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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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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Honor Ted Lindsay

A moment of silence for Ted Lindsay.


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One Tough Man

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

At the end of the season, if you’re the best player in the NHL, the trophy they give you is named after Ted Lindsay. That’s all you really need to know. He won four Stanley Cups and once led the league in scoring, was a Red Wings general manager and briefly their coach, and those accomplishments don’t begin to tell this guy’s story. Compact and powerful, he never grew beyond 5 foot 8, and by the time he reached his 90s, old age had stooped him even more. But no one stood taller than Ted Lindsay in the world of hockey.

No one.

And now that he has passed away, he hovers above the game for real.

Throw the switch. Close down the plant. The Production Line is finally at rest. Sid Abel departed at age 81 and Gordie Howe made it until 88. Lindsay was the last to go, living to within four months of his 94th birthday before passing away Monday at his home in Oakland Township. No surprise he got the longevity prize. Ted, in his way, was always the toughest.

“I liked the corners,” he once told the media, and the only players who say that are the ones unafraid of a fight. Lindsay was not only unafraid, he looked forward to the contact.


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Afternoon Line- Chris Chelios On Ted Lindsay

“Every player should be thanking their lucky stars there was someone like Ted Lindsay to start that Players Association and make it great for all of us down the road. It’s hard. It’s politics. He always said he hated politics. He stood up. What he did, he should be honored forever, and every player in the league should get to know Ted Lindsay’s story and what he meant to the NHL and the Players Association.”

-Chris Chelios.  Ansar Khan of Mlive has more.

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