Abdelkader spent the entire 2008-09 and 09-10 seasons playing with the Griffins, but it’s positive for the 6-foot-1, 212-pound center and Red Wings alike that the only time he’ll see the inside of that locker room again will be in special trips, such as Tuesday’s intrasquad scrimmage.
The game in “Hockeytown West,” drew an impressive 10,1740 fans. It was the Red Wings first appearance in Grand Rapids since a practice in 2007, and their first scrimmage there since 2003.
“It’s always good to be back here, especially to play in front of a full crowd and see the support we have from West Michigan,” Abdelkader said. “It was really neat. Hopefully there will be more of these (in Grand Rapids) down the road.”
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