Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Back in 1994, during the first owners’ lockout, Red Wings fans were hockey-starved to say the least. I remember eventually attending a chunk of the Wings’ impromptu training camp at the Joe and being gobsmacked by—get this—Pavel Agarkov’s talent, and enjoying a, “Wow” moment as I stood on the Joe’s concrete floor as Scotty Bowman had the entire team taking a lap, and I remember feeling the ground beneath me shudder and shake as 20-some players skated to an elegant stop and Bob Errey stood six inches from my face on the other side of the boards… But my best “first lockout” memory involves Wayne Gretzky’s 99 All-Stars playing against the Detroit Vipers at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Mike Ilitch and Bill Davidson still couldn’t stand each other at the time, so Sergei Fedorov, Steve Yzerman and Paul Coffey had to skip the game, but their games against Jokerit Helsinki (rocking the purple-and-green day-glo uniforms) and several other European pro teams were televised on the CBC, and to h
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