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The Detroit Free Press apparently wants to get in on the post-football and pre-Alfredsson-overload rush, because they posited their first excerpt from Darren McCarty's memoir (My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star) this morning, and this afternoon, they're literally going for a knockout punch, allowing the former Red Wings forward to address his fight with Claude Lemieux:
My memorable first-period encounter with Lemieux almost didn’t happen because Colorado defenseman Adam Foote grabbed me just as all hell was starting to break loose. He was strong as an old bear, and he had a tight grip on me. But Brendan Shanahan came over and gave Foote a double-arm chop. That broke me free from Foote. It was like letting a dog off the leash.
I took a direct path toward Lemieux. It was written, and said, that Lemieux never saw me coming. But that’s untrue. I can tell you that I looked him directly in the eyes before I hit him. I wanted him to know my anger. I didn’t sucker punch him, as some have written. I cold-cocked him.
When he went down, he ended up in what hockey players call the “turtle” position. He was covering his head with his arms. Again, much later, he told me that he wasn’t turtling. He had momentarily been knocked out by the punch, and was trying to regain his senses.
Meanwhile, I was trying to hurt him. I was throwing punches and trying to slam his head into the ice. I dragged him over to the boards so that Draper could have a good look.
The story continues...
Updated 5x at 4:51 PM: Well, here we go. The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Ottawa Senators today (5:30 PM, FSD Plus/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice/GCL blackout)TSN/RDS/1270 AM), and if you didn't read the overnight report's slate of Daniel Alfredsson stories, you should at least know that this game is one of only three on the NHL schedule today (with the other game taking place this evening quite the "undercard" in Edmonton vs. Dallas at 6 PM; today is also the first of the Herm to Hockeytown 3 Pledge Games), and it's been gobbled up by the NHL Network, so you can expect even more chatter than you may have already expected about, well..
The Detroit Red Wings will face the Ottawa Senators today (5:30 PM EST, FSD Plus/TSN/RDS/1270 AM; the Wings are holding a "viewing party" at the Hard Rock Cafe today, and Alex Delvecchio will be there) hoping to snap a two-game losing streak against Ottawa (Detroit lost 6-1 to Ottawa on October 23rd and 4-2 on November 23rd, with both games having taken place at Joe Louis Arena) and hoping to continue push their winning streak to four games (the Wings defeated Buffalo 3-1 a week ago today, Boston 6-1 last Wednesday and the Islanders 5-0 on Friday)...
And given both Saturday morning's crop of "Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa for the first time since leaving the team this past summer" articles and the massive media crush taking in Alfredsson and the Wings' practice on Saturday (5:30 PM start = no morning skate today), I've been trying to figure out how to frame this game from a Red Wings fan's perspective, because, to quote Marty McFly poorly, "This is some heavy shit, man."
A significant chunk of blog bandwidth of late has been dedicated to a pair of memoirs and a historical book, with Mark Howe's memoir, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life Lived in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's Original Six Dynasties: the Detroit Red Wings and Darren McCarty and Kevin Allen's My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star.
Both Duff and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa have offered reviews of McCarty's book, and Friday's overnight report has a "book corner's" worth of notes about all three books and their authors and co-authors (Jay Greenberg, who co-wrote Howe's memoir, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last month).
Today, the Detroit Free Press offers an set of excerpts from McCarty's memoir ahead of his local book tour, and it promises that Mondays set will include McCarty's description of his fight with Claude Lemieux.
I'll toss off a few lines of the tame part of this excerpt, and let you read the rest on your own:
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame chose to hold its 2013 inductions at Detroit's MotorCity Casino for three very important reasons--Plymouth Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes owner and Compuware Hockey founder Peter Karmanos, legendary Michigan State University coach Ron Mason and Warren's Doug Weight are among this year's induction class's headliners.
