Fans celebrate NHL and players' deal by lining up for hours to get into Red Wings practice

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Red Wings are back on the ice, one day after the NHL and the and the player association signed their new collective bargaining agreement.

The team has invited fans to come to its training camp practices this week. 

Many lined up hours before the noon practice on Sunday, eager to get their fill of Red Wings Hockey.

"I have to go back to college tomorrow, so I have to see them now," said Katie Gubachy of Livonia.

She and her boyfriend Jake Turchan showed up at Compuware Arena three hours before practice started to ensure they got good seats. They were first in line.

"We love the Red Wings," said Turchan.

Others waited outside in the parking lot, hoping for a glimpse of Red Wings players arriving for practice.  Some of them got autographs.

The Detroit Red Wings will allow fans to watch practices leading up to the season opener for free. 

The next practice is scheduled for noon on Monday at Compuware Arena.  On Tuesday there will also be a practice at 9:30 a.m. at the Compuware Arena, and a special Red vs. White Game at 6:00 p.m.

During the Red vs. White game the Red Wings American Hockey League-affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, will play with the Wings NHL players.  If you want to go to that game, doors to Compuware Arena will open at 5:00 p.m.

The Red Wings will take a day off on Wednesday. 

Training camp will then move to Joe Louis Arena where there will be practices at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, and at noon on Friday. Thursday is the first time Joe Louis will be made available to the Wings. The facility has been tied up with commitments related to the North American International Auto Show.

The Wings will play their first game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in St. Louis.

Detroit's first home game is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Jan. 22, versus the Dallas Stars. 

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Jan. 17, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  You can find the schedule here.

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