DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice for the first time since the NHL lockout Sunday — holding an open practice for the fans at Compuware Arena.

Tim Vaneckoute of Grosse Pointe enjoyed the practice — not too upset over the lockout.

“I think hockey fans are hockey fans, and yeah, I was a little disappointed about it but the reality is – hockey is hockey and if you like the game, you’ll find a game no matter where it is,” said Vaneckoute.

Glenn Scalia of Livonia says he’s a long time fan of the Wings and although he’s disappointed by the lockout, he’ll still go to games.

“I think they’ll be very competitive – they’ll be a little bit of a changeover – just enough veterans scattered in the line-up – they should still do pretty well,” said Scalia.

The Wings’ practices are open to the public all week for free. A game against the Grand Rapids Griffins will be held Tuesday night at Compuware Arena.  They open the season January 19 at St. Louis.

The Red Wings are offering discounts on merchandise and concessions early on in the abbreviated season and no fees on ticket purchases.

Click HERE to see what the Boston Bruins are offering fans.


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