The bell broke.
Ken Holland was chatting with a fan at Hiller’s Market in Northville, a bell for the Salvation Army in one hand, gesturing with the other. Almost nonchalantly, the ringing stopped and an audible ‘ping’ rose from the floor. The metal tongue had fallen from the bell, sending the Red Wings general manager scrambling for the part.
“I was ringing and then all of the sudden it wasn’t ringing anymore,” Holland said. “I guess I was ringing too hard.”
It was the lone glitch in an otherwise, successful event. And yes, the Salvation Army provided Holland with a new bell to ring.
At Hockeytown Authentics, fans lined up around the building to greet forwards Abdelkader and Darren Helm. The two raised nearly $2,900 to earn the title and bragging rights for this year’s competition.
Holland and coach Mike Babcock’s red kettle at Hiller’s Market totaled nearly $2,400. Jonathan Ericsson and Drew Miller collected over $1,000 at the Kroger in Plymouth, bringing the overall total to $6,330.04. This year’s competition brought in more than the last two seasons combined.
“We had a great time and it was for a great cause,” Abdelkader said. “ It’s always nice to get into the community and give back.”
This season marks the fifth consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings and The Salvation Army are teaming up in “Red Wings for Red Kettles” to help the nonprofit reach its $7.8 million Red Kettle campaign goal. The organization recently announced that it is more than $5.5 million away from its goal with donations down 15 percent from 2009. The campaign is facing a $400,000 goal deficit compared to this time last year.
In addition to the bell ringing competition, The Salvation Army will have its famous red kettles at Joe Louis Arena for four games this month (Dec. 13, 15, 19 and 22).
- In the Detroit News, Holland was also hopeful that one day the Wings would move to the Eastern Conference.
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