I was among the lucky people who got to witness the final game at the Joe Louis Arena last night, to soak in the atmosphere and to watch hockey in one of the best arenas in the world built for the purpose of doing just that. I choked up during Hank's ceremony, and when the HUGE octopus hit the ice to finish the anthem. I choked up another half-dozen times in that bowl, the last time as the crowd sang along to Journey as the lights came up for a final time.
I'd love to have some postgame quotes from the players or executives, or some photos from behind the scenes, but I don't. I got to finish out the Joe Louis Arena the only way I ever could have wanted: as a fan.
As I checked back into WIIM this morning and read the comments from the fans who share our site like it's their own home for the Red Wings, again I feel that lump swelling in my throat. I feel blessed that we got to be around for such an amazing run for an arena that we loved so much; I look forward to building the memories of future Red Wings greatness in the new digs too. Most of all, I want to thank the members and staff of Winging It In Motown for helping us build something of our own virtual arena in which to share our love for these Detroit Red Wings.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Without you, none of this would be worth it.