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Jeff Petry Returns to his Roots with Red Wings

By Jason Berndt

Jeff Petry is returning to the place he grew up and playing for the team he grew up watching.  The Detroit Red Wings acquired Jeff Petry from the Montreal Canadiens to help bolster their blue line in what has been a dramatic overhaul to the roster this offseason.

The 35-year-old lives in Ann Arbor, as he joins Alex DeBrincat as the second player added this offseason to join the Red Wings who lives in the state of Michigan.  However, Petry’s roots to Detroit go much deeper.  His father is Dan Petry, a pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers over the course of 11 seasons boasting a 3.84 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 957 strikeouts in 306 games.  He was a major contributor to the Tigers in 1984 as part of their last World Series championship team.  Dan Petry continues his work in Detroit today, as part of the Tigers broadcast team on Bally’s Sports.  He couldn’t be more thrilled for his son to return home. “You get a chance to watch your son play for the team that he grew up idolizing, with, of course, that iconic jersey,” Dan Petry said, via Bally Sports Detroit. “It’s going to be very, very special. Hopefully I can get to a lot of games.”

  Jeff Petry will wear number 46, which is the same number his father wore while donning the old English D.  Petry was traded twice this Summer, as he was a part of the three-team trade that landed Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson in Pittsburgh.  Petry now joins Moritz Seider, Olli Maatta, Shayne Gostisbehere, Ben Chiarot, and Jake Walman on the blue line for the upcoming season. The Red Wings will begin training camp September 21. 

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