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FAREWELL TO THE JOE

FAREWELL TO THE JOE

If you're anything of a hockey fan, you'll know that this is the last season for the Detroit Red Wings' home arena, Joe Louis Arena. If you're not a hockey fan at all, you know it now. 

Hockey is a huge part of my life and it's been that way since I was born, but even more so since 2012 {I remember the exact reason why, but that's a different story}. Hockey quickly became my passion, so much that I want to incorporate it into my future career after college. I love everything about the sport, from the sounds of the skates on the ice and sticks slapping the pucks, to the techniques, the business behind the league, even the smells {okay, not really}. All around, it is a beautiful game. The game is like home. Joe Louis Arena, famously named after the boxer, Joe Louis, is like home.

The reason for this post about Joe Louis is because for the last couple years before I moved to Chicago, this place served as my second home. I was there more than my own house sometimes. Over this past weekend, I flew home to see the Chicago Blackhawks play the Wings on Friday night, which was going to be my last game at the arena. It was a big day for me in general, since I am a fan of the Blackhawks, and I hadn't been there since December. Even though the Red Wings ended up beating the Blackhawks, I was partially fine with it because I got to hear the "just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit" from Don't Stop Believin' by Journey one last time. The Wings needed the win more than the Hawks, anyway. I have a soft spot for the Red Wings, if it wasn't obvious. I got to see the locker room vibe after a win one last time. {Friday technically wasn't my last game at JLA - Sunday night versus the New York Rangers - but the Wings lost so we're just gonna pretend it was}. 

If you're one of my readers who is unfamiliar with hockey, the Red Wings aren't leaving Detroit. They built a new arena across town and it's set to make its debut at the start of the 2017-2018 season. The team is going to play there after playing at the Joe since 1979. I'm excited to come visit home next year and go to a game at the new arena, even though the name choice is terrible, but I'll really miss this old barn. I have so many memories here, one of them being the time I found out I had to have knee surgery down in the doctor's exam room of the locker room during the middle of a game. Another time was the first time I met Jonathan Toews {captain of the Blackhawks} while wearing a Red Wings sweater - horrible picture, don't ask to see it, you're not going to. Side note: if you ever see me at a hockey game, you will never see me wearing team apparel because of that experience. 

Ending on that, I wish all the best for the new arena, though the Joe to me will always be the home for the Wings. I hope it brings them a little good luck, too. And with that I say farewell.

If you're interested, follow along on social media with #FarewellToTheJoe and follow the Red Wings, @detroitredwings. Buy tickets to a game here before it's too late!

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