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Canadian sports television network TSN has a crew in Marquette working on a documentary about a visit by the Detroit Red Wings in February of 1954. The Wings faced a team of inmates from the Marquette State Prison in the first outdoor hockey match ever played by an National Hockey League team. The Red Wings also played an indoor exhibition against the semi-pro Marquette Sentinels.
The TV crew interviewed former Sentinel Bucky O’Neill about the game, and has also talked with Ted Lindsay, who was Detroit’s captain in 1954. None of the prisoners who played in the game are still alive.
TSN hopes to have the film ready to show on or around New Year’s Day in place of this year’s NHL Winter Classic, which has been canceled because of the ongoing labor dispute.
The Red Wings were supposed to play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the game at University of Michigan stadium in Ann Arbor.
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