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The Grand Rapids Griffins begin their 2013-2014 season this evening in Rochester, NY, and the Griffins' PR department sent out a press release offering news, notes and "get-to-know-you" bios of the revamped Griffins' players. The Griffins won't play at home until October 18th, when they'll raise their 2013 Calder Cup Champions banner against the Milwaukee Admirals, but they'll play three games before their home opener.
GRIFFINS BEGIN DEFENSE OF CALDER CUP THIS WEEKEND
This Week’s Games
Never Just a Game: The Griffins will commence their 2013-14 campaign and their defense of their 2013 Calder Cup title by facing the Rochester Americans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Grand Rapids enters its 18th season overall, 13th in the AHL and 12th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
from Bill Roose of RewWings.com,
Joakim Andersson has more on his plate in his second full NHL season.
The third-line center may lack natural goal-scoring instincts, however, he’ll play a bigger role this season has a penalty-killer.
“It’s interesting, when you’re smart and you do things right you earn trust, and when you earn trust you get to go out on the ice all of the time,” coach Mike Babcock said. “That’s what he’s done. He’s come here and he’s found a way to be a regular guy, an important guy on our team, and we trust him.”
By gaining the trust of his team and coaches, Andersson managed to play nearly 4 ½ minutes on the penalty kill in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He averaged a little more than a minute of short-handed ice time last season, but logged 4:21 in a season-opener where the Wings had to kill off seven penalties, including a few questionable calls.
“A lot times especially in the beginning of the year the refs are even harder, so you really have to think about what you are doing with your stick and with your hands so you don’t grab hold of anything, or hook anyone,” Andersson said. “You have to think a little extra for the first couple of games.”
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, which will also include the presentation of the Lester Patrick Trophy, is set for Monday, Dec. 2, in Detroit, Mich., it was announced today by USA Hockey.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes Cindy Curley (Hudson, Mass.), Bill Guerin (Worcester, Mass.), Peter Karmanos, Jr. (Raleigh, N.C.), Ron Mason (East Lansing, Mich.) and Doug Weight (Warren, Mich.).
"We're extremely pleased to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction to the great state of Michigan and Hockeytown for the very first time," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "The Class of 2013 is an extraordinary group and we expect a capacity crowd for this very special evening."
Per the Wings' PR department...Here's some marketing/a free plug:
Jack Link’s® Continues Messin’ With Hockeytown
The leading meat snack brand sponsors Midwest hockey team for the third consecutive season
Detroit, Mich. & Minong, Wis. (Oct. 3, 2013)- Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky, one of the largest snack brands in the U.S., will sponsor the Detroit Red Wings in 2013-2014 for the third consecutive season.
Both Midwest staples, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and the Detroit Red Wings are entering another season together with hopes of even more excitement than years before. The tried and true pairing is sure to encourage fans to ‘Feed Their Wild Side’ in Hockeytown, USA!
Updated 5x at 1:45 PM: Alfredsson is okay: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena the morning after a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, preparing for a a two-games-in-two-nights slate against Carolina tomorrow and Saturday in Boston, and this afternoon's practice is already yielding jittery news:
I literally ran out of bandwidth in the overnight report, and I've had an adventurous night (in the bad sense of the term), so here's some "Red Wings overage."
The Owen Sound Sun Times' Bill Walker reports that Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk received marching orders of a sort when he departed training camp:
At times it was beautiful, and at times it was downright ugly, but the Red Wings opened their 2013-2014 campaign and kicked off a slate of three games played over the course of four nights by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Wednesday evening.
By Red Wings standards, the team's spate of penalties (seven), Jimmy Howard's late hand-it-to-em goal and inability to score on their own power plays (three), the game left much to be desired, but two points and holding your opponent to 20 shots ain't bad.
For the Sabres, it was a case of, "Could'a, would'a, should'a," as they told the Buffalo News's John Vogl:
As is perhaps typical at this time of year, the Detroit Red Wings found themselves on the short end of a "crackdown," their power play was ineffective, and a gigantic brain fart from Jimmy Howard made the team's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres far, far too "interesting"...
But Mikael Samuelsson's somewhat fluky-but-earned goal 12:05 into the 1st gave the Wings the lead...
Pavel Datsyuk scored a slick deke-and-dangle-and-backhand all of 36 seconds later...
This was plain old pretty. Welcome back, Red Wings, welcome back, Pavel.
The Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres face off in about 90 minutes (8 PM EDT, NBCSN/TSN2/97.1 FM, and in addition to today's game-day post, an afternoon/evening slate of stories cropped up while I was taking my pre-game nap.
The Red Wings posted Ken Kal's game-day preview...
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