Detroit Red Wings hosting viewing party for ESPN documentary ‘Unrivaled’

The Detroit Red Wings will host a viewing party of ESPN’s E60 documentary, ‘Unrivaled: Red Wings v. Avalanche’ at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, June 25.

A panel discussion with Red Wings alumni will follow the the documentary screening at 6 pm The event is free but space is limited. Here’s the link to reserve a spot.

Claude Lemieux of the Colorado Avalanche and Darren McCarty of the Detroit Red Wings mix it up in 1997.

Unrivaled examines the bad blood between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche that led to one of the NHL’s fiercest rivalries.

The documentary features interviews with Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Mike Vernon, Scotty Bowman, Steve Yzerman, and Vladimir Konstantinov, as well as Colorado’s Adam Foote, Claude Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Marc Crawford, Mike Ricci, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg.

ESPN will air the documentary the following night on June 26.

Wings sign goalie Olkinuora

The Red Wings officially signed Finnish goaltender Jussi Olkinuora to a one-year contract on Thursday.

A native of Helsinki, Olkinuora won a gold medal with Finland at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, making one relief appearance as the backup to former Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Harri Sateri.

United States goalie Jeremy Swayman, left, speaks with Finland's Jussi Olkinuora after Finland won 4-3 in the semifinals of the world hockey championships in Tampere, Finland.

Olkinuora also won gold at the 2022 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, finishing with a perfect 8-0 record and a tournament-best 1.11 goals-against average along with a 0.948 save percentage and four shutouts.

He was selected as the tournament’s MVP and top goaltender and was also named to the All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. Additionally, Olkinuora won a silver medal at the 2021 world championship and a gold medal at the 2019 edition.

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