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Howe On Orr

Tom Fitzgerald of the Boston Globe,

(This story first appeared in the Globe on Oct. 20, 1966)

The National Hockey League’s oldest star paid tribute to the game’s newest star Wednesday evening after the Bruins’ 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

“He’ll do, for sure,” was the at first reluctant appraisal Detroit’s 38-year-old Gordie Howe made of Boston’s rookie defenseman Bobby Orr.

Starting a record 21st campaign in the league, Howe is hampered by an injured knee which was in a cast during the training season.

Gordie stripped the remains of adhesive from the knee area as he contemplated the Orr performance, and what was more important to him, his own team’s loss.

“The kid’s all right,” the old boy said. “He anticipates well, he makes good passes, and I guess he does just about what you’d expect of a good defenseman.”

continued with Sid Abel too...

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One Last Opening Night At The Joe Louis Arena

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

To feel the essence of Joe Louis Arena, step into the hallway outside the Detroit Red Wings dressing room. Study the plain wooden plaques representing each team since owner Mike Ilitch bought the franchise in 1982, almost every team since the Joe opened in 1979.

Each is screwed into the cinderblock and features the Winged Wheel logo, the words "Detroit Red Wings," the years of the season, and the names of the executives, coaches, players and trainers. The bottom line is the record.

All the plaques since 1990-91 honor a team that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Four plaques honor teams that won the Cup, including two that clinched it at the Joe and paraded it on Detroit ice. The 2011-12 plaque honors the team that won an NHL-record 23 straight home games.

It isn't about aesthetics or amenities. It's about people and players and winning.

"From a player's perspective, it's a great arena to play in," Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman, whose No. 19 hangs in the rafters, once said. "It's a simple arena. It's got a good atmosphere."


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The Detroit Red Wings Keep Losing Players Via Waivers

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Red Wings wanted to slide Teemu Pulkkinen through waivers and back to Grand Rapids, their AHL affiliate, where the right-shot forward torched opposing goalies for 34 goals in 46 games in 2014-15. Pulkkinen did not make it to Grand Rapids, as Minnesota claimed the 24-year-old on Wednesday. Pulkkinen was just the latest in waivers casualties who were once Detroit property.

Just three days earlier, Carolina claimed Martin Frk. Last year, the Bruins nabbed Landon Ferraro before he cleared and could report to Grand Rapids. In 2014, Carolina claimed Andrej Nestrasil from the Wings on waivers.

Detroit GM Ken Holland’s philosophy is to bake his prospects, so to speak, in the AHL until they are ready for consumption in the NHL. One of the drawbacks is that it sometimes takes more than three years of AHL apprenticeship before Holland and his colleagues feel their prospects are ready. By then, they have to clear waivers to return to the AHL. Sometimes they don’t make it through.

more hockey topics...

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Video- Ben Bishop With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Did Danny DeKeyser call bank shot?


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Why Vanek was the ‘power play’ free-agency selection for Detroit

The fact the Detroit Red Wings were desperate for offensive options this summer was one of the most open secrets in NHL, but it's probably fair to say not many expected the franchise to sign Thomas Vanek. While the 32-year-old is coming off the back of a modest couple of seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Detroit feel as though a one-year contract worth $2.6 million was a very worthwhile risk to take after the Austrian was bought out of the final year of his deal. The Red Wings had been very interested in Alexander Radulov, who ended up signing for Montreal, but a late swoop for Vanek may end up looking like a very smart piece of business come the end of next season.

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Brad Richards Announces His Retirement

from the NHLPA,

Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons.

Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. The talented and highly skilled forward notched 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points over the course of his career. He also eclipsed the 100-point plateau in career playoff scoring, registering 105 points in 146 postseason games.

“I want to thank the fans and the five organizations I have played for: Tampa Bay, Dallas, and the three original six teams — the New York Rangers, Chicago, and Detroit. During my time with those teams I met many great people. I also want to thank the staff and management in those organizations for all the help and support they gave me. I appreciate all the trainers who did tireless work to help me play and keep me healthy. I had many amazing teammates and made many great friendships along the way that I truly appreciate, and I will never forget the great times we had together. Thank you to all my coaches for pushing, teaching and giving me the opportunity to play this great game. Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together,” said Brad Richards.


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Video- Have An Hour To Kill For Some ‘Magic’?

Caution, you may get dizzy. 

This is part one and I imagine part two is coming soon.

via awood40's YouTube page,


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Video- Pavel Datsyuk Will Be Missed

Pavel Datsyuk announced today he will retire from the NHL and will play in the KHL, no team mentioned at this point.

He will be missed by the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL.

Enjoy the 'Magic Man'.


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Evening Line- Bobby Orr On Gordie Howe

"I truly believe that you can't do what this man has done and stay as humble as he stayed and as nice as he stayed. Nobody has or will ever be that guy. It won't happen. There wasn't a pretentious bone in Gordie's body. He was a good man."

-Bobby Orr on Gordie Howe.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has much more from Orr.

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An Emotional Mark Howe On His Father

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

After Gordie Howe's funeral ended and the dignitaries filed out of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday, Howe's son Mark stood outside, weary and emotional.

Gordie had died Friday at age 88 after a long battle with dementia, strokes and other ailments. The family had received visitors for more than 12 hours during a public visitation at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday. Now it was over, and family and friends were headed to a private luncheon.

"It's just hard, no matter how much you know this day is coming," Mark Howe said. "I'm extremely thankful that Dad was able to hang on so long at the end. I really wanted to be with him. I was rubbing his forehead when he went, and …"

Mark broke down.

"I'm sorry," he said.

A security guard put a hand on Mark's shoulder. Reporters told Mark he had said enough.

"No," Mark said. "I'm OK."


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