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Evening news: Walleye unveil modified jersey; Fischer working for Czechs; multi-sport talk

Of disparate Red Wings and hockey-related note this evening:

1. The Toledo Walleye unveiled a modified (new) jersey earlier this evening:

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Red Wings at the World Cup (exhibition): Tatar, Vanek score for Europe; Marchenko OK for Russia

In Team Europe's 6-2 win over Sweden, Tomas Tatar scored the 2-0 goal, slickly taking a set of passes from Mark Streit and Marian Gaborik and finding the back of the net on Henrik Lundqvist's glove side...

He also had an assist on Anze Kopitar's 6-2 empty-netter, finishing what must have been an 80-to-90-second shift battling as the Swedes pulled Jacob Markstrom. Tatar had a shot, a blocked shot, took a penalty and played 13:43;

Thomas Vanek scored the 4-1 goal, a breakaway thanks to a giveaway by Anton Stralman. Vanek's never going to be a speedster by any stretch of the imagination, but he seems to find the right place on the ice. He finished at +1 with 3 shots and a takeaway in 12:19:

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Red Wings at the World Cup (exhibition): Mrazek strong for Czechs, Larkin assists TNA

The Czechs are going to have quite the pickle in picking their starter for Saturday's World Cup opener against the Americans as Petr Mrazek was stout over the second half of Team Czech Republic's 3-2 win over Team North America.

Mrazek stopped 17 of 19 shots over the course of half-a-game's worth of play--he had no chance on Shane Gostisbehere's one-timer from Dylan Larkin, and a bad bounce off a Czech defenseman = he could only get his toe on Auston Matthews' shot--while Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 earlier in the game. Mrazek was absolutely stout late in the game with Team North America pushing hard, especially on the power play.

And for Team North America, Larkin played on a line with Mark Scheifele and Nathan MacKinnon, and he registered a fantastic assist, a shot and a hit in only 10:34 played.

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WHL’s Vancouver Giants to honor Gordie Howe, retire #9

From the Langley Times' Gary Ahjua:

Mr. Hockey will be honoured at the Vancouver Giants regular season opener at the Langley Events Centre. The Giants — set to play their first season at the LEC — will wear special uniforms to pay tribute to Howe in the game against the Everett Silvertips on Sept. 23.

Howe passed away in June at age 88.

The teams will also play with a special No. 9 game puck and the Howe family will be on hand for a pre-game ceremony. Every fan in attendance will also receive a commemorative pin.

Howe was one of the original owners of the Giants when the franchise joined the Western Hockey League in 2001.

“Gordie was a big part of the franchise from the start,” said Vancouver majority owner Ron Toigo. “Along with Pat (Quinn), he gave us instant credibility in the hockey world. He was like family to us (and) we will never forget what he meant to the Giants, and to be sure no one ever does, we will honour him as we did Pat by retiring number 9 on opening night with the Howe family.”


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Red Wings will stream prospect tournament games


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TMR afternoon line: Confidence is key for Jonathan Ericsson

Jonathan Ericsson mostly discussed the status of his hip impingement wtih the media yesterday, but he also made a very telling comment about his play during the past season, as DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji noted:

"At the end I didn’t feel real confident,” Ericsson said. “What the factors are I’m not sure. I didn’t feel real confident with the puck. It’s something I want to start feeling better. I felt better going into last year with confidence and stuff. Just over the years you lose it sometimes and it’s hard to get it back. You have to get into a good roll with playing and feeling good about everything and that’s a big part in how everyone is playing, I think.”

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Nick Lidstrom helping shape, inspiring Team Sweden’s defense at the World Cup

From Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt:

The accidental architect of the world’s most dynamic blue line stands near a blown-up banner of the Swedish national team logo, sipping coffee from the paper cup in his hand.

It’s been more than four years since Nicklas Lidstrom retired from playing hockey, but he still wears the blue and yellow of Tre Kronor. Along with countrymen Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin, his official title for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey reads SENIOR ADVISOR, though it might as well be IN-PERSON INSPIRATION. When Sweden unloaded here Sunday evening for practice, a particularly meaningful picture was hung inside an auxiliary dressing room: It shows Lidstrom, Alfredsson, and Sundin smiling after beating Finland at the 2006 Torino Olympics, gold medals dangling from their necks.

“They obviously set their mark on the history of the sport,” Swedish defenseman Anton Stralman says. “Look at the music industry—all the bands that come up are influenced by other bands and make them special. I think it’s the exact same thing in hockey.”


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Open post: Team Czech Republic vs. Team North America

The Czech Republic will split goaltending duties when they battle Dylan Larkin and Team North America this afternoon (3:30 PM EDT start on ESPN3/Sportsnet/TVA Sports), so Michal Neuvirth and Petr Mrazek will play half a game apiece as the Czechs attempt to sort out their goaltending situation.

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Jimmy Howard addresses his role in a conversation with Khan

Updated 2x at 6:40 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, Jimmy Howard spoke with MLive's Ansar Khan regarding his status as the probable back-up this upcoming season, expressing a positive outlook about his role with the team:

"Whatever my role is that's what my role is going to be," Howard said. "I'm going to work hard, bring a great attitude and find ways to get better in my game. That's what I can control and that's the approach I'm going to take into the season, find ways to basically reinvent myself out there on the ice."

He added: "Obviously, it's Pete's job to lose (when) you finish the year in between the nets. It's my job to push him, not only to make him better but me better as well."

The schedule is more compressed due to a later start because of the World Cup and a bye week for each team. The Red Wings have 17 sets of back-to-back games. They will be relying on Howard to lighten Mrazek's workload.

"The schedule is almost like we're in an Olympic year," Howard said. "It's going to be very tight, a lot of games each week. You have to be ready to be called upon. It's turned into a two-goalie league."

Khan continues, and he posted a video of Howard's comments:

"I'm happy I'm here. I really didn't want to leave in the first place," Howard said Wednesday, following an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. "My family loves it here; I love it here. I've got a lot of great friends in the dressing room, so I'm happy for that."

Update: Here's more from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, via RedWingsFeed:

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Anthony Mantha After Today’s Informal Skate

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Obviously the main goal is to make the team. We can’t lie about it. Every single player wants to make the team.

 I need to be ready when camp starts. We’re leaving on the 21st so I need to be ready on the 21st or 22nd when it starts.

I just need to show them what I really got and how I can play my own game.

Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James also spoke with Mantha...

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