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McCarty to host Red Wings-Avalanche “Bloody Wednesday” viewing party

Nov 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Give the Detroit Red Wings credit — they’re presenting fans the opportunity to watch hockey.

On Wednesday at Detroit’s PB’s Sports Grille, former Wings tough guy Darren McCarty and current play-by-play man Ken Kal will host a viewing party where folks can watch the infamous “Bloody Wednesday” (or, “Fight Night at the Joe”) 1997 regular season game between the Wings and Avs.

The game occurred on Wednesday, Mar. 26, roughly 10 months after Colorado forward Claude Lemieux did this to Detroit’s Kris Draper in the ’96 Western Conference final:

Draper suffered a broken jaw, shattered cheek and orbital bone which required reconstructive surgery — his jaw also ended up being wired shut.

Lemieux received a two-game suspension for the hit, returning to the lineup for Colorado’s eventual Stanley Cup victory.

Following the incident, Colorado and Detroit met three times during the 1996-97 regular season before the infamous March affair, which went a little something like this:

The game was arguably McCarty’s defining moment in a Wings uniform (the argument, of course, is this goal.)

In addition to administering the frontier justice Kal later called “the turning point” of Detroit’s season, McCarty also scored the OT winner on Patrick Roy.

All told, the Red Wings and Avalanche combined to produce nine fights, 11 goals and record 148 penalty minutes in the game.

Fore more info on the viewing party, click here.

  1. tridecagon - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Doesn’t the league control rights to that video? I’d love to see what happens if Bettman tries to rain on this parade.

  2. bensawesomeness - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I kid you not, i just watched this game on Saturday night, i have it on DVD
    Great game

  3. taytay099 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I love when Roy skates out to defend Claude and then Shanahan slams into him and stops him dead in his tracks. That was great.

    • michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Shanny’s flying leap would make Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka proud.

  4. sampulls - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    One of the greatest rivalries in NHL history.

  5. redwingsfan999 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    One of the best rivalries in the NHL, I can watch that 97 game any day

  6. tsrblue - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    A night I will never forget,loved when Mike Vernon kicked Roy’s ass

  7. michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    The radio play by play with Ken Kal that night was unbelieveable. “Roy with left, Roy with a right, AHHHH, VERNON WITH A RIGHT HAND, HAS CAUGHT PATRICK ROY! Poor Mickey Redmond. He was in the elevator going down to ice level for intermission interviews when all this started and he could only hear the crowd. He got to ice level and saw McCarty giving it to Lemuiex.

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