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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening, in short form:

1. In the prospect department, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji engages in an "encounter" with Dennis Cholowski at the summer development camp;

2. Also in the prospect department, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin went from a healthy scratch to playing 13:04 and going 6-and-5 in the faceoff dot in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;

3. Regarding the prospect tournament and main training camp, Centre Ice Arena posted something of a primer in their monthly email newsletter, and according to the newsletter, all active and former military servicemembers and EMS, fire and police officers get free admission to the first day of training camp on September 23rd;

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Wings post Petr Mrazek’s 2016-17 mask art

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From the Red Wings...

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Gordie Howe’s final tour

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The Canadian Press updates the news regarding Gordie Howe and Colleen Howe's ashes being interred near the Saskatoon statue of Mr. Hockey:

Howe's son, Marty, has said some of his father's ashes will be spread in Michigan’s Bear Lake, where a similar service was held for Colleen after her death in 2009.

Howe spent the bulk of his stellar career with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

"His favourite spots are going to have my mom and dad, and Saskatoon was one of them," Marty Howe said.

Saskatoon spokeswoman Catherine Gryba explained at the time of the request that the city would take appropriate steps to safeguard and respect the ashes. They are to be encased in a special concrete vessel with a commemorative plaque on top to protect them.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Unveil Their 50th Anniversary Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think, I sort of like it but the colors do clash a bit.

See below for pics/vid...

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Blake Wheeler Named Captain Of The Winnipeg Jets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jet Hockey Club announced today that Blake Wheeler will be the club’s new captain with Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele serving as alternate captains.

Wheeler, 30, has been with the organization for the past seven seasons, serving the last three years as an alternate captain to Andrew Ladd. Wheeler has become one of the NHL’s top forwards, finishing tied for sixth in league scoring in 2015-16 with 78 points (26G, 52A). The native of Plymouth, Minn. has been in the NHL for nine seasons, playing for the Jets, Thrashers and Boston Bruins. Over his career, he has 440 points (173G, and 267A) in 615 career NHL games. Wheeler is fourth all-time in franchise scoring with 330 points (123G, 207A) in 394 games. Blake signed a six-year contract extension with the Jets in 2013.

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Red Wings reveal 5 new jersey numbers

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From the Red Wings:

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‘The Draft Analyst’ praises Filip Hronek’s Four Nations Cup performance

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The Under-20 Four Nations Cup just wrapped up in the Czech Republic, and Filip Hronek captained the Czech team to a silver medal taken against the Swedes. Via DRW Prospects on Twitter, "The Draft Analyst," Steve Kournianos, weighed in on the prospects who took part in the tournament, Hronek included.

Here's what Kournianos had to say about Hronek:

LHD Filip Hronek (DET 2nd/2016): You’ll have to excuse us if we sound like a broken record, but boy can Hronek play the game of hockey. After an impressive WJC as a draft-year eligible, Hronek was the Czech Republic’s best player of any position, logging the most minutes in every situation. He made multiple impressive plays per game, and even strung together half-periods of defensive-zone dominance. Not bad for a kid listed right at six feet, but don’t even thjnk for a moment that he’s the same scrawny kid we saw at the same U20 Four Nations last August. The increase in upper body strength was evident in both his ability to pin and hold, and fend off opponents while on the move. The Red Wings have a dandy on their hands, and they’ll get to see more of him when he suits up for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Frans Nielsen’s busy helping Denmark qualify for the 2018 Olympics

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USA Today's Kevin Allen lists Frans Nielsen as one of 10 NHL players whose performances will be pivotal to their teams' successes...

3. Frans Nielsen (Detroit Red Wings): With Pavel Datsyuk now in the Kontinental Hockey League, the Red Wings need Nielsen to be a significant offensive contributor as a No. 2 center.

And Nielsen is spending this week and the next helping Denmark qualify for the 2018 Olympics. He spoke with DR.dk's Aleksandar Josevski and Frederik Lindved regarding his particularly busy schedule of late, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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Osgood reunited with first goalie coach in Saginaw

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File this one under a "neat story": the Saginaw News's Hugh Bernreuter reports that Chris Osgood's status as a part-owner of the Saginaw Spirit has yielded a reunion of sorts with his first goalie coach:

Phil Myre spent 10 days in Alberta, watching a couple of goaltenders the Detroit Red Wings were thinking about drafting.

Myre thought he saw something special in the little one, the one who looked like the 12-year-old stick boy.

So in 1991, on Myre's suggestion, the Detroit Red Wings took Chris Osgood with the 54th overall pick.

More than 25 years later, their paths crossed again when Osgood became a part owner of the Saginaw Spirit Ontario Hockey League team, one that employs Myre as a goaltender consultant.

"Phil was my first goalie coach," Osgood said. "Not all teams had goalie coaches back then, so I didn't really have that kind of coaching until Phil.

"He became my mentor of sorts. He's one of the top goalie coaches around."

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Players Who Could Change The Outlook For Their Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With NHL teams preparing for the start of training camp, here are 10 players whose performances could make or break their team during the 2016-17 season:

1. Kari Lehtonen (Dallas Stars): The Stars are a high-scoring Stanley Cup contender, and Lehtonen hasn’t proven that he is the right netminder to lead them to a championship.

2.  Brian Campbell (Chicago Blackhawks): He can do for the Blackhawks’ defense what Johnny Oduya did before he jumped to the Dallas Stars. Campbell has the potential to make the Blackhawks whole again.

3. Frans Nielsen (Detroit Red Wings): With Pavel Datsyuk now in the Kontinental Hockey League, the Red Wings need Nielsen to be a significant offensive contributor as a No. 2 center.

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