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Photo Gallery: Former Red Wings Host Grind Line Hockey School in Troy

Kris Draper, Darren McCarty and Kirk Maltby draw 135 young skaters to the Troy Sports Center for their four-day camp.

Tuesday marked the second day of classes at the Grind Line Hockey School hosted by at the .

"They have a lot of energy out there," said former Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper, who is headlining the four-day hockey camp with his former teammates Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty. "My 9-year-old son slept well last night."

Draper, co-owner of CORE Sports Fitness, has hosted four hockey camps. This week's camp is the first with his former teammates.

About 135 skaters, ages 6-13, attended the camp, which runs through Thursday. Campers learn about skating, passing, puck handling and shooting. The three former Red Wings are assisted by professional trainers.

Draper said Mark Cadotte and Andy Paquette are leading much of the instruction on the ice, which allows him and his former teammates to spend more time interacting with the skaters.

"Now that the three of us are retired, there may be an opportunity to do clinics in the season as well," he said.

McCarty said they had talked about putting on a camp together in the past, but hadn't moved forward with the idea until after Draper announced his retirement from the NHL in July. Maltby announced his retiement in October 2010, and McCarty in December 2009.

"It seemed like a no brainer with the three of us because how close we are," McCarty said.

Maggi Campbell August 24, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Way to go Kris getting things going with your fellow 'former' team mates. Always thinking about others, what a great human being you are. Proud to say I've met you and shook your hand. Your future is going to be so appreciated by all of the people you come in contact with, especially all the kids who dream of being a Red Wing. Keep up the good work. Go Wings Go!!
Jack Baker August 27, 2011 at 02:30 AM
CLASS ACT KRIS ENJOY YOUR NEW JOB GOOD LUCK BUDDY. GO WING'S GO
Jack Baker August 27, 2011 at 02:33 AM
I STILL WISH WE STILL HAD THE GRIND LINE AND BOBBY PROBERT RIP BUDDY. LOVE THE WING'S.

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