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Updated 4x with a prospect tourney invite at 3:52 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories:
The Wings are slowly but surely heading back to the Joe...
And I don't want to make a stand-alone entry out of this, but it is big news as the Wings have replaced Amway with a different "Official Partner" sponsor in Flagstar Bank:
As the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has noted, the Red Wings' annual prospect tournament has produced many NHL'ers--over 400 of 'em, and it will serve as something of a proving ground for the latest group of "can't-miss" prospects this fall. Yesterday, the ECHL announced that the prospect tournament will serve as a showcase of sorts for its referees, too:
The ECHL announced on Tuesday that 14 ECHL on-ice officials, along with Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and Supervisor Mike Pearce, will work the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 5-9.
Debuting in 1988 with four teams, the NHL Prospects Tournament has expanded to now include eight clubs – Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams are divided into two divisions for a three-day round robin tournament, then ranked by their win-loss records for final placement in seventh, fifth, third and Championship games on the final day.
Okay, as those of you who've been anywhere near a computer over the past five days are probably "Olympic'ed out," here is an incredibly brief summary of the coverage of Red Wings-related stories from "out of town" sources over the past four days:
The Detroit Red Wings' players and management engaged in charity outings and took part in Olympic orientation camps. Here's a summary of the stories posited over the past three-and-change days on a source-by-source basis, save the charitable stuff (and a note that today and tomorrow, Grand Rapids Griffins assistant equipment manager Andrew "Steggy" Steghuis and Jeff Blashill are having their Days with the Calder Cup in Grand Rapids):
- The Joe Kocur Foundation held a tripleheader of charity softball games on Saturday afternoon, and a good time was had by all. Kocur talked with the Free Press's George Sipple about the possibility of a "Grind Line Reunion" during this fall and winter's Wings Alumni Association games, as well as the passing of Shawn Burr:
First Howard and DeKeyser is below...
At the Canadian Olympic Orientation Camp a few minutes ago...
My internet connection's going downhiill fast, so I just wanted to say one thing: thank you for your comments, emails, Tweets and Facebook messages. I'm gonna take tonight off and possibly Sunday and/or Monday, and then I'll get back at 'er.
Those of you who feel that this Red Wings-hockey-less summer has been unberably long must surely know that your long wait is nearly at an end.
After the Joe Kocur Foundation's slate of softball games today, after the Red Wings' players, coaches and management take part in Olympic orientation camps (Pavel Datsyuk, who's in Sochi today, will probably linger in Russia until his daughter's first day of school; Mike Babcock and Ken Holland will face innumerable questions while taking part in the Canadian Olympic orientation camp in Calgary from Sunday to Wednesday; Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Jimmy Howard will head to Arlington, VA to take part in the U.S. Olympic orientation camp on Monday and Tuesday), the Wings' personnel will soon descend upon the Troy Sports Center and Joe Louis Arena for informal practices.
We're going to start reading "practice reports" by Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest and Friday at the latest.
We're a week and-a-half removed from the start of the Red Wings' prospect tournament in Traverse City, and as Ken Kal reminded us on Friday, the start of the Wings' main training camp is only 20 days away.
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