Owen loves hockey, but one thing he loves more than hockey itself is his favorite team, the Detroit Red Wings! Owen’s wish was to see the Red Wings in action. However, Make-A-Wish exceeded his wildest dreams by sending him to Detroit to personally meet and play hockey with the Red Wings!
Just getting to Detroit was half of the fun for Owen. He and his family were first chauffeured to the airport in a limousine. When they arrived to their flight, Owen was greeted with gifts and a personal tour of the plane with the captain!
When the big day arrived, Owen and his family were treated to another limousine ride to the Joe Louis Arena, where Owen was then invited by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to get to know the team in their locker room! Owen then got to skate on the ice with the team, play in a scrimmage, and lead the team in stretches.
Make-A-Wish had even more surprises in store for Owen. He sat shotgun on a Zamboni ride, was featured on the Detroit news, and got a haircut with his favorite player, Jimmy Howard! Before the day came to a close, Owen received autographs from each member of the team and a tour of the arena.
“Owen talks about how special he felt and how magical it was.” – Owen’s mother, Heidi
Finally, Owen and his family were treated to VIP-treatment at a Red Wings victory over the Los Angeles Kings. “We would again like to thank everyone who made this trip possible,” said Owen’s mom, Heidi. “We are forever grateful of the amazing gift you have given our son and our family.”