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Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Wing Nut

March 16, 2011 - Growing up in the cold state of Michigan it's not uncommon to put on a pair of ice skates in the winter time and maybe grab a stick, a puck, and a couple of friends and find yourself enjoying some "good old hockey."

Ever since I was a kid I have loved the game of hockey. Though I never played much ice hockey because it didn't seem to get quite cold enough for some of those live spring ponds to freeze hard enough to skate on. I did play a lot of neighborhood roller hockey and one year on an actual team.

Well, being a fan of the sport and living in the state of Michigan, it's near impossible to not love and be a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, an "original six" team that offers such great history with names like Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Bob Probert, Darren McCarty, Brendan Shanahan, Nick Lindstrom, Steve Yzerman (my all-time favorite), Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg.

All these names offer you a different time in Red Wing History and I have been fortunate to witness four of eleven Stanley Cup championship wins starting in 1997 when I was 14 years old.

Growing up a "Wing Nut," my best friend Josh also happen to be a "Wing Nut." I still remember us playing one-on-one on his pond when it actually got cold enough for it to freeze.

Josh and I have talked about going to a Wings game since at before high school, but we never made it to a game. Perhaps it was the cost for tickets, anyone who's bought tickets for the Wings knows they don't come cheap. Or maybe it was because Josh moved to Missouri.

This season I was sick and tired of talking about going to a game and it was time to actually GO. So for a mini vacation I took a weekend trip down to St. Louis and spent some "guy time" with my best friend as the wings beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-3.

We were amazed to see so many Wings fans. Even though we were the away team, it was fun to feel the excitement of the crowd, the "chill in the air" and to see the great names you have only seen on your television screen "up close and personal."

The Wings currently sit second in the Western Conference and third in the overall league. As playoffs are just around the corner remember to "fear the beard" because DETROIT IS HOCKEYTOWN!

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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