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Talking With Frank Mahovlich

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Imagine being a kid from Northern Ontario, who played hockey, lived hockey and idolized Rocket Richard, and you get called up as a teenager for your first NHL game. And there you are, at Maple Leaf Gardens, all set to face the iconic Montreal Canadiens.

This isn’t a children’s book.

This was Frank Mahovlich’s life.

“Howie Meeker was the coach and, before the game, he looked at me and said ‘You’ll be checking Rocket Richard tonight, ‘A ” the great Mahovlich, now 83 years old, said in a rare and lengthy interview.

“I’m 19 at the time. I think Rocket was 38. I’d read so many books on him. The first time I’m on the ice, Meeker tells me, ‘Don’t let him get away, he’s too dangerous.’

“I’m right beside Rocket at the red line. And everything I knew about him was, if he got the puck at the red line, we were finished. I panicked, of course. I was bigger than him. I wrapped both my arms around him and held on. He got a little frustrated. At one point, we were so close together his nose was touching mine.

“A ‘Let go, kid,’ Richard said.

“And I’m thinking, ‘Rocket Richard just spoke to me. He spoke to me.’

“A ‘Yes Mr Richard,’ I said, and I let him go.”


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Mike Green Plans To Retire

from Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic,

It’s over and out for Mike “Game Over” Green, the high-scoring defenseman who set records and electrified crowds in Washington during the Capitals’ “Rock the Red” rise.

Green told The Athletic, in an exclusive interview via phone from his home in suburban Calgary this week, that he intends to retire after a 15-year career that also made stops in Detroit and, briefly, Edmonton.

At 34 years old, Green is healthy and still has some hockey left in him. But he gained a new perspective on life during the NHL’s COVID-19 stoppage.

“Being an athlete isn’t the only part of who I am,” Green said. “I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle. I’ve been very fortunate to turn my passion into my profession, but at this point in my life, I’m considering other things that I feel called to do.”

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Morning Line- Ken Holland

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Evening Line- Jeff Blashill

“Obviously everyone is trying to get every edge they can, and sometimes when you try to get every edge, you can cross the line. But I don’t think there’s any edge to be gained where somebody would be crossing the line in hockey.

“You put people in spots where you’re paid to everything you can to win, but yet you can’t cross the line. In life, integrity is looking in the mirror, and we call have to look in the mirror and answer to ourselves here.

“I just know, in the hockey perspective, I don’t see anything like that (cheating), I really don’t. We have a bunch of guys with a bunch of integrity, doing it the best way they can without going over the top.”

-Jeff Blashill, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News.

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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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