The Red Wings will be joined a few special guests as they trek through the Sunshine State this weekend.
You see, this is the annual father-son road trip for Mike Babcock’s team, something to liven up the mood amongst a grueling 82 game season.
“I like it because I get to know more about my players,” Babcock said in a press conference earlier this week with an ear-to-ear grin.
For Dean Miller, father of forward Drew Miller, it will mark the second such trip to Florida in as many weeks. Mr. Miller was on the road with Drew’s brother Ryan and the Buffalo Sabres as they visited Tampa and Sunrise last week.
“With Ryan as the goaltender, the trip is a little more stressful with him,” Miller said.
Despite being injured, Mike Modano’s dad will be on the trip. Modano hopes to return to the lineup before the end of the month.
“He’s originally from Boston,” Modano said of his dad. “You know how Boston fans are about their hometown teams,” Modano said. “He’s a big Bruins fan, growing up in that era of Bobby Orr and those guys. He’s always been a little bit of a hockey buff, and obviously a Celtics and Red Sox fan.”
The trip is not exclusive to fathers, as Patrick Eaves has a family friend filling in for his pop, currently the head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team. In Dan Cleary’s case, his father hasn’t forgotten about the one time he was left behind.”
“He missed one trip, when I took my brother and he was devastated,” Cleary recalled.
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