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Former Red Wing Darren McCarty promotes Joe Kocur’s charity softball game on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane and Marc Fellhauer this afternoon, discussing his post-hockey life, his teeth, his upcoming book he's working on with USA Today's Kevin Allen (which will be coming out around Thanksgiving), the possibility of Grinder reuniting before McCarty takes part in the Winter Classic Alumni game, and mostly, he promoted the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball game, which takes place tomorrow starting at 10 AM at Duck Lake Pines in Highland, MI (tickets are $10 online or $15 "at the door").

The event will include THREE softball games including fifteen alums, autograph sessions, kids' activities, dedicated signing sessions with McCarty, Chris Osgood, Kirk Maltby and other Wings. Dave Coulier, Jeff Daniels, Slipknot's Joey Jordison and some other local celebs are playing, and the three games against local fire and police departments will raise money for a slate of Southeastern Michigan charities, including Team Kendall for Kids, the Huron Valley Special Olympics and other local charitable organizations.

McCarty plain old sounds happy and content in terms of where he is right now, and that's wonderful to hear:

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Plymouth Whalers announce training camp details

From the Plymouth Whalers:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS HIT THE ICE IN TRAINING CAMP NEXT WEEK

Whalers scrimmage next Thursday and Friday from 9-11am and 2-4 pm

PLYMOUTH – The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers will start the 2013-14 season with the team’s annual training camp from Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

After several days of off-ice testing, getting fitted for equipment and finalizing schedules at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, the Whalers hit the ice in scrimmages on Thurs. Aug. 29 and Fri. Aug. 30 from 9-11 am and 2-4 pm at Compuware Arena.  The scrimmages are open to the public and media.  Rosters will be provided the day of the scrimmage.

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The Calder Cup’s will visit Grand Rapids regularly over the next few weeks

From the Grand Rapids Griffins, via RedWingsFeed:

After spending two months traversing North America, the Calder Cup has finally returned to Grand Rapids. Check out its schedule of public appearances over the next few weeks, then make your plans to come and meet Frank!

Friday, Aug. 23 6-8 p.m. with forward Luke Glendening

Big Bob’s Pizza – East Grand Rapids (661 Croswell Ave SE)

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Red Wings mid-day news: fan participation-related Tweets, a Chelios rental and speculative stuff

Updated 6x at 5:07 PM: I have a more than slightly disjointed slate of Red Wings-related news for you this afternoon, so let's start with fan-participatory news (and again, Wings single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow, and the Wings will lower the 1997 Stanley Cup banner at the Joe for fan photo opportunities):

(105.1 is giving tickets away every hour on the hour...)

This Tweet comes to us via Michigan Hockey...

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Red Wings overnight report: the one I really didn’t want to write

I didn't have a good evening or night. When you're starting out and trying to establish yourself as a writer, you work very hard to earn the respect of your readers. When you've "arrived," even if you're a mid-market, mid-level "kind of sort of somebody" like me, you worry much more about your readers respecting each other, and that didn't happen on Thursday, so I was going to tell y'all to calm the hell down and leave you with this from Phantogram...

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Datsyuk is not perfect. Datsyuk is not a monster.

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."*

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Grand Rapids Griffins release 2013-2014 schedule

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:

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Red Wings afternoon news: non-controversial Datsyuk, Babcockian praise, Nyquist and jersey chatter

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:

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So then there’s the ripping Datsyuk phenomenon.

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.

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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;

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