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Gordie Howe Is The Greatest Of Them All

Since Joe Pelletier asked, here are my memories of Gordie Howe…

Almost 44 years ago to the day (November 10th), I was there.

I witnessed Gordie Howe break the goal scoring record when he ripped a wrister against Montreal goaltender Charlie Hodge for goal #545.  The old Olympia shook from the foundations, a standing-O for what seemed like an eternity, it would build, die down a bit, then build once again.

I cried, why, because I too was relieved of the pressure Gordie was feeling.  He had gone scoreless for about six games and even his shoulders were starting to feel the burden.

I remember looking up in the rafters before the game, the Wings had tons of balloons up there, hoping to release them onto the ice if Gordie scored.  Well, released they did, but about half of them had deflated, and they rained down on the ice like a wounded duck.  It didn’t matter, fans started tossing anything they could, cups, hats, food, even a few pairs of shoes.

I shudder whenever I think of that day so let’s take a stroll down memory lane…

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Detroit Knows How to Find Diamonds

From Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

All these years later, considering that the likes of Holmstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg make up arguably the NHL’s best line this season, a casual hockey fan (not you, of course, dear reader) might figure the Winged Wheels had first dibs each of those years when it came time to selecting the game’s future stars.

But it was hardly the case. In fact, the Red Wings selected Masseurs Holmstrom, Zetterberg and Datsyuk so late in those respective drafts, it is nearly an embarrassment to the world’s international scouting brotherhood.

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The Right Man For The Job

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...When the Red Wings originally hired Mike Babcock away from the Anaheim Ducks to replace Dave Lewis, they did so knowing the inherent risk. Babcock was the antithesis of the low-key Lewis — he didn’t mind rattling a few cages and asserted his authority when necessary. That isn’t always a popular approach on a veteran team. The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling. They are grittier than they were two seasons ago; are more dogged and persistent in their fore-checking; and yet they retain a high skill level, a Red Wings’ characteristic for going on 15 years now.

much more NHL talk, a must read for NHL fans…

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Is Chris Osgood HOF Material?

from John Kreiser at NHL.com,

Osgood’s name doesn’t often come up in a discussion of potential Hall of Famers, but he’s going to force selectors to take a long look at him when he retires. Thursday night’s win gave him a career mark of 343-186-66, with 24 overtime losses. He has 43 shutouts, a career goals-against average of 2.44 and two Stanley Cup rings, including a 16-win performance in the run to the 1998 Cup. At age 34—he turns 35 on Nov. 26—Osgood easily could finish with more than 400 wins

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Wings Humming Along

from George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,

A child prodigy was brought before the great man, and the child proceeded to play passages on the piano written by the master himself. The maestro listened attentively. After the child had finished, Chopin is reported to have patted him on the head.

“You can play the notes,” he said kindly. “Someday, you may be able to play the music.”
Right now, the Wings are a symphony orchestra in full voice.

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The “One-Armed Bandit”

from the Windsor Star,

Budd Lynch feels like he’s been the kid peeking through the knothole in the outfield fence watching some of the greatest events and people of the past seven decades unfold.

In his biography, My Life, From Normandy to Hockeytown, Lynch tells a tale that starts with his humble beginnings in Windsor and makes a stop on the beaches of Normandy before touching on his work with bandleader Glenn Miller, broadcaster Mel Allen along with his own broadcasting career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Holland Always Worried About The Next Game

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

“For me, I’m scared coming to the rink every day,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “I’m already worried about Thursday night in Calgary. I’ve been living like that for three years.”

Scared? Worried? But Ken, the Wings are leading the Western Conference and riding a six-game win streak.

“We’ve found a lot of ways to win by a goal,” he told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

Holland may not want the attention, but the way in which the Red Wings continue to win merits a closer look.

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Holmstrom Sets Up Camp In Front Of The Net

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s hard to decide who is better in front of the goal crease—Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom or Colorado’s Ryan Smyth.

Both grinders make their livings in the high-traffic areas where collisions abound and tempers flare, with goalies and defencemen trying in vain to move them.

“They’re the best in the world at it,” said Detroit general manager Ken Holland.

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Willie Mitchell Not Pleased with Coach

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Defenceman Willie Mitchell chose his words carefully but it was clear Monday he was annoyed by the public criticism directed at him by coach Alain Vigneault following the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Some things should stay in the dressing room, Mitchell said.

“If people are unhappy with things, (as a) player you’d like to have that addressed,” he said. “You don’t like to hear about it through the media most of the time. That’s his way of motivating I guess.”

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Ted Lindsay Flashback

Joe Pelletier on the Legends of Hockey network,

No man on skates was ever too big or too tough for Ted Lindsay to challenge. At 5’8” and 160lbs he used his big stick and his fists to cut down some of the biggest meanest men in National Hockey League history.

He was known as Scarface or Terrible Ted. The scars on his rugged face represented his courage in his many on ice battles. How many scars he can’t tell you, because he lost count after 400 stitches.

continued…(*a look at Lindsay’s career and his role in forming the NHLPA)

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