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My internet connection's going downhiill fast, so I just wanted to say one thing: thank you for your comments, emails, Tweets and Facebook messages. I'm gonna take tonight off and possibly Sunday and/or Monday, and then I'll get back at 'er.
Those of you who feel that this Red Wings-hockey-less summer has been unberably long must surely know that your long wait is nearly at an end.
After the Joe Kocur Foundation's slate of softball games today, after the Red Wings' players, coaches and management take part in Olympic orientation camps (Pavel Datsyuk, who's in Sochi today, will probably linger in Russia until his daughter's first day of school; Mike Babcock and Ken Holland will face innumerable questions while taking part in the Canadian Olympic orientation camp in Calgary from Sunday to Wednesday; Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Jimmy Howard will head to Arlington, VA to take part in the U.S. Olympic orientation camp on Monday and Tuesday), the Wings' personnel will soon descend upon the Troy Sports Center and Joe Louis Arena for informal practices.
We're going to start reading "practice reports" by Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest and Friday at the latest.
We're a week and-a-half removed from the start of the Red Wings' prospect tournament in Traverse City, and as Ken Kal reminded us on Friday, the start of the Wings' main training camp is only 20 days away.
I'm not sure if this is news to you, but it's news to me, and big news at that: while we've been arguing about Russia's anti-homosexuality laws (and Brian Burke rather elouqently detailed why, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the "lifestlye" or "agenda" or whatthefuckeverelse your personal, political or religious beliefs guide you to believe, the Russians' laws that make as much as stating one's sexual preference in public equivalent to "spreading homosexual propaganda to minors" and now any sort of public demonstration, protest or "gathering" illegal are plain old *#$%@& up), and while TSN is promising to blanket Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp with over-analysis from Steve Yzerman's introductory presser at 5 PM on Sunday until the camp ends on Wednesday (you can be assured that the folks who aren't in Calgary will head to Arlington, VA to cover Team USA's 2-day orientation camp starting on Monday)...
A blurb from Sovetsky Sport's coverage of the Russians' two-day Olympic orientation camp, which kicked off on Friday and ends today on Sochi, Russia caught my eye.
Former Red Wing Darren McCarty promotes Joe Kocur’s charity softball game on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM
Former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane and Marc Fellhauer this afternoon, discussing his post-hockey life, his teeth, his upcoming book he's working on with USA Today's Kevin Allen (which will be coming out around Thanksgiving), the possibility of Grinder reuniting before McCarty takes part in the Winter Classic Alumni game, and mostly, he promoted the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball game, which takes place tomorrow starting at 10 AM at Duck Lake Pines in Highland, MI (tickets are $10 online or $15 "at the door").
The event will include THREE softball games including fifteen alums, autograph sessions, kids' activities, dedicated signing sessions with McCarty, Chris Osgood, Kirk Maltby and other Wings. Dave Coulier, Jeff Daniels, Slipknot's Joey Jordison and some other local celebs are playing, and the three games against local fire and police departments will raise money for a slate of Southeastern Michigan charities, including Team Kendall for Kids, the Huron Valley Special Olympics and other local charitable organizations.
McCarty plain old sounds happy and content in terms of where he is right now, and that's wonderful to hear:
From the Plymouth Whalers:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS HIT THE ICE IN TRAINING CAMP NEXT WEEK
Whalers scrimmage next Thursday and Friday from 9-11am and 2-4 pm
PLYMOUTH – The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers will start the 2013-14 season with the team’s annual training camp from Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
After several days of off-ice testing, getting fitted for equipment and finalizing schedules at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, the Whalers hit the ice in scrimmages on Thurs. Aug. 29 and Fri. Aug. 30 from 9-11 am and 2-4 pm at Compuware Arena. The scrimmages are open to the public and media. Rosters will be provided the day of the scrimmage.
After spending two months traversing North America, the Calder Cup has finally returned to Grand Rapids. Check out its schedule of public appearances over the next few weeks, then make your plans to come and meet Frank!
Friday, Aug. 23 6-8 p.m. with forward Luke Glendening
Big Bob’s Pizza – East Grand Rapids (661 Croswell Ave SE)
Updated 6x at 5:07 PM: I have a more than slightly disjointed slate of Red Wings-related news for you this afternoon, so let's start with fan-participatory news (and again, Wings single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow, and the Wings will lower the 1997 Stanley Cup banner at the Joe for fan photo opportunities):
(105.1 is giving tickets away every hour on the hour...)
This Tweet comes to us via Michigan Hockey...
I didn't have a good evening or night. When you're starting out and trying to establish yourself as a writer, you work very hard to earn the respect of your readers. When you've "arrived," even if you're a mid-market, mid-level "kind of sort of somebody" like me, you worry much more about your readers respecting each other, and that didn't happen on Thursday, so I was going to tell y'all to calm the hell down and leave you with this from Phantogram...
Pavel Datsyuk could have worded his answer to a question loaded with all but a literal bullet given that he was in a room full of a dozen Russian journalists and a couple dozen fans this morning much, much better than he did. But there are about eight billion ways that he could have said something much worse than leaning upon his status as a Russian Orthodox believer when asked about Russia's anti-homosexuality laws the day before he and the Russian Olympic orientation campers are meeting with none other than Vladimir Putin.
My best pal in the entire damn world is bisexual. I do not support any sort of even head-nodding toward discrimination towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender folks or any other *#$%@& human being for being any *#$%@& "different." Even people in the United States live in a country where some sexual assaults are borderline acceptable (ask Dr. Phil) and where the, "It's my religious belief and you have to respect that, too" statement is supposed to excuse bigotry against all sorts of "differences."*
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday released their schedule for the 2013-14 season. It will mark their 18th campaign overall, 13th as members of the American Hockey League and 12th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
The 2013 Calder Cup champions will begin defense of their title on Fri. Oct. 4 in Rochester, the first of three straight road games to start the season. The Griffins will then raise their championship banner prior to hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Fri., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.
Highlights of the 76-game schedule include:
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