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Afternoon news: On upcoming hockey events, Adam Larkin, The Athletic’s business model and Wings wins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings and hockey-related note:

1. Dylan Larkin's charity hockey game is taking place at Lakeland Ice Arena tonight at 6 PM, and tickets are now available for Steven Oleksy's Eastside Elite League All-Star Game is taking place on Thursday, July 27th at 5:30 PM. Tickets are on sale at the Mt. Clemens Ice Arena:

2. The Red Wings' annual Street Hockey Summer Tour stopped in Grand Rapids today, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that there are six more stops on the Summer Tour's winding route through Michigan:

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Hockey Canada Announces Management Group And Coaching Staff For The Men’s Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has unveiled its plan for the 2017-18 Canada’s National Men’s Team , which includes an expanded schedule that will see the red-and-white take to the ice in at least seven international tournaments.

As part of the highly anticipated release of the season’s plans, Hockey Canada also announced the National Men’s Team’s management group and coaching staff. Joining Tom Renney (Cranbrook, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s CEO, Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and COO of Hockey Canada, and the organization’s vice-president of hockey operations and national men’s teams, Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), on the management group are the team’s general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL), as well as management group member Martin Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis, NHL).

Behind the bench, Hockey Canada has selected Willie Desjardins (Climax, Sask.) as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team. He will be joined by assistant coachesDave King (Saskatoon, Sask.),Scott Walker (Cambridge, Ont./Vancouver, NHL), and Craig Woodcroft (Toronto/Genève-Servette HC, NLA).

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Mark Streit Signs With The Montreal Canadiens For One Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract (2017-18) with free agent defenseman Mark Streit.

Streit, 39, played 68 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. He amassed 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists), including 13 on the power play. He added two game-winning goals and 28 penalty minutes, while averaging 18:45 of ice time per game. Streit added two assists in three playoff match-ups, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

The 5'11'' and 191 lbs defenseman has played 784 regular season NHL games with the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Flyers and Penguins, contributing 434 points (96 goals, 338 assists). Streit scored 47 goals on the powerplay (207 points), two while shorthanded and added 14 game-winning goals. As a member of the Canadiens from 2005-06 to 2007-08, Streit recorded 109 points (25 goals, 84 assists) in 205 games. He added 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 34 playoff contests.

 

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Mika Zibanejad And The New York Rangers Agree To A Five-Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, July 25, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Mika Zibanejad on a five-year contract with an average annual value of $5.35 million.

Zibanejad, 24, skated in 56 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 16 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including assists per game (0.41), points per game (0.66), and faceoff win percentage (52.0%; 494-for-950), and he tied his career-high in power play goals (four). Zibanejad registered at least one point in 28 of the 56 games he played during this past season, and the Rangers posted a 33-17-6 record when he was in the lineup in 2016-17. He ranked fifth on the Rangers in points per game and tied for sixth on the team in assists per game during the past season. Zibanejad recorded 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 18 games against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2016-17. Zibanejad also registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the final nine games of the regular season, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his final 21 regular season contests.

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Wings begin their ‘Final Farewell’ video series with ‘The Joe’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have produced a six-part video series issuing a "Final Farewell" to Joe Louis Arena, and the series begins today with a discussion of the character of "The Joe":

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The Origin of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By James,

Hockey is such a popular sport in some areas that people will be really excited to learn all about the origin of hockey. As is often the case in a field like this, there is actually a great deal of controversy related to the birthplace of hockey. When it comes to most activities, there really is not a set birthplace of any kind, of course. Hockey is a sport that has been in development for a long period of time.

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A One-Year Contract Worth $4M For Robin Lehner In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 25, 2017) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year contract worth $4 million.

Lehner (6’4”, 239 lbs., 7/24/1991) set new career highs in games played (59), wins (23) and shutouts (2) in 2017-18, while also ranking third in the league with 1,758 saves and turning in the ninth-best save percentage (.920) ever recorded by a Sabres goaltender with at least 40 appearances in a season. His .921 save percentage through two seasons with the Sabres ranks sixth among all NHL goaltenders with at least 50 games played during that span.

Since being selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the Gothenburg, Sweden native has appeared in 166 career NHL games. In his seven NHL seasons with the Sabres and Senators, Lehner has logged a 58-71-26 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average.

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Establishing A Long Time Relationship Between The NHL And China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Murray Greig of the China Daily,

Tickets for the inaugural NHL China Games went on sale via en.Damai.cn on the weekend, with seats for the preseason clashes between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings scaled from 220 - 2080 yuan ($32.50 to $307) for Sept 21 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, and from 160 - 1880 yuan ($23.60 to $278) for Sept 23 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing....

In announcing the games during his visit to Beijing in March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league had struck a long-term deal to work closely with the sponsors and government bureaus to develop grassroots programs and support Chinese hockey development at all levels.

One of the first initiatives is to provide schools with training and instructional content to implement hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness.

"I knew when we came to China, based on all the reports I was getting, that there was a great deal of interest in hockey," Bettman said during his media conference.

"Still, the high level of that interest has surprised me, and it's particularly exciting because this is a great opportunity to grow the game.

"This is a long-term commitment to develop our sport here. We're barely in the embryonic stages, but the opportunity and the possibilities are limitless."

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Evening news: Teasing the Final Farewell; on Reilly Webb, Tatar vs. Nyquist, Larkin’s numbers, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. "Teasers" don't usually get prime billing, but the Red Wings are going to reveal a six-part video series issuing a "Final Farewell" to the Joe, and the series looks like it's going to be very entertaining:

2. Red Wings prospect Reilly Webb spoke with the Stoney Creek News's Mike Pearson about his experiences at the Red Wings' summer development camp:

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NHL Network to air six games from World Junior Summer Showcase

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From USA Hockey:

NHL Network to Televise 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase
Event Begins Friday, July 28, at USA Hockey Arena and includes USA, Canada, Finland and Sweden

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey announced today that NHL Network will televise live the final three days of games at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.

The event -- which serves as an audition for players seeking to make their federation team that will compete at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York -- begins Friday (July 28) at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, and features teams from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Dennis Cholowski, Givani Smith (Canada), Keith Petruzzelli (USA Hockey), Gustav Lindstrom, Filip Larsson (Sweden) and Kasper Kotkansalo (Finland) are all taking part in the Summer Showcase.

The six-game NHL Network coverage begins on Wed., Aug. 2, with Canada-Finland at 1 p.m. ET and USA-Sweden at 4 p.m., while on Fri., Aug. 4, fans will see Sweden vs. Canada at 1 p.m. and Finland vs. USA at 4 p.m. NHL Network’s coverage concludes with two of the biggest rivalry games in the sport on Sat., Aug. 5, with Sweden facing Finland at 4 p.m., and USA taking on Canada at 7 p.m.

In addition, HockeyTV will provide live streaming coverage of the first three days of competition – six games total – including a pair of U.S.-Canada split-squad matchups on Tues., Aug. 1.

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