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Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Chris Osgood, Brendan Shanahan and Mike Modano will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night, and Osgood spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James regarding his induction class peers...
“Mike was here at the end of his career but he’s actually born in Michigan, played a lot of his minor hockey here,” Osgood said. “Shanny was here for 10 years in the prime of his career and was a big part of a lot of winning with the Red Wings. This is a big deal for us.”
As well as Osgood's Hockey Hall of Fame eligibility...
Though he amassed 401 NHL victories during a career that began and ended with the Wings — with stops at the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues — Osgood, 43, has not received a call from the Hockey Hall of Fame since becoming eligible three years after he retired in 2011.
“I was a little disappointed last year,” Osgood said. “I thought I had an opportunity better than the other years.”
Team Europe will tangle with Team North America in a World Cup exhibition game tonight at 8 PM on ESPN2, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. If you'd like to comment on the game, here's an open post to suit your needs.
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin regarding their expectations for the World Cup of Hockey. Abdelkader's expected to take a supporting role on Team USA, and Larkin may play as a 3rd-liner on Team North America:
Abdelkader has been skating with Livonia native Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks) and T.J. Oshie (Washington Capitals) on a physical, grinding line for coach John Tortorella.
“Whatever I can do, I’m going in and just looking forward to the experience of playing with the guys, building some relationships and playing whatever role they put me in," Abdelkader said.
Larkin – who has played in the last two world championships – is part of the North American team, a squad consisting of all under age-23 players from Canada and the USA who many analysts believe could be a darkhorse to win the tournament. Star young players such as Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel lead a roster that is potentially explosive offensively.
“Talking to other players that are in the tournament, they know we’re going to be pretty good,” Larkin said. “We’re just excited to get together and start playing some games. I don’t think we’re going to shock any teams. We’re definitely going to play our best. Teams know the kind of players we have. We hope to win the whole thing. It’s cool how players from Canada and the U.S. come together. It’s going to be a bit of a feeling out process, a lot of players from different teams, but it’ll go well and we’ll be an exciting team to watch.”
Kulfan continues, previewing the tournament from a Red Wings-centric perspective...
Box scores of note:
In World Cup exhibition action, Petr Mrazek stopped 24 of 28 shots as the Czech Republic lost 4-3 to Russia. Alexey Marchenko had an assist for Russia but also put a puck into his own net, and Pavel Datsyuk finished at -1 with 4 shots;
And in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played only 1:31 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 shootout win over Lada Togliatti. Per DRW Prospects on Twitter, the news is not good...
Also, in the ECHL:
Chris Osgood will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame tomorrow in Downtown Detroit (as will Brendan Shanahan and Mike Modano, among others), and Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313" sat down with Osgood to ask him about his favorite memory of the Joe:
Meanwhile, in the FYI department...
Team North America-vs-Europe will air on ESPN2, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 8 PM EDT, and we'll have a live blog going for that game.
In the interim, the Czechs and Petr Mrazek are battling Russia at 12:30 PM EDT, and the game is airing on "ESPN 3" (Watch ESPN online) and Sportsnet 1.
Darren Helm kicked off the Red Wings' "School Assembly Program" for the 2016-17 academic year with a visit to Holy Name School in Birmingham on Wednesday, and DetroitRedWings.com's Joshua Berenter reports that Helm's visit highlighted what the School Assembly Program is all about:
Since its inception in 2010, the program has visited 622 schools, reaching more than 304,000 students and providing 1,244 sets of floor hockey equipment to physical education departments throughout southeastern Michigan.
“It’s amazing. This is my first one and I’m really glad I was able to be part of it,” Helm said. “They have a great message for the kids. It’s hard to kind of think about that when you’re that age, to eat healthy and be active instead of what we’ve got going on with TV and video games.
“But it’s definitely important and hopefully the Red Wings—myself and other players—going out and sending that message to the kids, hopefully they can get that it’s a big part of life.”
Holy Name School principal DeAnn Brzezinski said she was ecstatic for the opportunity to host the Red Wings School Assembly Program at her gym.
