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Red Wings prospect news: Mantha scores gamer in Super Series; a Bertuzzi profile and Griffins stuff

The Subway Super Series got underway on Monday night in Gatineau, Quebec, with a team of QMJHL stars battling a...middling-on-paper Russian team. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin stole the show via a 3-assist performance in the QMJHL's 3-2 win over Russia, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon got talked up for his 2 goals-and-1-assist perforance in La Belle Province, but NHL.com's Adam Kimelman notes that a certain Red Wings prospect scored the game-winner:

Anthony Mantha's goal with 4:07 left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League a 3-2 win against Russia on Monday in the opening game of the Subway Super Series, palyed in Gatineau, Quebec.

The line of Mantha, Charles Hudon and Jonathan Drouin supplied all the offense for QMJHL. Hudon had two goals and an assist; Drouin had the primary assist on all three goals.


Mantha, taken by the Detroit Red Wings with the 20th pick of the 2013 draft, scored the winner at 15:53 of the third. Hudon carried the puck into the Russia end and dropped it for Drouin. His shot was blocked, but Mantha grabbed the loose puck in front of the Russia net, kicked it his backhand in the crease and scored.

Strong play in front of the net is nothing new for Mantha. Last season he was the only 2013 draft-eligible player in the Canadian Hockey League to score 50 goals, and this season he leads the QMJHL with 24 goals and 54 points in 23 games.

The Subway Super Series' website and Canadian Press also posted recaps, HockeysFuture spoke with Hudon and Drouin, and Sportsnet posted a 1:17 highlight clip:

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Red Wings confirm participation in benefit for Matt Sorisho this Wednesday at Compuware Arena

Last weekend, Ken Daniels and Fox Sports Detroit revealed that the Red Wings are taking part in a fundraiser for the family of Matt Sorisho this Wednesday, November 20th at Compwuare Arena in Plymouth (from 6-10 PM), and today, the Red Wings' community relations department fleshed out the team's participation. Per DetroitRedWings.com's Christy Hammond:

Detroit Red Wings players Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Mikael Samuelsson and Stephen Weiss will be joined by head coach Mike Babcock along with alumni Ted Lindsay, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood and Kirk Maltby at a benefit held on the covered ice at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m.

This event will raise money for medical, home modification and mobility equipment expenses that Matt Sorisho, a senior at Detroit Catholic Central High School, faces after suffering a serious injury during a hockey tournament that left him with life-changing spinal cord injuries, which are estimated to be over $500,000 in the first year.

Tickets are still available to the event for $100 and can be purchased online by visiting http://bidpal.net/matt18 The e.vent will feature a large assortment of auction items, including packages donated by the Red Wings:


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Red Wings Monday practice post: mixed bag of injury news as Smith good to go, Alfredsson still iffy

Updated 7x at 4:14 PM: The Red Wings returned to practice at Joe Louis Arena after having dropped consecutive shootout decisions on Friday and Saturday, and MLive's Ansar Khan reported good news on the injury front...

Wings on ice for practice. Everybody is skating, including Weiss and Smith, who've been out with injuries.


Correction, Alfredsson is not skating.


Wings skating with these lines: 49-13-44, 93-43-21, 71-18-37. 20-8, Weiss skating with top 6, they're short a player on bottom six.

And bad news in the hype department...

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The Winter Classic hopes to come in, go out with a ‘bang’

Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit Free Press's Mark Snyder reports that the University of Michigan's Board of Regents have what I'll suggest is a "unique" Athletic Department proposal to vote upon at the Board's upcoming meeting:

One is a “close proximity fireworks display” for the NHL’s Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, to be held Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium.

From the regents’ agenda posted today: “Fireworks would be displayed at various points during the playing of the national anthems of Canada and the United States, and during player introductions. They may also be displayed during musical performances during the first or second intermission. Immediately following the game, the event would close out with fireworks for approximately one minute. The brief pregame and intermission displays will be performed from the field and rooftops and the postgame display from the rooftops of the east and west towers of the stadium.”

NHL Enterprises would contract with ACE Pyro for the display.

Update: Via Paul, MLive's Kellie Woodhouse offers some economic context for the event:

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Red Wings will reveal details of Hockeytown Winter Festival’s ‘Coke Zero Fan Zone’ on Wednesday

The Red Wings emailed a press release about a press conference (scheduled for Wednesday morning) to their "media" email list this morning, and I am intrigued to find out what the "Coke Zero Fan Zone" will involve:


WHAT: Major announcement detailing the Coke Zero™Fan Zone which will be a prominent feature of the 2013 SiriusXM®Hockeytown Winter Festival™and will take place outside of Comerica Park™.

Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment representatives join Red Wings Alumni to share details about the five-day celebration which will provide a festive backdrop with hockey and winter-themed activities all ages can enjoy.

Hockey activities, food offerings and a special live music performance preview that will be part of the Fan Zone will also be showcased.