The Free Press's Helene St. James does a fine job of framing Monday's event, noting that USA Today's Kevin Allen will also be recognized for his journalistic endeavors, and that Bill Guerin and Cindy Curley round out this year's induciton class:
It’s impossible to estimate how many thousands of children have benefited from Karmanos’ decision to cofound Detroit Compuware Hockey in the late 1970s, creating an organization that nurtured players from AAA to Junior A. In 1989, he acquired ownership of an Ontario Hockey League franchise known in its current incarnation as the Plymouth Whalers, who play at a jewel of an OHL home in Compuware Arena. When the Detroit Red Wings needed a place to stage their lockout-shortened training camp in January of 2013, this was where they came.
Karmanos has had success at every level of hockey, becoming an NHL champion in 2006 when his Carolina Hurricanes didn’t finish playing until they partied with the Stanley Cup. Through all his success at the moneyed level, Karmanos, a graduate of Wayne State and former CEO of Compuware Corporation, has kept sponsoring youth hockey programs within the state.
The Detroit Red Wings' prospects concluded a busy November on Saturday night, and the AHL's Grand Rapids finished the month on a high note, sweeping their home-and-still-at-home series with the Texas Stars.
The Griffins followed up Friday night's wild 5-4 win with a tamer effort, defeating Texas 5-1, and they did so thanks to fine balance between the Wings' prospects and the team's NHL contributors, with 11 skaters registering points, Patrick Eaves scoring 2 goals and Jordin Tootoo and Triston Grant both entertaining the crowd with scraps.
The Griffins' website posits a recap...
I've asked many of my Canadian friends how they differentiate "Christmastime" from the rest of the year given that they celebrate Thanksgiving on Columbus Day (i.e. in early October), and their answer is usually the same: "We have a Christmas parade in late November."
Windsor held a parade as part of its "Winter Fest" activities on Saturday, and the Windsor Star's Rebecca Wright reports that the parade's grand marshal stole the show:
Downtown Windsor’s Winter Fest Saturday featured a man known for wearing red and white, but famous for delivering goals rather than presents. Red Wings hockey legend Gordie Howe was the grand marshal of the event’s parade, which drew thousands to line Ouellette Avenue Saturday afternoon.
“This is the best day ever,” said longtime Wings fan Allen Garvey, who was able to get Howe to sign his jersey and hat before the parade began.
Updated 7x with video at 6:31 PM: The Detroit Red Wings practiced ahead of tomorrow's Daniel Alfredsson reunion game with the Ottawa Senators (5:30 PM, FSD Plus/TSN/AM 1270), hoping to build upon their 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Friday...
But the Senators practiced first, and, as you might expect, it was a circus (Jared Cowen's remorseful comments regarding hitting Pavel Datsyuk included), as "Live Tweeted" by the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch...
The Ottawa Senators practiced ahead of Sunday's reunion with Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reports that Senators defenseman Jared Cowen may have had one more thing going for him in terms of dodging a suspension: remorse:
jared cowen, 6'5", 225 pound defenseman who hit datsyuk last week, said, "i feel bad he got hurt. i didn't want to. it was just... 1/2
2/2 "one of those quick plays where i was just trying to get a bump on him, going back to the net. obviously, it caught him in the chin."
can i say one thing in young cowen's defense? his elbows are a just about everyone else's head.
that said, the red wings must do what they can to protect datsyuk and zetterberg. b. probert: "no one touches stevie."
I've been dreading this weekend for a while, and I'm seriously considering canceling moderate-to-major plans because of what I'm going to be doing this weekend. I get the feeling that I'm going to be waking up on Monday exhausted and hungover. And I'm a blogger who's allergic to alcohol, not a post-Thanksgiving partier.
Today and tomorrow, members of the U.S. and Canadian media corps alike will descend upon Ottawa, as will some Swedes, following Red Bird III's contrails and the path of a Red Wings team that defeated the New York Islanders 5-0 on Friday evening, all ahead of what's already shaping up to be a dramatic reunion between Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (5:30 PM EST, FSD Plus/TSN/AM 1270).
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