“It’s definitely what we promote; healthy living and healthy eating and exercise,” Brzezinksi said. “We talk about doing this on a daily basis. I also think it’s important for our kids to hear it not only from our staff and their parents, but from an outside source, so I think it solidifies how important it is.”
This season, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation has ramped up its efforts to assist the School Assembly Program by also providing each school’s physical education instructor with information on how to properly teach floor hockey at their school. Teaming up with USA Hockey, the guide books donated to each school include information on proper techniques and drills for students to better learn the game of hockey.
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation has also committed to update or replace old or damaged floor hockey equipment at schools the program has previously visited.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a profile of Tyler Bertuzzi this morning, duly noting that Bertuzzi's been a playoff hero for the Grand Rapids Griffins...
The playoffs is where the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bertuzzi really picked up his game for the second year in a row.
In two postseason appearances with the Griffins – Bertuzzi turned pro before the 2015 playoffs – the feisty forward has 14 goals and six assists in 23 games.
For those keeping score at home, Bertuzzi is averaging .61 goals per playoff game as a pro and .17 goals per regular-season game.
Hence, [Tyler Bertuzzi Time].
"Some guys joke around with me that 'You shouldn't even play the season, you should just come play in the playoffs,'" Bertuzzi said. "For me, I love playoffs. It's a gritty game in the playoffs. It's a lot harder, it goes up a lot in the playoffs.
"Teams get better, a lot of guys get called down, it's a lot faster, it's bigger. Everything for me, I just feel like I need to step up my game, whether it's luck, I just like to work hard and working hard, that type of game. I think it helps me."
2. If you missed it, the Traverse City Record-Eagle noted that the Red Wings are offering free admission to the first day of training camp if one is an active or former military serviceperson or first responder:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Currently the Red Wings' ever-sunny general manager is serving as an advisor for Team Canada's World Cup of Hockey team, and Ken Holland addressed injury risks in a conversation with the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran:
“Even if players are not in the World Cup, they’re skating every day, so there’s always the risk of someone getting hurt,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, one of Team Canada’s executives. “Obviously in a tournament like this, the odds go up versus playing shinny in your own city. But there is always a risk.”
Holland lost star players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for the end of the 2013-14 season as a result of injuries sustained at the Olympics.
“Zetterberg was a back injury,” Holland said. “He was probably going to get it anyway. I guess you’d rather your player get injured playing for you than playing for somebody else, but the result would have been the same. There’s enough to worry about that’s in my control without worrying about stuff that’s outside of my control.”
Dylan Larkin (North America), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Alexey Marchenko (Russia), Tomas Tatar, Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen (Europe) are all representing the Red Wings at the World Cup of Hockey.
On Thursday, Mrazek will start for the Czechs against Russia in an exhibition game starting at 12:30 PM EDT (on ESPN 3), and Europe will battle North America at 8 PM EDT (on ESPN 2).
2. Closer to home, the Red Wings released their roster for this month's prospect tournament in Traverse City, and I'm not usually enamored with Tweets, but I think we may have gotten a sneak peak at the tournament lines here:
ESPN's aired some short videos in which Chris Chelios and Brett Hull recall playing for Team USA and share stories as promotions for ESPN's World Cup of Hockey coverage. Chelios and Hull discuss the honor of wearing Team USA's jersey...
Let's just say that being a Calgary Flame didn't prevent Hull from allowig Chelios to take on a teammate in Hull's first NHL game...
Brendan Shanahan, Mike Modano and Chris Osgood will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night. Shanahan, who currently serves as the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, spoke with the Detroit News's Tony Paul regarding his time with the Red Wings...
Shanahan played 21 seasons in the NHL, with his most memorable years the nine-year stint he spent with the Red Wings (1996-2006) after being traded from the Whalers.
“Detroit is really where I think the reason why I was able to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Shanahan, 47. “What I was able to learn there, what we as a team were able to accomplish there. I lived there for 10 years, really the prime of my career. Luckily I got to spend that with a great organization, an Original Six, with great teammates, great management, great ownership.”
Shanahan, a forward who racked up the goals and penalty minutes, was a major part of three Stanley Cup champions in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
As well as the divorce from the Wings in 2006, something that sticks in the craw of at least a few fans:
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