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The Red Wings' prospect tournament is getting underway...Well, the first players hit the ice at 8:30 AM, and the Wings and their try-outs will be skating at Centre Ice Arena at 11:30, with the Wings slated to tangle with the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 PM this evening.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrowlowski spoke with Centre Ice Arena's tournament and training camp director, Ann Reeves, about a tournament whose alums include (as the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reported) over 400 NHL'ers and 34 players who've played in 400 or more NHL games, including Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Ilya Kovalchuk, Scott Hartnell, David Legwand, David Backes, Jimmy Howard and Kari Lehtonen, and SI's Stu Hackel's statement that 8-team tournament is the NHL's biggest, most well-established, and possibly its best isn't far off:
This is pretty cool: the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids suburb of Grandville, MI will be hosting both the AHL's Calder Cup and the NHL's Stanley Cup this weekend, making a rare double-appearance for charitable purposes:
The Stanley Cup, emblematic of the winner of the NHL championship, and the Calder Cup, which goes to the champions of the AHL, will be at Osgood Brewing, at 4051 Chicago Drive SW., on Saturday afternoon.
The Stanley Cup, which belongs to the Chicago Blackhawks, will be in the possession of Blackhawks equipment assistant Jim Heintzelman, who formerly worked with the Grand Rapids Griffins, and will be on site from 4-8 p.m.
The Calder Cup, making one of its many West Michigan appearances following the Griffins’ first AHL championship, will arrive around 5 p.m. with host Brad Thompson, the Griffins' equipment manager.
Pictures with the cups will be available for a donation to a charity to be determined. A professional photographer will also be on hand.
This should be...Interesting. According to the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar, Detroit's City Council has decided to hold a public hearing regarding the public funding portion of the Red Wings' next rink, and while the money involved comes from property taxes collected by the quasi-governmental Downtown Development Authority and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Aguilar notes that the particular revenue stream has been in place for over 20 years...
I arrived in Traverse City relatively safely a little earlier this evening, though I can't say the same for the windshield on my Pacifica, which now sports a 4-inch battle scar when it lost a battle with a pebble near Flint. I'm here, I'm unpacked, and I'm...
Updated 6x at 2:21 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories, before I pack the car and head up to Traverse City, anyway:
18-plus is a crowd:
Prepare to exhale, Wings fans:
Well this is just bizarre, via RedWingsFeed:
Sovetsky Sport's K. Ivanin reports that Datsyuk's condo was broken into on August 24th, and the damages cost 1.5 million rubles--or $45,000--and Championat links us to an ITAR-TASS report stating that Datsyuk's living room was broken into.
The Red Wings' players have been skating informally at Joe Louis Arena for almost two weeks now, but the day after Labor Day is generally the "official" start of "unofficial" and "informal" skates that happen to be watched by the Red Wings' coaches and management (they're not allowed to interact with the players on the ice until next Thursday, when training camp begins, but hey, they work at the same "office"), and boy howdy, Tuesday was "back to school" day for the Wings' intrepid media corps.
We learned about Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson's initial skates at the Joe, we found that Darren Helm mysteriously took the day off, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness posted four short videos and the Detroit News's David Guralnick posited a 26-image photo gallery of the Wings' new and familiar faces.
This is a little different: under the last CBA, the NHL prohibited players who'd skated in professional hockey leagues outside of North America after the start of the NHL season to sign with teams without clearing waivers first. This year, the regular season begins early--on Tuesday, October 1st--but the Swiss National A League's regular season begins on September 12th...
And the Neue Luzerner Zeitung's Nicola Berger reports that former Wing Damien Brunner may play in a few games for his old Swiss team, EV Zug, between now and October. Brunner happens to be skating with the team, which could yield a short-term marriage of convenience.
I think that Berger's reaching a bit here--actually reaching significantly--because it's entirely probable that Brunner will land at least a pro try-out within the next seven-to-ten days, but, "Brunner back with Zug for a little while" at least makes solid sense given that he's still practicing there.
What follows is solidy-translated German, but the one part where Berger's completely out of his eleent is whens he suggests that Brunner could come back to Detroit. That's not happening, especially if Brunner's still looking for $3+ million per season.
The Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires played the teams' first exhibition games leading up to the OHL season at Livonia's Eddie Edgar Arena this past Saturday, hoping to raise funds to help build a park and memorial honoring fallen police officers and firefighters.
Today, the Whalers' Twitter account reports that the game was a smashing success:
Update: The Plymouth Whalers are also holding a "Try Hockey For Free" clinic tomorrow at Compuware Arena, and they're both taking registrations and welcoming walk-ins:
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