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A well wisher signs a card for Mike Ilitch at Joe Louis Arena before an NHL hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Detroit. Billionaire businessman Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers died Friday. He was 87. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko skates past a tribute to Mike Ilitch painted on the ice at Joe Louis Arena before an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Detroit. Billionaire businessman Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers died Friday. He was 87. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Hank Stawasz holds a sign in a tribute to Mike Ilitch at Joe Louis Arena before an NHL hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Detroit. Billionaire businessman Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers died Friday. He was 87. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Joe Louis Arena building manager Al Sobotka drives an ice resurfacer past a tribute to Mike Ilitch painted on the ice in Detroit on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Ilitch's family said in a statement that he died Friday at a local hospital. He was 87. No other details were provided by family spokesman Doug Kuiper. Billionaire businessman Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

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People leave The Fox Theatre after paying their respects to Mike Ilitch during a public visitation at The Fox Theatre, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Ilitch, the billionaire businessman who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire and bought the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, died Friday, Feb. 10. He was 87. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)

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CORRECTS RED WINGS PLAYER TO VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, INSTEAD OF IGOR LARIONOV - FILE - In this June 17. 1998, file photo, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, center, hoists the Stanley Cup in Washington after the Red Wings won their second consecutive NHL championship. Vyacheslav Kozlov is at left. Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87. Ilitch, who was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at a hospital in Detroit, according to family spokesman Doug Kuiper. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press via AP)

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FILE- In an Oct. 18, 2012, file photo Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, left, and general manager Dave Dombrowski, lift the William Harridge Trophy after their team won the American League championship series against the New York Yankees at Game 4, in Detroit. Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, who founded the Little Caesars Pizza empire, has died. He was 87. Family spokesman Doug Kuiper says Ilitch died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at a hospital in Detroit. Ilitch and his wife opened their first Little Caesars restaurant in suburban Detroit in 1959, and the business eventually grew into the world's largest carry-out pizza chain. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum_FIle)

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FILE - In this June 17. 1998, file photo, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, center, hoists the Stanley Cup in Washington after the Red Wings won their second consecutive NHL championship. Igor Larionov is at left. Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87. Ilitch, who was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at a hospital in Detroit, according to family spokesman Doug Kuiper. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press via AP)

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FILE- In a file photo from Nov. 14, 2014, Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch listens during a news conference in Detroit. Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, who founded the Little Caesars Pizza empire, has died. He was 87. Family spokesman Doug Kuiper says Ilitch died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at a hospital in Detroit. Ilitch and his wife opened their first Little Caesars restaurant in suburban Detroit in 1959, and the business eventually grew into the world's largest carry-out pizza chain. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)