The Malik Report
Updated with a note about the Plymouth Whalers' "Try Hockey For Free" clinic on Wednesday, September 3rd.
From the Plymouth Whalers:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6
All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park
PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.
The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus. Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.
Several Red Wings-related stories hit the wires early this morning, so I'm up a little early to note them, as well as this (it looks like the weather's holding up for Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels):
In terms of news stories, MLive's Ansar Khan examines Henrik Zetterberg's "outlook" for the 2014-15 season, and I certainly hope it's a healthy one. Zetterberg will turn 34 in October, and he's signed for 7 more seasons at a Capgeek-listed $6.08 million cap hit.
Red Wings overnight report: prospect tourney ‘job’ talk, Datsyuk, fantasy hockey news, previews etc.
The Red Wings' media corps will attend the Red Wings "Captain's Practice" at Joe Louis Arena today, and a solid chunk of the Red Wings' roster (minus a certain restricted free agent who will fly with the Blue Angels today, assuming that the weather improves) will be taking part of today's skate.
If you think that's "a little early for hockey," please note that the KHL's regular season starts on Wednesday, the Finnish Liiga begins its season on September 9th, the Swedish SHL kicks off its 2014-15 campaign on September 10th, as does the QMJHL, and the WHL and OHL begin playing regular-season games on the 19th and 24th, respectively.
Long story long, "hockey season" is upon us, and while the content's a little lighter this morning, it does afford a shift in focus.
Updated 3x at 6:19 AM: Every "preseason" unfolds like a snowflake (i.e. it's never exactly the same from year to year; maybe a "fallen leaf" would be a better autumn simile?), but it's September 1st, and here's what I know:
The Wings' "Captain's Practices" will be open to the media starting tomorrow (Tuesday; I'm sure the media will cover still-needs-to-be-re-signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels, too), and we'll start hearing from more and more players as the non-married and/or no-kids players return to Detroit over the ten to twelve days and the Michigan-based players who play for other teams head to their respective cities of employment.
Sometimes the Wings' players practice on an every-other-day basis for the first week of September; sometimes it's 5 days out of 7. By the second week, they're usually practicing every weekday, and in the lulls between football Saturdays and Tigers games, they begin to make radio appearances.
Updated 3x at 9:02 AM: Saturday would've been a wonderful day to have a private jet (if not a fighter jet), because Pavel Datsyuk skated in an exhibition game prior to the "Stone Flower Tournament's" semifinals in Yekaterinburg...
Friday involved...Well let's just say that I wasn't the only blogger who noticed that the following Tweet regarding Jimmy Howard's mask, which had a handy little "Red Wings" copyright on the bottom right, was chopped and snipped by goalie-eqipment Tweeters to promote their own brands. So here's the Wings' Tweet...
Updated 2x at 1:29 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories and tidbits:
Updated 3x at 6:15 AM: Thursday was a busy day, and if you missed some of the "action":
1. Ilitch Holdings held what I'd guess you'd call a local contractor-recruitment seminar at the MotorCity Casino, and as Paul noted, Olympia Development's sticking with an actual-rink-opening date of Summer of 2017, though the Free Press's John Gallagher reports that any sort of actual "groundbreaking" at the rink site won't happen until December.
Both Gallagher and MLive's David Muller reported that the parties involved in the District Detroit project will hold a "resident workforce outreach" at Coo Hall this October to help ensure that 51% of the construction jobs on the rink go to Detroiters.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for the 2014 NHL Prospects Camp, which is slated to run from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Highlighting this year’s roster are 11 players who helped the Red Wings win their first-ever tournament championship last September, including Anthony Mantha, the reigning CHL most-valuable player after scoring 81 goals in 81 combined regular-season and playoff games during the 2013-14 season, Ryan Sproul, one of nine rookies to make their NHL debut for Detroit in 2013-14, and Martin Frk, a 2013 CHL Memorial Cup champion and the team’s top pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
from John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit’s planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project.
Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction workers from among Detroit residents.
At today’s conference for contractors at MotorCity Casino, Ilitch Holdings CEO Christopher Ilitch promised an “amazing walkable district” from the project. His team of lead contractors, consultants, and city officials also briefed the 200 or so local contractors on how to become certified to work on the project.
Initial site work and utility relocation is scheduled to begin in December, with excavation of the arena site and erection of steel and concrete to begin by next summer. The arena itself is expected to be finished by summer 2017, along with the initial portions of the residential, retail, and commercial district that rise near it.
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