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Red Wings celebrate ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ Month

From the Red Wings:

… Activities Include $12,000 Hockey Equipment Donation from Warrior Hockey to Michigan FAR Flyers and Hockey Is For Everyone Awareness Day at The Joe …

DETROIT – In partnership with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the Detroit Red Wings will celebrate Hockey Is For Everyone Month this week with unique opportunities to support diversity and inclusion in hockey. Programming efforts support local as well as national organizations focused on diversity and inclusion, including Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and You Can Play.

Activities will be highlighted through Hockey Is For Everyone Awareness Day at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Red Wings square off against the Washington Capitals at 2:00 p.m. (Fox Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). Originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Red Wings’ Hockey Is For Everyone Awareness Day has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 18.

In conjunction with Hockey Is For Everyone Month, NHL Clubs have designated one player to be a You Can Play ambassador, serving as a leader in the locker room and in the community on diversity, equality and inclusion. Center Frans Nielsen will serve in this capacity for the Red Wings.

“I’m honored to continue lending my personal support to You Can Play and the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative,” said Nielsen, a 2017 NHL All-Star. “Hockey is an international sport that is truly for everyone. We’re banding together to create an atmosphere of inclusion on the ice, in the dressing room and in the stands throughout the NHL.”

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Griffins cancel Great Skate due to weather conditions

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday announced that this weekend’s 15th annual Great Skate Winterfest has been cancelled due to anticipated weather conditions.

With temperatures forecast to reach 50 degrees or more this Saturday and Sunday, the outdoor ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids is expected to be rendered unusable for most, if not all, of the event’s planned 24-hour duration, forcing the first-ever cancellation of the Great Skate Winterfest.

“As much as we all love warmer weather, this weekend’s forecast is highly disappointing as it relates to the Great Skate,” said Bob Kaser, president of the Griffins Youth Foundation and founder of the Great Skate. “The Griffins Youth Foundation is so appreciative of the support from our sponsors, fans and the community who have helped make this one of West Michigan’s premier outdoor winter activities.

Although alternative plans were considered, the Great Skate Winterfest has become a great success due in large part to the Rosa Parks Circle skating rink, Griffins players and lots of fun winter-themed outdoor activities. Without these key ingredients and the lack of the picturesque downtown Grand Rapids backdrop, it simply wouldn’t be the same Great Skate Winterfest.”


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Al Sobotka shares his memories of Mike Ilitch

Red Wings facilities director Al Sobotka spoke with WXYZ's Justin Rose regarding his memories of Mr. Ilitch:

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Videos: Red Wings pay tribute to Mr. Ilitch

The Red Wings posted two videos regarding Mr. Ilitch's passing today:

Here's the Red Wings' official video paying tribute to Mr. Ilitch...

And a video of the Wings attending the Ilitch visitation:

Sportsnet posted a video of the WIngs honoring Mr. Ilitch on the ice prior to the Wings-Blues game:

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Your Detroit/St. Louis Recap

George has had a rough month or so health wise so instead you have pretty worn out guy.

Not much you can say about this one except the Wings looked listless at times.

Wings lose to the Blues 2-0 and the only goal with a goalie in the net is below.

Discuss if you must and the first full workout for the Detroit Tigers is February 18th.

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Video- Mike Ilitch Remembered At Joe Louis Arena



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Another Setback For Jimmy Howard

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Gustav Nyquist Suspended For Six Games


Watch the incident below...

added 5:26pm, NHL video explanation is below too....

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Playing For Mr. I Tonight

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tonight is no ordinary home game for the Detroit Red Wings.

The matchup against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network) will be the first home game since the passing of owner Mike Ilitch Friday at age 87.

Coach Jeff Blashill and players said they anticipate more emotion in the building as the longtime owner will be saluted during ceremonies.

Players and team personnel skipped Wednesday's morning skate to attend a private visitation at Fox Theatre.

"I just think that having had a chance to be there today and I was actually there last night, the visitation, prayer service, and I think for our team, even as we were waiting this morning, you see everything that Mr. Ilitch did for this organization and this city and state there's no question our players always play very hard for our ownership," Blashill said. "They have an affinity for ownership, they know what special owners we have. Certainly, that's magnified today."


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No Morning Skate For The Detroit Red Wings



In other news, Nquist's hearing is scheduled for 2:00pm ET today.

added 11:23am,

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