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The Red Wings' History of Game Show Appearances

Look, the puck is at the Price's right!  Oh, banner pic puns, don't ever leave me.
Look, the puck is at the Price's right! Oh, banner pic puns, don't ever leave me.

Yesterday, in the interests of drumming up excitement for the upcoming Winter Classic and the NHL in general among jobless slackers and retired octegenarians alike, veterans Jeremy Roenick, Alex Ovechkin, and Sidney Crosby appeared on a taped segment of CBS' long-standing game show 'The Price is Right'.  Unfortunately, the spirit of Glen Sather attacked the contestants and they both ended up grossly overbidding on mid-value talent.

Little does Red Wings nation know that this is not the first time current players have been invited onto game shows to drum up interest, this is just the first segment which has actually been allowed to air.  The Red Wings have a long history of taping episodes for game shows which have unfortunately not been allowed to see the light of day, thanks to a certain commissioner stepping in at the last minute and reminding everybody that, as far as American television is concerned, the NHL is made up of exactly two teams.

Join us after the jump for a breakdown of the appearances that were ready to go before Bettman put the kibosh on them.

August 14th, 2002:  In the Donny Osmond-hosted revival of what was last known as the $100,000 Pyramid, Tomas Holmstrom attends a taping to take advantage of the Wings' recent Stanley Cup victory.  Unfortunately, the show ends in disaster, as none of Holmstom's partners can understand a word he's saying and nobody wins any money.  When asked to explain what happened, Holmstrom told reporters "Oh yeah, you know, for sure, it was...uhhh... for sure [garbled]."

July 7th, 2004: While not technically with the Red Wings at that point, the producers of Hollywood Squares, struggling to find anybody willing to go on, invited defenseman Brad Stuart to sit in the top middle square and entertain the crowds.  Taping of this episode became a nightmare around the fifth time that Tom Bergeron had to make Brad go back to his own square while explaining that he can only go for the block when he's called upon.  The entire thing fell apart though when he got into a fistfight with show producer Whoopi Goldberg about how exactly a circle gets a square.

October 1st, 2007: While taping an episode of 'Deal or No Deal' Jiri Hudler has the Banker on the ropes with only the $500,00 and $1,000,000 briefcases still in play, when suddenly, before the Banker can offer him anything, Hudler leaves the set to appear on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'

September 14, 2008: Darren Helm is single-handedly held responsible for ruining the taping of a pilot episode for a new version of 'Press Your Luck' when, upon his turn, he shouts the contestant tagline "BIG BUCKS, NO WHAMMIES, NO WHAMMIES, NO WHAMMIES" consecutively for ten hours.  When asked by host Todd Newton if he was ever going to hit the plunger, Helm quizzically responded with "Sorry, I don't know how to stop."  The taping was canceled and the show never made it back on air.

August 1st, 2010: In an episode that actually did air, Pavel Datsyuk made it onto a showing of 'Let's Make a Deal'.  Unfortunately, nobody recognized the man in the robot suit, even when he introduced himself to Wayne Brady as a points machine.  Datsyuk walked away from the taping with the $1,000 in the envelope he was given, the grand prize behind door #2, and a wallet containing $54 in cash and all of Wayne Brady's credit cards. To this day, nobody can explain how he did it.

July 23rd, 2009: Chris Osgood attends a taping of hit show 'Jeopardy!', but fails to get a single question right and explodes on set while complaining that he knows all of the answers, just that his buzzer isn't working right.  The episode never airs after producers are unable to cut enough of the shirtless rampage that Osgood goes on after Trebek tells him that whether or not a contestant is called upon is related directly to his reflexes in pushing the button and that it's not his fault that Osgood isn't faster than a geriatric housewife and a fey, unathletic ginger grad student.

June 28th, 2007:  In the last year of the show's existence, Soon-to-be free agent Todd Bertuzzi, who had finished the playoffs recently with the Red Wings went on an episode of Game Show Network's fun word contest 'Lingo', where contestants guess five-letter words to win cash and prizes.  Unfortunately, Todd's partner walked off set in disgust after learning that Todd Bertuzzi only knows four-letter words.

[Author's Note: I had this all written up before I realized that Down Goes Brown had written a post on the same theme about two weeks ago.  Not wanting to be like the Toronto Sun, I emailed him to make sure posting this wouldn't earn me a call from his lawyers and got the go-ahead.  If you weren't already aware of his work, I highly recommend it.  He's easily the most intentionally hilarious hockey writer out there.]