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After spending two months traversing North America, the Calder Cup has finally returned to Grand Rapids. Check out its schedule of public appearances over the next few weeks, then make your plans to come and meet Frank!
Friday, Aug. 23 6-8 p.m. with forward Luke Glendening
Big Bob’s Pizza – East Grand Rapids (661 Croswell Ave SE)
Updated 6x at 5:07 PM: I have a more than slightly disjointed slate of Red Wings-related news for you this afternoon, so let's start with fan-participatory news (and again, Wings single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow, and the Wings will lower the 1997 Stanley Cup banner at the Joe for fan photo opportunities):
(105.1 is giving tickets away every hour on the hour...)
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I didn't have a good evening or night. When you're starting out and trying to establish yourself as a writer, you work very hard to earn the respect of your readers. When you've "arrived," even if you're a mid-market, mid-level "kind of sort of somebody" like me, you worry much more about your readers respecting each other, and that didn't happen on Thursday, so I was going to tell y'all to calm the hell down and leave you with this from Phantogram...
Pavel Datsyuk could have worded his answer to a question loaded with all but a literal bullet given that he was in a room full of a dozen Russian journalists and a couple dozen fans this morning much, much better than he did. But there are about eight billion ways that he could have said something much worse than leaning upon his status as a Russian Orthodox believer when asked about Russia's anti-homosexuality laws the day before he and the Russian Olympic orientation campers are meeting with none other than Vladimir Putin.
My best pal in the entire damn world is bisexual. I do not support any sort of even head-nodding toward discrimination towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender folks or any other *#$%@& human being for being any *#$%@& "different." Even people in the United States live in a country where some sexual assaults are borderline acceptable (ask Dr. Phil) and where the, "It's my religious belief and you have to respect that, too" statement is supposed to excuse bigotry against all sorts of "differences."*
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday released their schedule for the 2013-14 season. It will mark their 18th campaign overall, 13th as members of the American Hockey League and 12th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
The 2013 Calder Cup champions will begin defense of their title on Fri. Oct. 4 in Rochester, the first of three straight road games to start the season. The Griffins will then raise their championship banner prior to hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Fri., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.
Highlights of the 76-game schedule include:
Amongst this afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news:
In the non-incredibly controversial vein, Pavel Datsyuk did pick up the Kharlamov Trophy from Sovetsky Sport's Moscow offices--after about an hour's worth of questions from fans and another hour's worth of media interviews--and R-Sport offered a solid translation of Datsyuk's quip about not expecting to wear the captain's "K" on his jersey at the Olympics:
This really upsets me. As noted early this morning, Pavel Datsyuk was asked about Russia's anti-homosexuality laws--and the comments of Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva--in front of a packed crowd in Moscow, while accepting the Kharlamov Trophy from Sovetsky Sport, and he replied, "I'm [Eastern] Orthodox; I think that says it all" (and the Eastern Orthodox religion as about as accepting of the LGBT community as other religions are).
I knew that Datsyuk would get flak for his remarks, but honestly speaking, while engaging in a two-hour Q and A session with almost fifty fans and a dozen media members, leaning upon his religious beliefs is as close to a "no comment" as he could've got.
Especially given the fact that he and his Russian Olympic orientation camp teammates are meeting Vladimir Putin on Friday, he was in a situation where a "no comment" would have damned him to hockey hell and would've absolutely infuriated those watching him in what was an incredibly detailed and personal setting.
Red Wings overnight report: reviewing a busy Wednesday, a Kronwall interview and early Datsyuk stuff
Thursday was busy as hell. I don't usually start these overnight reports with summations, but this is one of those rare occurrences where I think "bringing you up to speed" may be useful.
- The Red Wings released their local TV and radio broadcast schedule for the 2013-2014 season, and 71 games will air on Fox Sports Detroit or FSD Plus;
- The Wings also released the details of the in-person portion of beginning of single-game ticket sales at 10 AM EDT on Saturday. The Wings will both allow fans to take pictures with the 1997 Stanley Cup banner and they're going to have a $9-per-seat ticket sale as well--and that's always an in-person-only affair;
I don't know if you remember this, but waaaaaayyy back in February, Pavel Datsyuk's attorneys managed to stop a company called "Pasha LLC" from selling Datsyuk-branded merchandise without Datsyuk's consent. The injunction remains in place, but (via RedWingsFeed), WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. reports that the suit will go to trial this September:
The pre-trial is Thursday for a lawsuit against a website that allegedly sold Pavel Datsyuk merchandise without the hockey player's permission and without sharing any of the profit with him.
PashaSportsWear.com, which is now defunct, is accused of selling clothing with the Detroit Red Wings star's No. 13 on it.
"Despite continued and best efforts to amicably resolve the matter, the lawsuit was brought to address continued infringement of Mr. Datsyuk's name and celebrity and to prevent continued deception of the public," said an attorney representing Datsyuk.
The lawsuit has asked a judge to keep the website down while deciding whether the merchandise is authorized.
A trial date is scheduled for Sept. 9.
DetroitRedWings.com's Ayron Sequeira posited a press release regarding the Red Wings' sale of single-game tickets, which begins at 10 AM EDT on Saturday, August 24th. The Red Wings are going to hold special events at the Joe, and will be selling select $9 seats and "Coke Zero Fan Packs" as well:
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