Friday, December 22, 2006

Former Detroit enforcer coming to Saginaw

Former Detroit Red Wings forward and assistant coach Joey Kocur is set to appear at the Saginaw Spirit home game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Dec. 28.

Kocur will sign autographs for fans and partake in a pre-game question and answer session with Spirit broadcaster Greg Brady. Kocur will then be participating in the ceremonial puck drop.

"The Saginaw Spirit are excited to have Joey Kocur at our game,” stated Spirit managing partner Craig Goslin. “He is a legend in Red Wing history. He's a guy who played in the CHL before his career in the NHL. His presence at the game will bring back some great memories of his Stanley Cup victories with the Red Wings.”

Autograph packages will be available for purchase at the game. All three packages include a personalized photo of Joe Kocur and an autographed Red Wings puck. Fans that purchase a package are welcome to bring one additional item to be signed by Kocur.
One 8x10 picture and one puck -- $19.00
One 11x14 picture and one puck -- $29.00
One 16x20 picture and one puck -- $39.00

Kocur is best known as one of the Red Wings' “Bruise Brothers” with former Red Wings' enforcer Bob Probert. Together they formed one of the NHL's most penalized tandems. Kocur tallied 2,519 penalty minutes in his career - 1,963 with Detroit.

The Calgary, Alberta native started played his junior hockey career with the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades and was drafted by Detroit in the fifth round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He played 10 seasons from 1984-1990 and 1996-1999. He was with the New York Rangers from 1990-1996 and played seven games with the Vancouver Canucks in 1996. Kocur won four Stanley Cups, one with New York in 1994 and two with Detroit, in 1997 and 1998. He also won a Cup with the Wings as their video coach in 2002.

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