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Evening Line- Jimmy Devellano

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Vladimir Konstantinov Today

from Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press,

Vladimir Konstantinov, a former Detroit Red Wings defenseman, picked out the shirt and tie he will wear on Saturday night when he is inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

“He is very excited about Saturday,” James Bellanca Jr., Konstantinov’s longtime lawyer and friend, said. “He knows something special is happening. Whether he can comprehend the meaning of it, I don’t know.”

And that’s the part that breaks your heart.

Konstantinov is one of the most beloved athletes in Detroit sports history. He was known as the Vladinator, a tough, physical defender from Russia, who helped the Wings win the 1997 Stanley Cup, ending a 42-year drought.

But he also is one of the most tragic athletes in Detroit sports history, after suffering a career-ending, life-threatening spinal cord injury in a limo crash, just six days after winning the Cup.

Twenty-two years later, Konstantinov lives in a condo in West Bloomfield, where he gets the best care available. His wife and daughter live in Florida but visit regularly. He requires 24-hour assistance from a team of caregivers, who have been with him for years. “I think he’s happy,” Bellanca said. “There are three or four ladies who take care of him, most of whom have been with him for 18 or 20 years. Those ladies are wonderful. They treat him like their child.”

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2019 Kraft Hockeyville USA Is Tonight

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 26, 2019 – NBC Sports takes hockey fans to the world’s oldest in-use indoor ice arena tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues face the Detroit Red Wings in the 2019 Kraft Hockeyville USA from Calumet Colosseum in Calumet, Mich.

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Preseason Hockey Coming To Calumet Michigan

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

The town of Calumet, Michigan, is so synonymous with hockey, it boasts the oldest indoor ice arena in North American and is considered the birthplace of professional hockey.

Built in 1913, Calumet Colosseum has withstood a lot in its more than 100 years of existence but received much-needed upgrades as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019.

Hundreds of communities entered, but Calumet was selected and awarded $150,000 in rink upgrades and will receive $10,000 worth of new equipment from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund in addition to hosting a preseason NHL game between the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

"It's phenomenal. Everybody's talking about Hockeyville and this rink," rink manager Mark Peters said. "Everyone in this community has a smile on their face. We're really excited for this. Everybody's going to be able to see the changes in the rink. The sheet of ice is incredible right now."

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A Dedicated Man Leaves For Edmonton

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Ken Holland had two passions: working for the Detroit Red Wings and being an NHL general manager. He knew the day was coming when he would have to choose between them.

He made the hard choice when he left the Red Wings to become GM of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Time will tell if it was the right one for him and his new team.

The easy choice would have been to stay in Detroit. Holland loved the Red Wings. He spent most of his adult life working for them, rising from western Canada scout to GM, helping to build the most successful team of its time.

He's loyal. He stepped aside so the Red Wings could replace him with Steve Yzerman on April 19, because he felt it was the right thing to do for the organization. Had he wanted to, he could have stayed in his new role as senior vice president indefinitely, a Red Wing for life.

"It's tough," he said at his introductory press conference in Edmonton on Tuesday. "I'm 63 years old, and I've been a Red Wing for 36 years."

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Remembering Red Kelly

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

It was last June, at an event to celebrate the Hockey Hall of Fame's 75th anniversary and the 25 years at its current Toronto location, that the full impact of Red Kelly's career and life was on display.

Kelly, along with fellow Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, each sat at a table with admirers lined up to greet them.

"It was amazing," Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said in a phone interview Thursday. "Red and Ted were at two tables next to each other at dinner and there were lineups of guys wanting to talk to them. They were like rock stars."

Those waiting to meet and greet Kelly and Lindsay weren't fans or groupies. They were fellow Hall of Famers like Bobby Clarke and Serge Savard. And they all were in awe of the two men sitting in front of them.

"It was an incredible scene," McDonald said. "I mean, what better endorsement can you have? All the men in that room were some of the best that had ever played the game. And they acted like kids getting to meet their hockey heroes for the first time.

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Red Kelly Has Passed Away

Statement from the Kelly Family via the Detroit Red Wings

Hockey legend Red Kelly passed away this morning in Toronto at the age of 91. Red was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather and was tremendously proud of his many hockey accomplishments. He was very moved by decades of love and support from Red Wings fans and was humbled to have his jersey retired earlier this year. We are comforted in knowing that he impacted so many people both at and away from the rink and know that his life will be celebrated. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized.

added 2:14pm, Statement from Gary Bettman below.

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Dan Bylsma Could Be A Head Coach Candidate For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Dan Bylsma has directed a team to a Stanley Cup championship and has a connection with general manager Chuck Fletcher, making him a candidate for the Flyers’ coaching job.

How strong of a candidate?

Fletcher won’t say....

It would be ironic if he was hired because Bylsma was despised by Flyers fans when he coached the hated Penguins.

Remember when Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Bylsma “gutless” after he put his tough guys on the ice and a melee ensued in the waning minutes of a 6-4 Flyers’ win in 2012? In that same game, Laviolette got into a shouting match with Bylsma and Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato – the incensed Flyers’ coach waved a stick at them and tried to cross the partition between the benches after Danny Briere was taken down by a Penguin — and was subsequently fined $10,000 by the NHL.

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Video- Morning Line, Mickey Redmond On The NHLPA And Ted Lindsay’s Funeral

Last night and I agree.

 

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The Current Tampa Bay Lightning Or The Detroit Red Wings From The 1995-96 Season

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

When Red​ Wings executive Jimmy​ Devellano​ watches​ the Lightning​ from​ his​ lower-bowl​ seats​ at​ Amalie​​ Arena, it’s like taking a trip through time.

There’s the Canadian-born captain determined to end a decade-long quest for the Stanley Cup.

The Norris Trophy-winning defenseman from Sweden who can control a game.

The dynamic Russian forward making magic every night.

Yes, this Lightning team looks an awful lot like the mid-1990s Red Wings juggernaut that Devellano helped build as the former general manager. So it’s no surprise to him that Tampa Bay is chasing the 1995-96 Detroit team that won 62 games (and a record 131 points).

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