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From the Red Wings' PR department:
HOCKEYTOWN BREWHAHA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS TO JOE LOUIS ARENA CELEBRATING OKTOBERFEST ON SEPT. 28
… New VIP Tickets Offer First-Class Experience for Special Event Featuring 100+ Local and Regional Craft Brews …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings are proud to present the return of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa craft beer festival and local culinary showcase, as Hockeytown BrewHaHa Oktoberfest will be held just outside of Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, September 28 from 1-6 p.m. A sequel to the popular Hockeytown BrewHaHa Street Eats and Craft Beer Fest held in April, this event will once again offer some of the biggest names in craft beer as well as culinary samples from the Olympia Entertainment chefs and food for purchase from Detroit’s top gourmet food trucks.
Given that the Grand Rapids Griffins do remarkable video work, those of you who've got the video/photography chops ought to check this out:
During this fall's training camp in Traverse City, the Red Wings are holding an alumni/celebrity game to raise funds for Centre Ice Arena (on Thursday, September 14th at 7 PM), and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau posted the roster and information about the event as well:
Updated 10x at 4:54 PM: Today marks the first official "back on the ice" day for many NHL'ers. Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski is at Munn Ice Arena in Lansing to cover Michigan State University's pro camp, which includes several Red Wings players...
I'm writing this entry "backwards" because its main thrust involves even more fun fun fun stuff pertaining to Daniel Alfredsson's "divorce" from the Ottawa Senators, and I know that you and I are both a little tired of the proceedings given Thursday's trainwreck, never mind the fact that it dragged on into the weekend.
Inspired by Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman's note that the Hockey News's Yearbook (which can be snagged digitally on Zinio.com; ditto for full-season subscriptions) named Erik Karlsson the NHL's best defenseman, I looked at THN's Top 50 NHL Players list to find out which Wings players were named to the list, and all of 3 Wings are listed--and none of them made the top 10:
I'm posting this in my blog as opposed to KK Hockey because it may or may not be a touchy subject, and as it may or may not be hockey-related. Russia's strict anti-homosexuality laws will make the 2014 Olympics in Sochi both an inherently political place and very possibly a place where those who speak out against or publicly protest those laws (especially in a provocative manner) could be detained and/or expelled from the country, if not tried and jailed.
Updated 2x at 6:58 AM: For better or worse, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall entered last season as the de-facto #1 defenseman, and while playing 24-27 minutes a night (or more) yielded both a minus-5 plus-minus rating and a tempering of his physical play to simply hold up under a tremendous workload...He proved that he could at least fill part of Nicklas Lidstrom's long shadow.
This morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James' player profiles continue with an assessment of Kronwall's literal and figurative value (in this day and age, a $4.75 million cap hit for a defenseman earning $6 million in real-world dollars for the next three seasons seems almost ridiculously cheap by "open market" standards), and at present, there's no doubt that Kronwall is absolutely integral to the team's success as its "MVP on D":
The Detroit Free Press has posited a pair of "emptying the notebook"-style articles regarding Red Wings GM Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock's appearances on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this past Tuesday. On Friday, Brian Manzullo noted that Holland is unconcerned about the Wings' relative lack of size as they move East, and today, Manzullo notes that Babcock was plain old floored by Daniel Alfredsson's desire to come to Detroit--mostly because Babcock got involved in the "wining and dining" process after Alfredsson had already made up his mind:
“He was telling us he was coming,” Babcock told ‘Ryan and Rico’ on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM last week. “It was unbelievable how it worked out. Great for us.”
Babcock unloaded plenty of praise on Alfredsson, who joined the Wings along with center Stephen Weiss earlier this off-season. Alfredsson, from Sweden along with Zetterberg, played his previous 17 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators and, as captain, led them to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007.
NHL.com's "30 in 30" slate of team previews shifts its focus to the Red Wings today, offering a quintet of articles discussing the Red Wings' present status as moving to the Eastern Conference, its roster changes, questions that the team faces, the team's "X-Factor" and possible future contributors.
EJ Hradek's video discussion of the state-of-the-Wings going into the 2013-2014 season serves as something of an introduction to the proceedings (and yes, this was posted a few days ago):
Senators fans: I'm sorry my favorite team signed your captain, and I'm sorry that you've had to deal with the roller-coaster of Fedorov-divorce-style break-up comments this week. It's been painful to watch, hear and read from over 500 miles away.
But at this point, you'll have to excuse me for saying that: A) we promise to take good care of Alfredsson, and B) we're starting to believe that both your owner and general managers are drama queens who are kind of assholes. I'm starting to wonder whether certain members of your press corps are cut from the same cloth.
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