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According to Michigan Radio's John U. Bacon, Red Wings legend Gordie Howe's place of NHL employment heavily influenced the establishment of a college hockey dynasty:
With Howe leading the Red Wings, rinks and little leagues sprouted all over Detroit. Howe’s wife Colleen started the junior Red Wings, which produced hundreds of world-class players, including their sons, Mark and Marty. Mark starred for the Red Wings, too, and is a Hall of Famer himself.
But I never fully appreciated Gordie Howe’s power until I researched my first book, on Michigan hockey. I learned just a few nudges from Howe helped Michigan’s hockey program rise to the top – and stay there.
Gordie Howe was one of nine kids born in a farmhouse in Floral, Sasketchewan – a town so tiny, it’s not even on the atlas index. When he joined the Red Wings, the entire province pulled for him.
Amongst this morning's Red Wings notebooks and stories of of Red Wings-related note (I ran out of room in the Wings-Kings set-up):
Let's start with the Gordie Howe stuff. The Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Howe's status with one Steve Yzerman...
"I was walking in the hallway outside the locker room at Joe Louis Arena," Yzerman said Wednesday. "He introduced himself to me and I was kind of in awe. I was 18 years old. He was very nice and very humble and down to earth. You're talking, at the time, to the best player ever to play. It was a neat thing, at that time, for me."
The next summer, Yzerman and Howe were at a charity event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when Yzerman realized he'd under-packed.
"I'd forgotten my shin pads, and he let me wear his," Yzerman said. "Then he left before I could give them back, so I carried them around for quite a while. That's Gordie Howe — very humble, very down to earth. Just a really nice person."
I'm going to start this entry with honesty: I'm sorry about the lack of a full recap last night and my absence from the practice news cycle today. I'm still trying to get my mental shit together after what happened last week, and apparently the body wasn't a fan of getting back to working 14-to-16 hours on game days.
I am incredibly grateful that Paul's been helping keep TMR going--not everybody has a boss who's both a mentor and friend--and I'm grateful that you've (generally) been willing to stick with me this month. I'd hoped to go to some Griffins games and do things like the Hockey Writers' Tom Mitsos did on Thursday in interviewing Anthony Mantha, but sometimes life throws you knucklepucks.
I'm going to combine two entries into one to catch up a bit.
First, in the prospect news department:
In game action, in the SHL, Axel Holmstrom won 100% of his faceoffs and played 6:48 in Skelleftea AIK's 3-2 win over Lulea;
Mattias Janmark went 50% on his faceoffs and played 21:47 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 shootout win over Vaxjo;
from Tom Mistsos of The Hockey Writers,
For the past week-and-a-half, Mantha has been in Grand Rapids training, conditioning and working out with the Griffins while he recovers from his injury. I had a chance to talk to him about his injury, his favorite player growing up and his cooking skills following the Griffins’ 2-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday.
The Hockey Writers: How’s the tibia feeling?
Anthony Mantha: Feeling good, actually. Started skating on Monday, Tuesday. Going back at it tomorrow and Friday. So, it does feel good.
THW: Do you have a timetable for when you are going to return?
AM: Right now, it’s more of a conditioning. I have to start working out more on my legs, and realistically, maybe three weekends or so (for a return).
Ansar Khan tweets,
Wings lines at practice: Abdelkader-Datsyuk-Zetterberg, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Nestrasil-Helm-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson.
Defense pairs same: Kronwall-Ericsson, Quincey-DeKeyser, Smith-Kindl. Lashoff rotating in. Cleary and Franzen (IR) extras.
via Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Stephen Weiss' conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins lasted less than one game - at least for now.
The Detroit Red Wings forward, who has played only one game this season after missing most of last year with a sports hernia, had to leave Grand Rapids' 2-1 loss to Rockford Wednesday after the second period because of a sore groin.
He was scheduled to play for the Griffins again Friday before rejoining the Red Wings but instead is headed back to Detroit, where he'll be reevaluated.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Weiss' groin was too sore to play Friday, when the Griffins host Chicago.
The Detroit Red Wings will host the LA Kings Friday night, so in the meantime, enjoy over 19 minutes of highlights from the win in Washington last night.
Watch it below...
The Grand Rapids Griffins may or may not have Stephen Weiss's services when they host the Chicago Wolves on Friday as Weiss was pulled out of the game due to "soreness" in his groin...
But Weiss's presence or absence didn't fare into the Griffins' inability to break a "goose egg" at home." Grand Rapids dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rockford IceHogs despite out-shooting Rockford 39-27, and the Griffins are now 0-and-3 at home.
The Griffins' website recapped the game...
Things were complicated. The Wings out-skated and out-played the Capitals by a wide margin in the 1st despite being out-shot 8-3 in the 1st, the Wings were just dreadful in the 2nd, surrendering a pair of PP-and-all-but-on-the-PP goals because their line changes were Chinese Fire Drills, and in the 3rd, when Mike Babcock decided to place Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line--after a superb amount of work from one Jimmy Howard in the bail-out-your-team category--Pavel Datsyuk proved to be a far better judge of talent than we knew in aiding Abdelkader in the game-tying gaol, assisting on the game-winning goal and then scoring the salt-away marker.
Detroit took a 4-2 decision despite the fact that few Wings fans thought that the team had a chance to do more than steal a point after Troy Brouwer caught everyone but Howard staring at the puck with 58 seconds left in the 2nd...
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