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Introducing Hockey To China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ChinaDaily,

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the US embassy on Thursday organized "Hockey Night" for Chinese audience in Beijing, a week before the inaugural NHL China Games.

"Hockey Night" aimed to allow a larger audience to get to know the excitement of hockey while also introducing the popular NHL youth hockey program in China.

Former NHL player Kevin Westgarth attended the event, introducing his personal experience of playing hockey.

The NHL is promoting hockey with various programs throughout China, aiming to let more people experience the game.


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‘Three Things’: Zetterberg on the season ahead; a Ken Daniels book signing and charitable news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan noted that Henrik Zetterberg feels relatively optimistic regarding the Red Wings' 2017-18 season:

"A lot of guys always played the playoffs," Zetterberg said. "Even though it's been tighter and tighter, last five years we've had to basically play our way in, even lose our way in (in 2016), but we want to be there again.

"But it starts in October. You got to get your points early, you got to be in the race. You can't fall back. When we came back after the All-Star break, 25 games left, we basically had to win 21. You can't fall that far back. You have to be in the race and you got to get your points in October, November and December."

What makes Zetterberg think this season will be different? He cited the acquisition of Daley, a mobile, puck-moving defenseman who could help Danny DeKeyser return to form, and the belief that many players who regressed will rebound.

"Daley is going to help us a lot," Zetterberg said. "There's a lot of guys who didn't have their best years last year and hopefully we have a few bounce-back years. We have a lot of talent. We have a young team, so the future looks good, but we just got to take the steps. If we all take a step together we're going to be there fighting."

Khan continues...

2. If you are coming to training camp today, part 1, from the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

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Grand Rapids Griffins’ ‘Between the Benches’ video chronicles Calder Cup win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins wrapped up their "Between the Benches" series on Wednesday with a 17-minute behind-the-scenes clip from Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final:

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Alex Ovechkin statement on the Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Washington Capitals:

Below is a personal message written by Alex Ovechkin that he asked the Washington Capitals to release on his behalf:

"I wanted to make this statement so that my words are clear and nobody misunderstands what I am saying.  The Olympics are in my blood and everybody knows how much I love my country. Ever since I was a kid and all the time I have played in the NHL, NHL players have played in the Olympic Games. We never have to make choice between our team and our country my whole career. I love the Capitals and my teammates here as much as I love my country and I know all the other NHL players feel the same for their teams. We should not have to be in position to make this choice.

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  Tags: 2018+winter+olympics, alex+ovechkin, washington+captials

Catch-up post: Preparing for training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 12:11 AM: Of Red Wings-related note over the past two days, on a source-by-source basis:

A. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

1. We're starting with an out-of-town newspaper because the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey claims that the Red Wings are "receiving calls on" and are "looking to move" Riley Sheahan, which has yielded a spate of Sheahan-to-Pittsburgh rumors. I'll believe it when I see it, and not until then;

B. MLive:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Ken Holland regarding the scarcity of spots on the Wings' roster heading into training camp;

2. Khan also noted that the Wings' training camp roster is unbalanced this year:

The Detroit Red Wings unveiled a new wrinkle in how they're dividing up training camp teams this year.

They will still practice and scrimmage with three groups. But this year, all the regular players will be on one squad -- Team Delvecchio. The Red Wings will have 74 players on the ice Friday at the start of training camp in Traverse City.

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Trade Matt Duchene Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Duchene is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound manifestation of the most dysfunctional team in Denver sports. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made this mess.

But know what’s really messed up? The same as with many things related to operating a successful franchise, Sakic seems to have zero clue what to do about the festering Duchene situation.

Isn’t it obvious? Duchene must go. The relationship between Matty Ice and the Avs is so frosty it could send shivers down the spine of a whole army of White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”

Truth be known, Duchene should have been gone in February, when the NHL trade deadline passed with him in a Colorado uniform. It’s no secret he expected to be dealt for desperately needed help on the blue line during the summer.

read on

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Red Wings to offer free training camp admission to servicepeople, first responders on Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp and Centre Ice Arena will offer complimentary entrance to active military, veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel during the practice/scrimmage session on the camp’s opening day, Sept. 15.

The event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., will be held at Centre Ice Arena.

Qualified personnel should come to the main entrance of Centre Ice Arena the morning of Sept. 15 and show a military ID or service badge to be admitted as a guest on a first-come, first-served basis while tickets last. Doors open at 8:30 am. No advance complimentary tickets will be issued.

For qualified personnel who have already purchased a ticket for that day's event, they may show their ticket for Sept. 15 to admissions staff when they arrive and they will be provided a free ticket to either the Sept. 16 or 17 morning practice/scrimmage session while supplies last.

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The Wings Will Need “Elite Goaltending”

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

Blashill also emphasized the Wings goaltending situation is not as cut and dried as some have anticipated, with veteran Jimmy Howard as Detroit's number one goalie and Mrazek as his backup.

"I think there's a battle at every position every day. As I said, this is a day by day business," Blashill said. "This is what I know for sure if you look around the league, I don't know too many teams that have gotten away with playing just one goalie.

"Both goalies on most teams have had an impact on people's seasons and I anticipate both goalies will have an impact on our season. We need elite goaltending.

"We can't have OK goaltending, we need elite goaltending. I think both guys can give us elite goaltending. Jimmy (Howard) certainly did when he was healthy last year, he certainly gave me elite goaltending in the world championships. We're going to need elite goaltending."

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The New York Rangers Believe They Are In The Stanley Cup Mix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The words seemed to come easily to New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, not practiced or prepared, just honest and believable.

"We believe we can compete for the Stanley Cup," Vigneault said Thursday during his first press conference of the season.

Vigneault's words are reasonable, just. The Rangers have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for seven straight seasons, got to the Eastern Conference Second Round last season and have won six series in four seasons under Vigneault.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 35, is healthy and, according to Vigneault, looks lighter and younger.

"In my mind, he's still in the elite top-five goalies," Vigneault said, "and he wants to prove that."


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A Four-Year Deal For Marcus Foligno And The Minnesota Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 6:15pm, Minnesota release is below...

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