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A Kocur charitable softball game reminder

Many Red Wings fans tell me that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the highlight of their summer, so, as a reminder:

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All Evgeny Svechnikov

From the Cape Breton Post's Q and A with Evgeny Svechnikov:

Who was your childhood hockey idol? Alex Cherepanov.  

Who has had the most influence on your career?  My parents.

What is one thing people don’t know about you? Things were not always so easy for my family financially, but my parents made a lot of sacrifices for me and my brother growing up, especially when it came to us playing hockey.

What jersey number do you prefer to wear and why? I wear No. 37 because in Russia, the number three is believed to be a number from God and my hockey idol Alex Cherepanov wore the number seven.

Do you have a nickname? Chevy, short form for my last name Svechnikov.


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Looking back at the Red Wings’ youth hockey camp

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article about the 298 players who took part in the Red Wings' youth hockey camp, including 3 VIP's in Teddy, Owen and Josie Blashill:

'They had a blast,” proclaimed coach Jeff Blashill, speaking about his kids’ experience. “It’s a really well-organized camp, and obviously with the addition of Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening and Danny DeKeyser, it’s a neat thing for the kids to be on the ice with Red Wings players. I know my kids had a lot of fun and I know they were really tired.”

Kids ages 6 to 16 came from every corner of the United States and two Canadian provinces – Ontario and Manitoba – to participate in the three-day instruction camp hosted by former Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby.

Told that two young sons of a U.S. serviceman stationed in Japan traveled to Detroit to join in the fun, Blashill said, “It means we have Red Wings fans everywhere and I think that just speaks to what a special thing it is to be part of the Red Wings’ organization.”

Blashill, who is getting set for his first season behind the bench as the 27th head coach in franchise history, was impressed with the pace of the camp and the level of instruction each youth skater received.

“First of all, it’s a well-planned camp and they do a real good job teaching skills,” he said. “No. 2, they get an opportunity to skate on Joe Louis ice and be here in this great arena. I think it’s a neat experience for the kids, and then No. 3. just being around guys like Kirk Maltby – a four-time Stanley Cup winner – and the players, I think it’s a real neat thing for them.”

Roose continues...

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Slightly off-topic: Little Caesars Hockey doubles in size and reach

This is definitely intriguing from a minor/developmental hockey standpoint. From the Red Wings:

… New Collaboration Aims to Grow Number of Youth Hockey Players in Farmington Hills …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Hockey today announced a collaboration with the Farmington Hills Hockey Association, allowing it to formally become the Little Caesars Farmington Hills Hockey Association (LCFHHA) and effectively more than doubling the number of Little Caesars affiliated teams in the Metro Detroit area. 

The agreement allows Little Caesars Hockey the opportunity to develop Farmington Hills-based teams from Mini-Mite (ages 5-6) up to Midget (ages 15-18) by fully integrating AAA hockey all the way through Initiation Programs, such as the Detroit Red Wings “Little Wings” program and “TimBits” Learn to Play program, designed to provide an affordable way for children to learn how to play hockey.

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Of Twitter-related Red Wings and Griffins note

I'm usually not a one-tweet-entry guy at TMR, but this is cool news from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Also of Twitter-related note:

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Buccigross’s Wings ‘Mt. Rushmore’

ESPN's John Buccigross revisited his now six-year-old picks for NHL teams' respective Mt. Rushmores, and here's what he had to say about the Red Wings:

Detroit Red Wings

2009 team/theory: Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom, Terry Sawchuk and Steve Yzerman. Eleven Stanley Cups for the Red Wings. I believe Gordie, Lidstrom and Stevie Y are locks. I went with Sawchuk. He won three Cups in four seasons as the Wings' netminder in the early '50s.

2015: Pavel Datsyuk will make the Hall of Fame and have his number retired, but he can't crack this group. Same goes for Henrik Zetterberg. So: Howe, Lidstrom, Sawchuk, Yzerman.

Buccigross continues with 29 other teams' "4 best players"...

My Mt. Rushmore has Ted Lindsay instead of Sawchuk as Lindsay still bleeds Red Wings red. Who does your Wings Mt. Rushmore consist of?

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This Season’s Outlook For Niklas Kronwall

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: The team's acquisition of Mike Green will take some pressure to produce off Kronwall, but a club that doesn't generate a lot of offense from the blue line could still use another 40-point season from its workhorse defenseman.

Since Nicklas Lidstrom retired in 2012, Kronwall arguably has been the player the Red Wings can least afford to have out of the lineup because he does everything. He leads the team in ice time, playing on the top power-play and penalty killing units, playing against top lines at even strength and playing in the final minute of close games.

Noted for his crushing open-ice hits, he's been more selective in recent years and probably will be more careful not to cross the line after his first career suspension came at the worst possible time – the decisive game against Tampa Bay. But opponents should know by now to keep their head up when he's on the ice.

It appears coach Jeff Blashill will keep Kronwall paired with Jonathan Ericsson for the fourth year in a row. Brendan Smith is another option as Kronwall's partner.


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Early overnight report: On Joe Hicketts, Evgeny Svechnikov, Tomas Nosek and a Slovak APB

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Victoria Royals point us toward a non-embeddable video in which Kamloops, British Columbia's CFJC TV profiles one Joe Hicketts:

2. This isn't necessarily "Red Wings-related in straight-line sense," but Evgeny Svechnikov harkened back to words of wisdom from the Red Wings' brass and one Pavel Datsyuk in an interview with the Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Andrew Rankin, who reports that Svechnikov's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles began their QMJHL training camp on Wednesday:

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‘Three Things’: A Jeff Blashill charitable appearance; Babs-sheet-gate continues; farewell, DC

Of brief Red Wings-related note:

1. Jeff Blashill will appear at "Kohl's Safety Day" in Livonia, MI on August 20th...

WHAT: Kohl’s will present a $195,772 check to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation at Kohl’s Safety Day featuring Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill.

WHO: The gift supports Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program (KIPP) at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC, which provides injury prevention education and safety tools to decrease unintentional child deaths and injuries. In the past 15 years, Kohl’s has donated more than $6,194,443 to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation through Kohl’s Cares®. 

WHEN 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 20 (Check presentation scheduled for 5 p.m.)

WHERE: Kohl’s - Livonia  29580 7 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152.

VISUALS: Kids ages 14 and younger will receive a free bike helmet, and Coach Blashill will sign the first 100. The event also features free children’s activities, music, snacks and local public safety officials and vehicles.

2. Johan Franzen continues to give Gustav Nyquist a hard time while attempting to mend fences for the "Daddy Babs" sheet set...

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Toledo Walleye release promotional schedule

From the Toledo Walleye:

Walleye release 2015-16 promo schedule


Banners Raised, Exciting Theme Nights and Great Giveaways

The Huntington Center is the place to be this winter for all of the fun and excitement of Toledo Walleye hockey! The upcoming season is loaded with exciting theme night promotions, great giveaways, as well as awesome opportunities to hang out with the players on and off the ice!

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