A Brief History
Not only was the outdoor venue a notable first, but the opponents of the Red Wings were also inmates of the Marquette Branch Prison! The prisoners gave their team the apropos name of “Pirates,” but unfortunately for the convicts, their hockey team was not up to NHL standards.
The Red Wings won the game by a score of 18 to nothing, but that was the score after the first period and no scorekeeping was done in the next two periods. Legend has it that Detroit General Manager Jack Adams agreed to the game as a favor to a pair of inmates that had been members of the notorious Purple Gang.
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