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Some happy Red Wings memories from June 13th (the 2002 Stanley Cup win)

There are some happy Red Wings memories from June 13th--the 2001-2002 Red Wings team won the Stanley Cup on this day in 2002--as noted by the Red Wings' Twitter account:

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Syracuse Crunch Game 6 game-day updates

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this afternoon:

1. The Griffins practiced ahead of Game 6 of their Calder Cup Final series with the Syracuse Crunch this evening (7 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1, the NHL on Sirius XM Radio and the AHL Live)...

Of note from the Syracuse Post-Standard:

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Red Wings announce 2017 street hockey summer tour dates

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Red Wings announce 2nd annual Street Hockey Summer Tour
Tour returns to make 10 stops throughout the state of Michigan this summer for free street hockey clinics offered to children ages 7-12

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the 2nd Annual Street Hockey Summer Tour, presented by Meijer. After a widely popular inaugural season, the Red Wings will once again travel throughout the state of Michigan starting in July to take over the parking lots of 10 different Meijer locations to host free street hockey clinics for children ages 7-12.

The tour is open to children of all skill levels and hockey experience. The first hour of each session will feature a one-hour clinic, followed by a 30-minute pick-up street hockey game. The clinics will be instructed by Detroit Red Wings representatives and local hockey players and coaches.

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Ken Holland appears on 97.1 the Ticket’s Jamie and Stoney Show, discussing the Griffins and Fedorov

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on 97.1 the Ticket's Jamie and Stoney show on Tuesday, and he addressed the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoff run, the Konstantinov/Mnatsakanov accident and more...

Including, as 97.1 the Ticket's Will Burtchfield noted, retiring Sergei Fedorov's jersey:

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More about the Konstantinov/Mnatsakanov accident from Khan

MLive's Ansar Khan commemorates the 20th anniverary of the Konstantinov/Mnatsakanov crash with a superb article which includes discussions with Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Larry Murphy, Scotty Bowman and Jimmy Devellano regarding the accident and its ramifications:

"At first, I don't think anyone realized how serious it was," Maltby said. "When Stevie addressed us, he didn't have a lot of details.

"A group of guys went to the hospital; a group of guys went to (Chris) Osgood's house and sat around for the word. We had the news on. They were showing the accident. That's when we first saw the picture of the car and it's like, 'Oh, my God! How did the driver even survive?' "

The vehicle Konstantinov, Mnatsakanov and Fetisov were riding in crossed three lanes of traffic on Woodward Ave. in Birmingham, jumped the curb and slammed into a tree. The driver, Richard Gnida, whose license had been suspended at the time for drunk driving, told police he had blacked out. The Red Wings personnel were not wearing seat belts.

"That was basically the ended of the celebration," Larry Murphy said. "We accomplished what we accomplished, but in terms of enjoying it, it was over."

Khan continues at length, and WDIV's Ken Haddad posted a set of videos regarding the incident as well.

Update: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff also weighed in:

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Griffins prepare for Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final

The Grand Rapids Griffins will attempt to win the Calder Cup when they host the Syracuse Crunch this evening in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final (7 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live).

While the Crunch believe that health and the luck of flying the Penguins' Stanley Cup Final-chartered plane to Grand Rapids will afford them the ability to author an upset that will ensure the city of Syracuse "never forgets them," the Grand Rapids Griffins got to work rebounding from Saturday's 5-1 drubbing via a spirited practice on Monday.

Afterward, the Griffins spoke with WOOD TV8 regarding their desire to close out the series in 6 games...

Fox 17 posted a pair of reports in which the Griffins discuss their understating that the fourth win is going to be the hardest to capture...

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Sharing a remembrance of the Konstantinov/Mnatsakanov accident from the physicians’ perspectives

On the 20th anniversary of the accident that changed Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov's lives forever, the Free Press's Shawn Windsor penned a moving article from the perspective of the medical staff at Beaumont Hospital that initially treated the injured:

Dr. James Robbins had just gotten home when his beeper went off. There’d been an automobile accident. Multiple victims. He was the on-call trauma surgeon that night, and his emergency room at Beaumont Hospital needed him.

Robbins arrived at the ER not long before 10 p.m. and heard the rumors almost as soon as he got past the double-doors: a couple of Red Wings players might have been involved in the crash.

He walked into the trauma bays where the victims lay and immediately recognized one of his favorite defensemen.

“That’s Vladdie,” he said to his medical team, stunned that Vladimir Konstantinov, the player known as the “Vladinator,” one of the toughest skaters in the NHL, who’d hoisted the Stanley Cup six days earlier, was here, fighting for his life in the ER.

Robbins has been practicing medicine at Beaumont for the better part of three decades. And he has seen just about every imaginable tragedy arrive in his emergency room.

But no moment stands out like the night of Friday, June 13, 1997, the night the Red Wings arrived at Beaumont Hospital.

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Latest tours of Little Caesars Arena reveal new details about state-of-the-art facility

Members of the Detroit sports media were given a tour of Little Caesars Arena on Monday, and WXYZ posted a total of three video reports from the tour, including a tour from Justin Rose...

A note about the scoreboard from Brad Galli...

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NHL, Adidas teasing ‘new’ jerseys to be revealed on June 20th, including the Wings

The Red Wings and the rest of the NHL are going to reveal their Adidas-branded jerseys on June 20th, 2017, and it appears that there's a minor tweak to the Wings' logo stitching in the offing, but--here's hoping--no Adidas triple stripes on the jersey:

Also coming on June 20th, per Sportsnet's John Shannon:

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Wallner: Jared Coreau ready to rebound from Game 5 shelling

Jared Coreau struggled mightily in Game 5 against the Syracuse Crunch, but the Grand Rapids Griffins' goaltender told the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner that he plans on moving forward as Game 6 looms tomorrow night (and Grand Rapids leads their high-scoring Calder Cup Final series against the Syracuse Crunch 3-2)

"I feel fine. We're all pros and you just have to flush it away," Coreau said after Monday's practice. "Games like that are going to happen. We win as a team, lose as a team and regroup."

Asked how he reacted when he was replaced, Coreau said, "I don't know. I forgot about it right away."

The defense didn't provide much help, either, as two of the first three goals were a result of turnovers. In relief, [Eddie] Pasquale saved all 19 shots the rest of the way.

The Crunch have 17 goals in five games against the Griffins. The other five-goal game was a 6-5 double overtime win for the Griffins at home in Game 2. Now the Griffins return for two chances to win one and hoist the Calder Cup Trophy. They are 10-0 at Van Andel Arena.

"We have a lot of confidence coming back here. We know what we can do here," Coreau said. "They're going to come and bring everything. They're a great team and play really hard and are going to want to come out and explode on us early. We have to do everything possible to weather a possible storm early on ... It's going to be the hardest game of our lives."

Wallner continues...

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