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Updated 3x with a Kyle Quincey story at 7:11 AM: The Red Wings’ players begin their participation in the World Championships at 5:15 AM EDT today, when team USA faces off against France (on NBC Sports), and after Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader get their feet wet, the rest of the Wings’ participant—with the exception of Pavel Datsyuk (who you can continue to vote for in EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover Vote until May 10th)—will be in action at various times today.
As IIHF.com’s John Sanful suggests in his Team USA preview, while Abdelkader will play a supporting role on the third line, the team’s expecting Howard to carry the mail in the crease:
Red Wings fans might be more apt to suggest, or at least hope, that their team might somehow find a way to honor the contributions made by Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood and, assuming his playing days are done, Tomas Holmstrom to the team’s 4 Stanley Cup championships—some sort of banner honoring the quartet, if not the opening of a Tigers-style “Hall of Fame” in which players like Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios’s contributions might also be recognized by the organization without raising their jersey numbers to the rafters…But Inside Toronto’s Norm Nelson reports that Red Wings executive and long-time player Kris Draper’s #33 was retired by his high school, Toronto’s De Le Salle College, recently, and Draper was floored by the honor:
“When I think about coming down to De La Salle, I lived in Scarborough. What I had to do, I had to jump on the GO Train, I had to jump on the subway, I had to jump on a bus - and there were many mornings when I had my hockey bag with me. I think I brought my hockey bag more than I brought my school books.”
Although Scarborough born and raised, Draper, who this year spent his first full year in Detroit’s front office after a stellar National Hockey League career that spanned 20 years, the last 17 of them with the Detroit Red Wings, attended De La Salle for his first three years of high school (Grades 9, 10 and 11). And on Thursday, May 3, before plenty of family, students and teachers, he was acknowledged by his former school with a modest but moving ‘retirement ceremony’ that featured a banner which will be hung in their arena, as well as a replica of his old school jersey that was presented to him.
Shortly after the highlight clip was played, Draper took to the stage and quipped, “I think the video captured all my goals in the National Hockey League.”
Draper (who finished high school in Ottawa as he played for the OHL’s 67’s) also spoke to Nelson about his present role with the Wings, bluntly admitting that he’d rather be playing…
When last I left you, the boss kinda sorta worried you about the Captain when in fact, it was me that would return after my internet service provider, which just got “bought out,” decided that it would easily and simply “migrate” its servers to the new company’s hardware and software over the course of four hours on Tuesday morning. That didn’t happen, and somewhere around 32 hours after my net went out and six or seven hours were spent listening to the the equivalent of physiological warfare by the worst “on hold” music ever (I’ll post it online when I figure out how to do so), my internet was eventually, slowly and painfully restored.
On Tuesday morning, when everything went down, we were talking about the possibility of the Wings and Hurricanes duking it out for Zach Parise, and on Twitter, Mike Comodore was, and is, trying to trade his flat screen TV in Detroit for something special, and the Wings bafflingly sent their fan most likely to burn and/or auction off Red Wings stuff…A bunch of Red Wings stuff. For free.
From the Red Wings’ PR department, it’s time to rock the “EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Vote” for Pavel Datsyuk:
RED WINGS FORWARD PAVEL DATSYUK BATTLING FOR COVER OF EA SPORTS’ NHL 13
… Detroit Sports Fans can Score a Hat Trick by Casting Their Votes and Having All-Star Center join Verlander and Johnson on High-Profile Video Game Covers This Year …
Detroit, MI… All-Star Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is currently in the running to have his likeness adorn the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 13 – the most popular hockey video game on the planet. The last time a Red Wing made an appearance on the cover of the long-running franchise was in 1996 when Steve Yzerman earned the distinction.
This isn’t necessarily news for any fans who have a rooting interest in the World Championships, including Red Wings fans who have
eleven players participating in the Worlds: The IIHF announced this morning that they will stream each and every one of the World Championship’s 64 games on their YouTube channel, with games and highlights available live, in highlight form and on demand, but the fine print stinks:
*Geo-blocked countries include: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.
The good news for U.S.-based Wings fans is that all games in which the U.S. (and Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader) participate, as well as the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze and gold medal games, will air on the NBC Sports Network, as noted by the Detroit News a few days ago...
George asked that I tell you he has been having ISP issues for the last 20 hours or so and he may not be back online until tomorrow.
He has some customer service stories I am sure he will be sharing with you.
I believe it was the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James who suggested that someone like Jiri Hudler could earn “Martin Lapointe money” as an unrestricted free agent this summer because the UFA class of 2012 is so thin that extreme overpayment is all but guaranteed for anybody who can score, and along the, “Jeremy Jacobs decided to give Martin Lapointe $5.25 million a year because he was pissed off at Mike Ilitch for being called cheap at a Board of Governors meeting” line of thinking, it seems less than coincidental that one of Ilitch’s business rivals here in Metro Detroit may end up engaging in a bidding war for this summer’s biggest free agent prize.
Via the QMI News Agency, the Raleigh News & Observer’s Luke DeCock reports that the Carolina Hurricanes have two specific targets this summer: either Zach Parise via free agency or Jordan Staal via trade:
It’s not often that a news story from the
Houghton Mining Gazette tells the story of someone who you and I don’t know played a huge role in Red Wings team history, but here’s just that from the Mining Gazette’s Stephen Anderson:
Gordie Howe’s illustrious professional hockey career spanned five decades, but if it wasn’t for Baraga native Carl Mattson, Howe’s career may have lasted just five years. Howe fractured his skull during the 1950 playoffs, and Mattson, the Detroit Red Wings head trainer was the first one on the ice to attend to Howe, playing an influential role in treating Howe’s life-threatening injury, which required emergency surgery.
That’s one of many stories of the unheralded Mattson, who will be posthumously inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame today. He passed away in 1985, and he’ll be one of 11 people inducted during the 41st annual induction banquet at Danforth Place in Escanaba.
“The era in which Carl worked saw very little in the way of staffing compared to today’s NHL, thus increasing both the number of ways Carl affected the team’s performance and their importance,” read a letter from current Red Wings general manager Ken Holland addressed to Ron Tervonen, who wrote the nomination letter for Mattson.
Continue reading, because while the story of a man who passed away in 1985 being honored in 2012 isn’t an everyday occurrence, it’s still worth your time.
Updated 2x with in-retrospect quotes from Pleiness at 6:17 PM: Amongst this afternoon’s Red Wings stories:
• Jakub Kindl may have been bumped from the Czech World Championship team, but as several Czech readers noted on Twitter, the Czech Ice Hockey Association’s website suggests that Kindl was the one who chose to decline the team’s invitation to play in the World Championships, forcing the Czechs to replace him with 20-year-old Jakub Krejcik (while the team waits and hopes for higher-profile defensemen like Marek Zidlicky, Pavel Kubina, Andrej Meszaros, Michal Rozsival, Roman Josi or Roman Hamrlik to be eliminated from the second round of the NHL playoffs; something fishy’s going on, but my grasp of translated Czech isn’t nearly nuanced enough to figure out what’s up);
The gents over at Winging it in Motown reported fantastic news from Josh Howard, the person behind “Operation Eaves,” today: Patrick Eaves has received and had framed the portrait of him which Josh made from well-wishes for #17 as he recovers from a concussion, and Eaves sent his well-wishers a thank-you today:
“I want to thank everyone who sent a get well card or left a message on this website with such encouraging comments. I appreciate everyone keeping me in your thoughts during this tough year for me. Between the cool poster and all the kind words, I was blown away by the best fans in hockey. The cards and comments brought up my spirits and I just want to thank all of you for your support. I look forward to coming back next season.”
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