Red Wings play with special needs students in Muskegon

Detroit Red Wings, Luke Glendening, Riley Sheahan, Muskegon, Wesley School
Detroit Red Wings Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan host a clinic and play floor hockey with students at Wesley School in Muskegon. (Sept. 21, 2016)


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Detroit Red Wings were in Muskegon Wednesday to brighten the day of some very special fans.

Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan put on goalie masks to put on a clinic and play floor hockey with special needs students at Wesley School.

“It was awesome,” Glendening said. “A great experience for us to be out there. It probably brought more good to our day than it did theirs. But it was great to be out there and see them have so much fun.”

“It was amazing. Just seeing the happiness on the kids’ faces and how enthusiastic they are and how much fun they had playing hockey, it was cool to see and fun to be a part of it,” Sheahan said.

The event was part of the Wings’ annual Community Tour, which team members make before the start of training camp.

Training camp opens Friday in Traverse City. The team will be a little shorthanded at first, with seven players competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Canada, including Dylan Larkin, Petr Mrazek and Justin Abdelkader.

This season will be the Wings’ last at Joe Louis Arena, which has been their home since 1979. While players are looking forward to playing in the new Little Caesars Arena — which is still under construction — they want to make sure to enjoy what time they have left in the Joe.

“Growing up in Grand Rapids, being a fan of the Red Wings, you know the history of the Joe,” Glendening said. “It’s great to be able to play in its last season, but it’s sad to see it go, as well.”

“All your NFL memories come from the Joe. It’ll be cool to play there in the last year, but the new building is going to be cool, high tech and everything. But the Joe has all that character, the history and it’s definitely cool to play those first few seasons at the Joe.”

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