NHL’s Red Wings offer cool souvenir from former arena

NHL ice hockey franchise the Detroit Red Wings is selling vials of melted ice from its former home, the Joe Louis Arena.

There are 3,000 containers of the old ice rink available, each costing a chilling $85 each. Any profit from the pots of water will go towards the team’s Foundation’s mission to grow the sport of hockey locally.

“The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is thrilled to offer a unique opportunity for fans to support our cause while honouring the history of Joe Louis Arena,” director of community relations at the Detroit Red Wings Foundation Kevin Brown said. “These commemorative ice vials serve as a wonderful keepsake, capturing the essence of [Joe Louis Arena’s] electrifying farewell.”

The vials will be delivered to fans’ homes with a individually numbered six-by-nine-inch shadowbox frame photo of Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings played their last game at the venue back in April against the New Jersey Devils, after 37 seasons at Joe Louis Arena. The team will play its first pre-season game at Little Caesars Arena, its new home, against the Boston Bruins this Saturday.

The new Little Caesars Arena officially opened after a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month. The multi-purpose venue will serve as the new home of the Red Wings, as well as NBA basketball franchise the Detroit Pistons.

The arena will offer seating of up to 20,000 for ice hockey games and 21,000 for basketball games, as well as a capacity of 15,000 to 22,000 for concerts.

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