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Red Wings evening quickies: on Zetterberg, Datsyuk’s playing plans and Athanasiou’s new start

Updated with a reminder that the Ilitch Charities golf outing takes placed tomorrow at 8:16 PM: Amongst this evening's Red Wings quickies:

  • Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Linus Hugosson took note of a comment Henrik Zetterberg made during a European Trophy TV broadcast on Sunday:


  • There's also some news regarding Pavel Datsyuk's playing plans. Datsyuk was ptaking part in a charity hockey game in Kazan, and as Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski noted, Datsyuk spoke to R-Sport about the possibility that he might play in the KHL this fall (and this is roughly translated):


Russian and Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk doesn't know where he'll play in the event that the National Hockey League (NHL) will hae a lockout, as the forward told reporters after a charity game dedicated to players who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash.

During the lockout in the 2004-2005 season, Datsyuk played for Dynamo Moscow, which won the Russian championship.

"When there's a lockout, then we can talk about something specific. It's too early to say anything. Hope springs eternal, especially in my heart. I would like to play for a team that will battle for the championship. And I want to keep my sports skills developed. These are the two pillars [for me]. i think everything will be decided in mid-September," said Datsyuk to reporters.

Datsyuk didn't comment on the possibility of returning ot the Ak Bars Kazan, for whom he played for before he left for the NHL.

"I have most pleasant memories of Kazan, I've always came here happily. As for Kazan's fans? It's too early to say something," said the player.

One of Detroit's leaders still doesn't know whether he'll play in the remaining games commemoriating players who died from Lokomotiv. The games will take place in Moscow and Magnitogorsk next week.

"I haven't decided yet, as there are some problems. My daughter is going into fourth grade, needs help. If I have the time, I will be happy to play," said Datsyuk.

Detroit hockey legend Ted Lindsay, ardent Livonia volunteer Bill Heaton and Irene Bronner are among five honorees set to participate in the first St. Nicholas Institute Awards Banquet that will be held at the Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia on Oct. 3.

The banquet is held in conjunction with the four-day St. Nicholas Institute, a seminar for faith-filled men who aim to professionally portray St. Nicholas and/or Santa Claus. The institute is the brainchild of Fr. Joseph Marquis, pastor of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church, a professional Santa Claus for 40 years, and one of 24 individuals from North America to be inducted into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.

Some 20 individuals who participate in the Institute program Oct. 1-4 at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Detroit will receive framed certificates of achievement at the banquet.

The award names are tied to the values emphasized in the St. Nicholas Institute: Nicholas as our Model, Openness to the Christmas Spirit, Exercising Compassion, and Love for Children (NOEL)..


Ted Lindsay: The Exercising Compassion Award goes to Lindsay for his work with the Ted Lindsay Foundation since its inception in 2001. His foundation raised more than $1.5 million to help children with Autism and other neurological disorders. The National Hockey League Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup Champion has also worked to support numerous other charities such as the Michigan Special Olympics, Canadian Special Olympics, Canadian Alzheimer's Association and wheelchair hockey. He lives in Troy.

Athanasiou, an 18-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect, says he’ll be “starting fresh” in Barrie.

“He’s a Hall-of-Famer,” Athanasiou said, matter-of-factly, when asked about Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuck, owner of 1,409 NHL points. “He’s going to have a lot to offer to me. He’s a very smart hockey person.”

[T]he newest Colt is expected to receive more playing time with his new team.Seeing more ice may be exactly what the slick skater needs in order to have a breakout campaign, and potentially become an OHL star.It could awaken the giant, so to speak.

“If he dials in, works with Hawerchuk, realizes he has a little work to do and does it, he could be in the top 30 in league scoring,” Sean Lafortune, director of scouting for TheScout.ca, said. “He’s got the talent.”

Athanasiou met his main off-season goal of bulking up by putting on eight pounds of muscle. At Barrie’s training camp fitness tests, he hopes to tip the scales at 187 pounds. The 110th overall selection at the 2012 NHL draft grew an inch, too, currently standing at 6-foot-2.

Lafortune, a veteran observer of not only the OHL but also the province’s minor midget circuit, has seen the Woodbridge, Ont., native in action since his Toronto Titans days. He says the keys for Athanasiou moving forward are to utilize and become more aware of his linemates, as well as work on his positioning.

Update: The Red Wings and Ilitch Charities are holding their celebrity golf charity dinner tonight and their golf outing tomorrow, so we should be getting a good amount of Wings player chat, at least from those who are already back in town (Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Miller, Kindl, etc.), and the Red Wings' Twitter feed reminds us that they're not the only Wings employes taking part:




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TKShreve's avatar

This is my top reason for despising those responsible for a lockout. I don’t want to miss Pavel play this season. It’s a privilege to watch him 82 (and then some) times a year. There are not many other players with his skill set of creativity and finesse.

And some money grubbing fat cats want to take that away.

We need a white knight to come riding along.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 08/27/12 at 09:48 AM ET

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