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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:
7. Detroit Red Wings: GM Ken Holland had one of his best offseasons in recent years, and the forward group is the biggest beneficiary. The surprising addition of Daniel Alfredsson gives Holland the veteran eager to win a Stanley Cup he likes to have on his roster. And Alfredsson, as he showed in the playoffs, can still play at 40 years old. Stephen Weiss replaces Valtteri Filppula and is more of a natural center with better playmaking abilities.
During the playoffs, young players such as Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist emerged as important contributors for coach Mike Babcock behind stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. As always, the health of Darren Helm will be a key for this group and at some point, Holland has to create room to bring back veteran leader Daniel Cleary.
NHL talent evaluator's take: "I think Alfie will have a good year. He can still skate. He's smart. You get him in that environment for a year -- he'll be all juiced up around good friends. He'll be fine. He'll be a really good player. Weiss is the interesting one for me. I'm just interested ... I just don't know. He's a good player but he's been a good player on a bad team for a lot of years. We'll see."
RED WINGS, FOX SPORTS DETROIT AND CBS RADIO ANNOUNCE 2013-14 BROADCAST SCHEDULE
74 Wings Games On FOX Sports Detroit – 85 On 97.1 The Ticket or 1270 AM
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings, FOX Sports Detroit and CBS Radio today announced the 2013-14 Red Wings local television and radio schedules. For the 14th year, all Wings regular-season and playoff games will be carried live by CBS Sports Radio with Ken Kal and former Red Wings captain Paul Woods providing the call. CBS Radio will broadcast the games on a combination of 97.1 The Ticket and 1270 AM with 35 games simulcast on both stations.
FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its award-winning production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing a total of 74 preseason and regular-season contests with 61 games slated for FSD and 13 on FOX Sports Plus (FSPLUS) with the popular announce team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Additionally, FOX Sports Detroit will carry all non-exclusive games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Wings qualify.
Per the Grand Rapids Business Journal's David Czurak, the Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a charity golf event on Monday to benefit the Griffins' Youth Foundation, and as far as I know, the Calder Cup will be in attendance given that Luke Glendening will have his "day with the Cup" in Grand Rapids on Friday:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will hold their 19th annual Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic next Monday, but it’ll be the first time as AHL Calder Cup champions.
Tee time: The event, which is sponsored by Meijer, will tee off at 10 a.m. for the fifth consecutive year at the 36-hole Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada Township. Half of the golfers will play 18 on the Ridge course, while the other half will tackle the Valley course.
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