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Via RedWingsFeed, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji reports that Luke Glendening is going to take a ride in an F/A-18 Hornet on Wednesday as the Blue Angels prepare for the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport this weekend, and Danny DeKeyser, who flew with the Blue Angels last year, has some tips for Glendening:
DeKeyser, who was skating with some other players at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday, said he spoke with Glendening about it the other day.
"We were just talking about it and he's like, 'I think I'm either going to be puking or blacking out,'" DeKeyser said. "I mean, not 100 percent but that's what they told him. There's a pretty good chance that either one of those will happen. So I just gave him a few pointers. They tell you how to breathe and stuff, you gotta tighten up your legs and your abs and stuff so the blood stays in your upper extremities."
The reason for that is because the G-forces can create the effect of up to seven times your body weight.
"It's a lot of force on your body so some of the maneuvers, if you go straight up or whatever, you're just kind of sitting back and you can't move, that kind of thing," DeKeyser said. "So it's just a lot of force that you feel."
Continued with advice for aerobatic airsickness...
This was Tweeted by ESPN's Uni Watch's Paul Lukas...Take it for what you will:
Upate: FYI for the non-Wings fans:
One name is going to stick out to NHL fans at the Saskatoon Blades "Young Stars" camp. The Saskatoon Blades have claimed Igor Larionov Jr. off of WHL waivers. The younger Larinov is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Igor Larinov, who won [three] Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. The Larionovs' recently moved from their home in Detroit, which is OHL territory, to San Jose, which is WHL territory. Due to the move, Igor Larionov Jr. was then available to be claimed on WHL waivers. Igor Larionov Jr. is an American citizen, born when his Russian father was playing for the Detroit Red Wings, and will be on the ice for the first practice session Friday morning at the SaskTel Centre
The Grand Rapids Griffins' Griffvision YouTube channel posted a profile of Wings prospect Jake Paterson a little earlier today:
Many thanks to my friend Courtney for the heads-up on this one: WDET's Stephen Henderson engaged in an intriguing conversation with Heritage Development Services' Doug Diggs regarding the awarding of contracts for the construction of the Red Wings' new arena, and while WDET outlines Diggs' main points about the Ilitches' "commitment to Detroit"...
- Commitment to Detroit and Michigan: Diggs says the Ilitch family is committed to hiring Detroit and Michigan companies. He says Chris Ilitch made it very clear that if out-of-state firms want to work on the project, they must partner with Detroit-based firms to do so.
- Olympia Development event: Diggs says that the Olympia event today is about many of the smaller contracts for the stadium, such as drywall, doors, landscaping, and acoustical treatments.
- 51% Detroiter employee goal: A caller says that Detroit-based businesses are not necessarily hiring Detroiters or connecting to communities, so she does not know if hiring Detroit firms is important. Diggs says that each company that makes a bid for a contract on the project has to present a plan to hire at least 51% Detroiters to work on the project. He says that due to skilled trade limitations, this goal might not be possible for every contract, but companies must try to reach it.
- No dearth of Detroit resources: Diggs says there is no dearth of qualified businesses in Detroit. He says the key is for businesses to know what opportunities are coming their way, and to partner with other firms if necessary to participate in the project.
The interview's a bit stilted and a little more blunt, corporate-speak included:
From the Red Wings:
Here's the team's press release:
Earlier today, it was announced that Nicklas Lidstrom, Mats Sundin and Daniel Alfredsson will serve as consultants for Team Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey team, and Lidstrom gave a short interview to the Swedish news agency TT about his role. Here's a rough translation of said interview:
Nicklas Lidstrom is going to help the Swedish national ice hockey team as a consultant for the 2016 World Cup, and in an interview with the Swedish news agency TT, Lidstrom sounds like his pragmatic self regarding his, Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin's respective roles as sounding boards for coach Rikard Gronborg's team:
"I received an inquiry last summer to be a sounding board. It felt right and I'm very interested. We will listen to the coaches, what they want to help and [give] feedback," says Lidstrom.
He now lives in Vasteras, but travels several times to North America in the winter, and has an eye on NHL hockey.
"I know how the NHL works, and I have a decent idea of how it goes for the Swedes," he says.
You may take this critique of Johan Franzen's "upside," penned by the Hockey News's Jared Clinton, for what you will:
Before signing his big money, long-term deal with the Red Wings, Franzen was on pace for what would become consecutive 25-plus-goal seasons. In 2008-08, the year he signed his current deal, he was in the midst of a monster 34-goal, 59-point campaign. But since his career year, Franzen has dealt with a laundry list of injuries that have forced him out of game action for more than 150 contests.
While he’s been a frustrating player for Red Wings fans at times — with his goal scoring ability, many see him as a consistent 30-goal player but he’s been unable to muster 30 markers since 2008-09 — most of his offensive “struggles” aren’t due to inconsistency but rather due to injury. Three of his past six seasons, he has scored at a 30-goal pace. In two of the past three, he has been on a 25-tally clip, which is still great production from a power forward outside of his prime.
Michigan State University's pro camp is already underway, but the Red Wings' players took part in the Ilitch Charities for Children's Golf Classic yesterday, so they're making their debuts at Munn Arena today:
Why does Paul McCartney have a Red Wings sticker on his guitar...where did he get it? (You'll see it and Sir Paul at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21st - tickets on Tickets ($29.50, $69.50, $99.50, $168 and $253) go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at OlympiaEntertainment.com or LiveNation.com. They can also be bought at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. )
From a Q&A last year with Sir Paul: "We were on a Wings tour quite a while ago and when we played Detroit somebody gave me a Red Wings sticker, which I liked the look of, so I stuck it on my guitar and I have kept it there ever since. It does make it a little awkward when I go to places like Pittsburgh and the Mayor of the town offers me a Penguin sticker to put alongside!"
As for the guitar itself, McCartney has said it's the one he used to write "Yesterday" back in the mid-1960s and was made in Kalamazoo.
The concert he received the Red Wings sticker at was reportedly at the old Olympia Stadium in 1976 during his Wings Over America tour.
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