WXYZ - Former Red Wings Kris Draper and Chris Osgood were among players, officials and fans who took cover during Friday night's tornado emergency in Oklahoma City.
The retired players work in the team's front office and they traveled to Oklahoma City for the American Hockey League playoff game between Grand Rapids Griffins and Oklahoma City Barons. The Griffins are a minor league affiliate of the Red Wings.
Draper and the others spent about 45 minutes in the parking garage below ground until the all clear was given by authorities.
"They didn't hesitate to take us downstairs right away," Draper said. "When the locals are taking it serious you go right downstairs."
The home locker room and other areas of the Cox Convention Center suffered severe leaking and flooding during the storm and the decision was ultimately made to postpone the game.
Once the all clear was given Draper saw evidence of the storm from his view from inside the arena.
"The rains coming down, the wind's still blowing, it's non-stop lightning." said Draper. "It's still coming down pretty good but obviously the tornado warning has passed and from what we heard, it was pretty close to where we were."
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