spirit will host the Windsor Spitfires in an OHL regular season game. 14 NHL drafted players and 12 2016 NHL Draft eligible players will take the hallowed Joe Louis Arena ice, battling for West Division supremacy.
General admission tickets are available Friday, November 4th in person at the Saginaw Spirit store at 5789 State Street in Saginaw or at the Saginaw Spirit Merchandise Booth at The Dow Event Center during Spirit home games.
Tickets are $22 USD for general admission seating.
Spirit season ticket holders have a coupon in their season ticket book that needs to be turned in to the Spirit to receive their ticket for this game, which was included in their package. If Spirit season ticket holders would like to purchase additional tickets, a discounted rate of $19 is available. Please note that discounted season ticket rate must be done prior to the game thru the Saginaw Spirit, as it will not be available the day of the game thru the Joe Louis Arena box office.
If you are interested in booking a group of 25 people or more, contact Allison Vezina at (989) 497-7747 Ex. 3911. Group rate tickets are $17 USD each.
Saginaw Spirit President and Managing Partner Craig Goslin said: “The Saginaw Spirit wishes to thank the Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment for their great hospitality and support, as we invite you to come be part of a very special game day when we host the Windsor Spitfires on Dec 4th. This event gives OHL fans their chance to say farwell to the Joe Louis Arena. The game on ice will be full of NHL drafted players and off the ice, the game day operations of the Spirit will entertain the fans with mascots, activities, the world famous Zooperstars and much more. The OHL Farwell to the Joe is a “Can’t Miss Event” that will leave you highly entertained.”
For more information regarding the “OHL Farewell to the Joe”, contact the Saginaw Spirit at (989) 497-7747 or visit www.saginawspirit.com
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