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The Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires played the teams' first exhibition games leading up to the OHL season at Livonia's Eddie Edgar Arena this past Saturday, hoping to raise funds to help build a park and memorial honoring fallen police officers and firefighters.
Today, the Whalers' Twitter account reports that the game was a smashing success:
Update: The Plymouth Whalers are also holding a "Try Hockey For Free" clinic tomorrow at Compuware Arena, and they're both taking registrations and welcoming walk-ins:
I'd have preferred to keep this within today's practice post, but as Darren Helm watch is something of a concern of international proportions, the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the fact that Helm did not skate today at the Joe:
Last week, Helm was part of the growing-daily number of Detroit Red Wings who have had enough of summer and were getting a head start on avoiding pulled groins by skating at Joe Louis Arena. Training camp doesn't begin until next week, but there's ice at the Joe.
So why wasn't Helm on that ice today? His coach figures he knows.
"I didn't see him today, so he must be doing really good," Mike Babcock said, smiling. "He had another day off, I would assume."
Updated at 3:25 PM with some Griffins news: This story isn't Red Wings-related per se, but NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale gave the Red Wings' prospect tournament quite set of plugs and praises, and given that the lockout
[T]here's a good chance fans in attendance might catch a glimpse of a future Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's rookie of the year. It happened in 2010 when Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, the No. 7 pick in that year's NHL Draft, connected for two goals and finished with seven points in four tournament games in Traverse City before erupting for 31 goals and 63 points in 82 games with the Hurricanes en route to winning the Calder Trophy.
Updated 9x at 7:30 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories:
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau finally received the go-ahead to publish the New York Rangers' prospect tournament roster, rounding out the eight teams involved, including the Red Wings (and their try-outs), the Blues, Wild, Stars, Sabres, Hurricanes and Blue Jackets. The prospect tournament starts on Thursday, September 5th and will end on Monday, September 10th (and Lindenau's posited a superb article highlighting prospects to watch at the tourney).
The Wings' main camp's on-ice portion begins on September 12th, there's an alumni game on the 14th (RedWingsCamps' Twitter account posted a picture of the spiffy one-off jerseys yesterday) and the camp includes two exhibition-game-day practices on the 16th (when the Wings play Chicago) and 17th (when the Wings play the Penguins).
The Detroit Red Wings' community relations department posits a press release noting the start of the Wings' "school assembly program" starting tomorrow:
DETROIT RED WINGS FOUNDATION KICKS OFF THIRD YEAR OF THE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM WITH DEFENSEMAN BRENDAN SMITH THIS WEDNESDAY
... Wings School Assembly Program set to Make 115 Visits During 2013-14 Season ...
Detroit, MI… Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith will kick off the third year of the Red Wings School Assembly Program with a visit to St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The School Assembly Program is sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Today marks the start of a very, very busy sixteen-day stretch for me, and while tomorrow's 230-mile drive's always an adventure, as the mom likes to say, "Packing is purgatory" (can you tell that my anxiety disorder's doing somersaults?).
The Red Wings' players will skate at Joe Louis Arena as informal practices slowly but surely increase in both intensity and attendance during the lead-up to training camp on September 12th, and while the Wings now fly in to Cherry Capital airport, the players taking part in Thursday-to-Monday's prospect tournament are in for long travel days followed by the poking and prodding involved in taking physicals.
A pair of Twitter-savvy Wings prospects took note of their impending journeys to Traverse City...
This seems to be a familiar result given Pavel Datsyuk's win over Pavel Datsyuk for TSN's Play of the Year title...
Which Datsyuk goals made the cut? Let's head over to the Wings' page and find out...
Contender A is Datsyuk's all-but-literal dekeing of Logan Couture out of his shorts...
Updated with some Jimmy Howard chatter at 2:04 PM: Today's Red Wings-related stories mostly involve "tidbits," but I did find something of a tale of two prospects who are taking part in the Red Wings' main camp and prospect tournament, respectively, on what is a bit of a "slow day."
Grand Rapids Griffins forward Landon Ferraro is making a 2,260-mile trip from Vancouver, British Columbia to Grand Rapids, MI, and he's rolling along...
The Ted Lindsay Foundation has been sending out Tweets regarding its annual celebrity golf outing for the past few weeks...
And the Oakland Press's Tom Watts spoke with Lindsay about his decision to dedicate himself to autism research--and to stick with it some 13 years after co-founding the foundation with John Czarnecki:
As September begins and the Red Wings prepare for the prospect tournament (which begins on Thursday in Traverse City) and their main training camp (from Thursday, September 12th to Tuesday, September 17th), there's a fly in the ointment in terms of the Wings' status as over the cap by about $638,000 (per Capgeek) and over the 23-man roster limit by 2 players.
If the Wings were to somehow find a way to convince an NHL team to take even half of Mikael Samuelsson's $3 million salary onto their books, and to find a way to convince #37 to waive his no-trade clause, the team might not have to consider moving two of Cory Emmerton, Patrick Eaves and Jordin Tootoo (listed from most-likely-to-move to least-likely-to-move) to get back under the $64.3-million upper limit and the 23-man roster limit by 5 PM on September 29th (the day after the exhibition season ends).
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