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Michigan Hockey’s ‘Games to Watch’ list is a superb, essential summary

This is pretty damn impressive. Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a list of 'Games to Watch' for all major Michigan hockey teams during the 15-16 season, from the National Team Development Program in Plymouth to the Red Wings (and everywhere in between):

We’re more than halfway through August, which means we are incredibly close to the start of hockey season. The MiHockey staff has been working on our coverage plans for the upcoming campaign, and we figured why not share some of the highlighted games and events we are putting on our calendars?

Here is a look at some of the significant games Michigan’s pro, NCAA, OHL and USHL teams will be playing in over the upcoming hockey season. As you will see from a quick scroll, there are way too many to list, but we’re giving it a try.

We should note, of course, that the Grand Rapids Griffins’ schedule is not finalized just yet. We have information for a few of GRG’s home games, so we have included those, but they don’t have opponents for said dates just yet. All of the games listed below are ‘away vs. home’ and we have included any relevant extra information in the parenthesis after the match-up.

Did we miss one that you have circled on your own hockey calendar? Tweet us or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Caples continues with a lengthy schedule...

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Joe Kocur Foundation Celebrity Softball Classic set for this weekend

From Hometown Life's Bill Emons...

The 2015 Joe Kocur Foundation for Children Softball Classic will be Saturday, Aug. 22, at Duck Lake Pines Park, 1241 N. Duck Lake Road, Highland.

The day is sponsored by Pepsi Co. and Meijer and will consist of three softball games. Games times are at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and will include local law enforcement and firefighters from Milford, Highland and White Lake playing against the celebrity team.

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Meanwhile, back at the Joe…

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

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Grand Rapids Griffins unveil new primary jerseys

Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' new jerseys. They've gone to black-gray-red-and-white with the "Griffzilla" logo:

Here's the Griffins' press release...

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NHL.com video teases Wings ‘30 in 30’ coverage

NHL.com will be issuing its "30 in 30" series' coverage of the Red Wings early tomorrow morning, and NHL.com's teasing the four-to-five-article season preview coverage with a 3-minute video summarizing Dan Rosen's take on the team:

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ESPN’s Pronman pens ‘Top 10 Red Wings Prospects’ list

ESPN's Cory Pronman has ranked the Red Wings' prospects via an Insider-only entry, so here are the rankings...

Top 10 Red Wings Prospects

Note: Number in parentheses is overall prospect rank
Rank Name, Pos
1 Dylan Larkin, C (10)
2 Evgeni Svechnikov, LW (21)
3 Axel Holmstrom, C (33)
4 Joe Hicketts, D (53)
5 Anthony Mantha, LW (70)
6 Xavier Ouellet, D (99)
7 Tyler Bertuzzi, LW (HM)
8 Andreas Athanasiou, LW (HM)
9 Alexei Marchenko, D
10 Villi Saarijarvi, D

And here's his take on what we should see coming out of training camp:

Though this would go against Detroit tradition, I expect Larkin will make a strong case as a teenager to make the team out of camp, or at the very least he'll be a midseason call-up. Xavier Ouellet and Marchenko should also be making cases during camp.

Pronman continues and discusses Bertuzzi, Athanasiou, Marchenko, Sproul and Saarijrarvi.

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Griffins to unveil ‘new look’ at 11 AM

In case you're interested in watching the Grand Rapids Griffins unveil their new jerseys...

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The Outlook For Jimmy Howard This Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: The club expected Howard to have a good summer of training and to come into training camp highly motivated to win  back his job from Petr Mrazek. Howard likely lost the starting job in the playoffs after allowing a couple of soft goals in a 4-3 overtime loss at Montreal on April 9. Mrazek shut out Carolina in the season finale to secure the starting job and held onto it by playing well in the first round of the playoffs against Tampa Bay.

Howard likely will need to play significantly better than Mrazek in camp, in the preseason and early in the regular season to win back the job. If the competition is close, Mrazek likely will get most of the work for coach Jeff Blashill, who won the 2013 AHL Calder Cup in Grand Rapids with Mrazek.

The Red Wings opted not to move Howard in the off-season (it would have been difficult anyway, with his contract). They want to see if Mrazek can carry the load over a full season and still excel. They are comfortable committing roughly $6 million to the position (Mrazek earns $737,500).

As long as the Red Wings are in playoff contention they're not likely to move Howard, who would serve as insurance in case Mrazek is injured. But if Mrazek proves to be their man, the Red Wings likely would look to move Howard next off-season. Mrazek would be due a huge raise and it makes no sense having Howard as the backup with his huge cap hit.


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The overnight report: A charitable softball reminder; on Mike Green and a blast from highlights past

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. If you needed a reminder as to the fact that several current Red Wings will be joining the cavalcade of alumni taking part in the Joe Kocur Foundation's Celebrity Softball Classic this weekend, take it from the coach:

2. Regarding one of Blashill's new employees, the Free Press's Helene St. James scouts Mike Green this morning:

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Grand Rapids Griffins will hold two preseason games

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will tune up for the 2015-16 American Hockey League season, their 20th overall as a franchise, by playing a pair of preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Windsor, Ontario, during the first weekend of October.

The first clash, hosted by the Monsters, will take place on Friday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena, home to the WCHA’s BGSU Falcons. The Central Division rivals will square off again the following night, on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre in Windsor, Ontario, where the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires play.

Tickets for the Oct. 2 game in Bowling Green will go on sale to the general public for $10-$25 on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. through http://www.ticketmaster.com by ca,lling 877-BGSU-TICKET, or by visiting the BGSU Ticket Office in the Stroh Center. Fans who purchase a ticket to this matchup between the Griffins and Monsters can use their ticket stub for free entry to the Falcons’ exhibition game the following day.

Tickets for the Oct. 3 contest in Windsor will be available Tuesday, Sept. 8 for $11.75 through http://www.wfcu-centre.com or by calling (866) 969-9328.

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