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10-21-2011, 04:45 PM
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The Wings have always done a great job with Charity events like at Children's Hospital, Toast of Hockeytown, etc. They did not however do great when it came to general fan interaction after the back to back cup wins. The team was so popular they didn't really need to.

Prior to the original cup wins you could go down before the games and stand by the player parking lot and get autographs (even if you didn't have a ticket), had the fan fests, had free or low cost autograph events, had the player dinner where you could go have dinner with the team and get autos. Most of that dried up in the 2000s. Which was fine and dandy when the team had established franchise faces like Yzerman, Feds, Shanny, Lids, Konstantinov, etc. When they retired however the franchise really felt the disconnect with fans. It is one of the reasons why attendance drop (ticket prices and the lockout being the other). It took awhile to get people to identify with Datsyuk, Kronwall, Zetterberg etc. Wilson is doing a great job getting the Wings players back into the hearts of fairweather Wing's fans, and continueing the great charitable duties the Wings have carried out for quite awhile now.

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