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Griffins issue ‘Tip a Griffin’ reminder, post Jurco’s hat trick and play ‘Spelling Bee’

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a Tweet reminding fans that their annual "Tip a Griffin" charitable event is taking place tomorrow, and Tuesday's charitable event very literally has the players engaging in community service:

Update: FYI:


(The Griffins revised their lineups via email: Jordin Tootoo's now taking part and the 3 remaining locations will now include those who were supposed to take part in the Ucello's event in Caledonia, MI):

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins usually look for tips near the net, but on Monday, Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m., they’ll exchange their jerseys for aprons in an evening of serving appetizers, entrees and beverages to patrons at Uccello’s Ristorante, in the return of the team’s popular Tip-A-Griffin fundraiser.

Griffins players, coaches and hockey staff will visit all four Uccello’s locations in West Michigan to serve and wait tables, with donations and raffle proceeds benefiting the Griffins Youth Foundation. In its previous seven editions, Tip-A-Griffin raised nearly $70,000 for various local charities.

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Former Red Wings alum Reg Sinclair’s passing yields loss of a legend for Mike Babcock’s alma mater

Sometimes obituaries of hockey players offer little context. On Friday, the NHL reported that Reg Sinclair, who played in 69 regular season and 3 playoff games for the Red Wings back in the 1952-1953 season, had passed away at age 88.

It turns out that Mr. Sinclair has more than 69 games' worth of a connection to the Red Wings, and, when Mike Babcock receives his honorary doctorate from McGill University next Monday, the CBC News reports that Babcock's likely to pay tribute to one of the McGill Redmen's most legendary players:

Born on March 6, 1925 in Lachine, Que., Sinclair served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he enrolled at McGill, where he was an all-star with the Redmen from 1945 to 1949, and earned a commerce degree in 1949.

During his senior year, Sinclair served as captain of the Redmen and was voted MVP of the Senior Intercollegiate Hockey League after winning the conference scoring title with 21 goals and 14 assists in 12 games.

A prolific scorer, he tied a McGill single-game —recordwhich still stands—scoring 10 points, including seven assists, against the University of Montreal Carabins on Feb. 25, 1949.

Sinclair also established a number of other McGill records, including: most assists in a period, most assists in a game, fastest five points and assists in a game, fastest four points and assists in a game, and fastest three points and assists in a game.


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Red Wings overnight report: on injuries, shootouts and first-quarter grades

Updated by an insomnia-battling blogger at 6:44 AM: The Detroit Red Wings will get back to practice today ahead of a busy two weeks--the team hosts the Predators on Tuedsay the 19th, the Hurricanes on Thursday the 21st (many Wings players, coaches, front office and alums will take part in a fundraiser for paraplegic Catholic Central player Matt Sorisho [a former teammate of coach Mike Babcock's son] at Compuware Arena on Wednesday the 20th, so a few Canes players may chat with the Wings before they tangle the next day)--the Wings will attempt to assuage their 6-1 loss to Ottawa when they host Daniel Alfredsson's former employer on Saturday the 23rd, and they're going to head to Buffalo for a 5 PM-starting Sunday game on the 24th, all before hosting the Bruins on Thanksgiving Eve and playing a 4 PM matinee on Long Island on Black Friday...

And as you know by now, the Wings boast a lovely 0-1-2-and-3 record over the past six games, including last Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to Washington and Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Islanders.

The Free Press's Larry Fleischer reports that Brendan Smith is highly likely to return to the lineup on Tuesday as his injured shoulder's healed, but he doesn't believe that Daniel Alfredsson will return until Thursday or Saturday given the "Mike Babcock rule" regarding groin injuries. Smith could've played on Saturday, but the trainers held him out of the game:

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Red Wings prospect news: Walleye lose; Super Series on the way

Sunday's crop of prospect news, save Andreas Athanasiou's signing, isn't particularly deep, but I'm sticking with the, "Prospect news in one place, Wings in the other" split.

The ECHL's Toledo Walleye are having an up-and-down season, but Red Wings prospects are doing their part to aid the Walleye's cause. Martin Frk scored 2 goals, Trevor Parkes had a goal and an assist (and now has 8 goals, 6 assists and 14 points registered over the course of 12 games played), Max Nicastro was a -2 and Jared Coreau stopped 21 of 26 shots in the Walleye's 5-4 loss to the Reading Royals on Sunday evening.

The Walleye's website recounts the game's events...

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Red Wings Sunday news: Wings sign Athanasiou; NHL removes CoPa grass; Wings-Isles stuff; Alums lose

Amongst the day-after-the-Red Wings-lost again news stories found by this still-sleepless blogger:

Via Paul, TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie reports that Red Wings have inked their third prospect of the fall to an entry-level deal, following up the team's signings of 2013 draft picks Anthony Mantha and Zach Nastasiuk by signing 2012 4th rounder Andreas Athanasiou to a 3-year deal on either Saturday night or Sunday morning:

Athanasiou probably not-so-coincidentally registered 3 assists and was named the 1st star in his Barrie Colts' 8-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs on Saturday evening.

In news of a very different kind of investment made to secure the use of one sports team's facility at the "expense" of another: Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that Comerica Park no longer has grass on its playing surface, and that's because the NHL's had the grass removed to accommodate the Winter Classic's Hockeytown Winter Festival:

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