Lynch, a Wyandotte resident, started his career as the Wings’ play-by-play announcer in 1949 when he returned home from combat.
As luck would have it, the team won the Stanley Cup the first season he joined.
Lynch tried to retire twice, and was foiled both times. In 1975 he was brought back by Alex Delvecchio as the director of publicity; a second retirement attempt failed in the 1980s when Marian Ilitch, wife of owner Mike Ilitch, asked him to stay on.
Lynch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
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Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.
The veteran winger started last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.
Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.