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Dylan Larkin earns Fastest Skater record

Dylan Larkin won his Fastest Skater heat against Roman Josi, taking 12.894 seconds to make the loop...

And as the fastest skater of the East and West's participants, Larkin was able to take a lap attempting to beat Mike Gartner's full-rink lopp record, which he did with a 13.172 second loop:

Mike Gartner set the record in 1995, with a 13.38 second lap, a year before Larkin was born.

From NHL.com:

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Evening news: Some well-deserved Larkin mania and discussion of ‘bus-driving’ Datsyuk and Zetterberg

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

MLive's Brendan Savage kicks off the Dylan Larkin mania with a superb essay profiling Larkin from many perspectives, including those of Ken Holland, Mickey Redmond and Larkin's teammates:

Larkin is certainly no average teenager with his face being on the cover of The Hockey News, fans in the Joe Louis Arena stands wearing Red Wings jerseys with his name and No. 71 on the back and the constant media demands, which will undoubtedly reach new heights in Nashville. But none of it has gone to his head, according to those who know him best.

"For sure," said roommate Luke Glendening. "Even the first day I met him in the summer he was like, 'I don't know what's going to happen this year' but he had goals and he's achieving them one by one. Every day is a testament to that and he loves being on the ice, he loves being in the gym, wherever he can be.

"He's still pretty quiet. He's a jokester. He's got a good sense of humor. The maturity you guys (in the media) see is the same maturity we see at home. I think that's unique to a 19-year-old but for someone in his spot especially. It's extremely cool to watch."

Savage also asked Holland and Redmond whether Larkin's discomfort at the All-Star Game might benefit him in the long term...

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Dylan Larkin Hits The Red Carpet In Nashville

Dylan Larkin ready for the red carpet.

In the first picture he is with Taylor Hall and John Scott.

You can watch all the proceedings on the NHL Network starting at 5:00pm ET and the Skills Competion at 7:00pm on NBCSN.


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Prospect news: Griffins mired in home-ice slump; Paterson posts first pro shtuout; Saarijarvi 2+1

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins know how the Wings feel about home ice of late. Grand Rapids is now 0-4-and-1 in its last 5 home games after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Toronto Marlies, surrendering 3 3rd-period goals after buildng a 2-1 lead--and surrendering those 3 3rd-period goals in the game's final 6:22 of regulation.

The Griffins' website filed a recap...

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The overnight report: Larkin the All-Star, Larkin the Calder candidate, Larkin, surprisingly mature

Dylan Larkin's first day at the NHL's All-Star Weekend was spent taking part in "media day," and Larkin, who doesn't kow any of his non-Red Wings teammates, admitted that he's feeling nervous about this weekend's festivities, as he told NHL.com's Dan Rosen...

"I feel more nervous than I would for an actual game," Larkin said Friday. "I don't really know many guys and I don't really know what's going on."

Larkin was a fan until this season, another teenager dreaming of one day getting his chance but never expecting it to come this soon.

He was playing for the University of Michigan last season, and participating in the IIHF World Junior Championship with the United States. Now he's an All-Star from an NHL Original Six franchise on pace for a 25-goal season before he turns 20 years old.

Larkin is third in goals (15), assists (18) and points (33) among rookies.

"Just to be here is awesome, especially as a young guy to see all these guys, how they handle themselves with the media and how they represent themselves in public," Larkin said. "It's just really cool, special to me to be a part of this. I grew up watching most of these guys."

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Red Wings Alums part of weekend of fundraising for Clark Park hockey

If you have some free time this weekend, the Clark Park Hockey Coalition is attempting to raise funds to sustain the program today and on Saturday, as noted by the Associated Press...

Former members of the Detroit Red Wings will skate during an alumni game to raise funds for youth hockey.

The annual Frozen Fish Fiasco starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

The event is a weekend of games featuring amateur teams from youth hockey organizations. It has raised more than $75,000 for the Clark Park Coalition.

Team STAHLS' is the alumni team's opponent. It was formed by a group of workers from Sterling Heights-based Stahls' which is a direct supplier of jerseys to professional sports teams.

And WWJ Newsradio 950:

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Mid-day news: Praise for Mrazek and Larkin and 3-on-3 talk

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Petr Mrazek was named the "ECHL Alumnus of the Month," most likely preceding NHL Player of the Month honors...

The 23-year-old went 7-1-1 in nine appearances in January with two shutouts, a 1.32 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. He allowed two goals or less in eight of his nine appearances and made at least 22 saves in seven games.

Mrazek has appeared in 32 games with the Red Wings this season posting a record of 18-9-4 with three shutouts. He is second in the NHL with a .932 save percentage and ranks third with a 2.03 goals-against average.

Selected by the Red Wings in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Mrazek has seen action in 73 career NHL games going 37-23-6 with eight shutouts, a 2.14 goals-against average and a save percentage of .926.

2. And NHL.com's Pete Jensen suggests that Mrazek is the Red Wings' "fantasy hockey MVP" thus far:

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Dylan Larkin to take part in 3 All-Star Skills Competition events

NHL.com just released its list of Eastern Conference All-Star Skills Competition participants, and Dylan Larkin will take part in three events:

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)


Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay: Stick handling: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)


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Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)

Update: Dylan Larkin took part in a media Q and A session with the assembled media at the All-Star Weekend in Nashville today, and Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough is first out of the chute with a Larkin profile/ and Q and A:

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Ken Kal Twitterview transcript

Red Wings broadcaster Ken Kal spoke with Wings fans in a Twitter Q and A this morning, and here are his comments:

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Two more Larkin profiles

Two more Dylan Larkin profiles popped up overnight. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke with Larkin's former coach, US NTDP coach Danton Cole, about Larkin's fiery temperament...

At the national training program, sports psychologists talk about it with the young hopefuls: resolving and refocusing raw emotions, especially the urge for retributive violence that often arises in hockey. Cole said the person who worked with Larkin’s age group called it “the temperature gauge.”

“It can’t get too hot. It can’t get too cold,” Cole said. “You know, it’s somewhere in the middle. There is where you’ve got to find kind of the right temp, where you play your game at.

“I think Dylan has kind of found that. Whereas, before, you know, it was maybe a little too much. I think he’s got it in a pretty good spot now, where he’s focused. But the compete and the battle is still there.”

Krupa continues, and MLive's Brendan Savage both posted a set of Larkin "highlight clips" and he conducted an interview with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Larkin's potential, comparing and contrasting Larkin's rookie season with that of Steve Yzerman:

"I think we all kind of realized early on in Steve Yzerman's career that he was going to be a special player," Holland said. "Now how special? What's he going to accomplish individually and what's he going to lead as he became a captain?

"In Dylan's case, we're all watching. He's got his whole future ahead of him. He's 19 years of age. My take is I guess I live moment to moment because that's my job description. My vision goes out a year. I don't look five and six and seven years.

"My vision goes out this year and into the summertime and the salary cap and what are we looking at into September?"

Savage also continues...

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