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The ultimate ‘hockey cave’

Red Wings prospect Tomas Tatar admitted that he’d never played hockey in a cave before coming to Helsinki to take part in the World Championships, where it turns out that Hartwall Arena’s practice facility out-does any other “man cave” in the world.

Per IIHF.com’s Andrew Podnieks:

“The Rock” can mean many things to many people. In Canada, it’s a friendly term for St. John’s, Newfoundland. For Hollywood, it refers to Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, the wrestler-cum-actor (or something). There’s the Rock of Gibraltar and there’s a solid defenceman (“he’s a rock back there”) and to any woman of material ambitions the most important part of marriage is getting a “nice rock” for her finger. There’s rock ‘n’ roll and rock-a-bye baby and various other uses of the word.

The practice arena in Helsinki is part of Hartwall Arena. Sort of. That is, it’s all part of the same building. Sort of. In other words, you can go from the main arena to the secondary one without having to go outside. Sort of.

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Red Wings at the Worlds, day 6—Zetterberg and Franzen on a roll—mid-day news

Updated 5x at 5:12 PM: Quincey took a dumb penalty but Canada still defeated Switzerland 3-2, and Henrik Zetterberg had 2 assists and Johan Franzen scored a goal in Sweden’s 5-2 win over Germany: One member of the Detroit Red Wings has completed his Wednesday game at the World Championships, and there are two games left to go for Wings participants:

Tomas Tatar didn’t register any points in Sloakia’s 4-2 win over Kazakhstan, but he played 11:32, had 2 shots and continued to show both puckhandling skill and forechecking grit despite being boxed into a somewhat limited role. Former Wing Tomas Kopecky scored 2 goals for Slovakia as well.

Two games remain on the schedule: at 1:15 PM EDT, Kyle Quincey and Canada will face off against Switzerland, and at 2:15 PM, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Calle Jarnkrok—who Expressen’s Mattias Ek reports has made the list of ten finalists for the “Guldpucken” award, which is voted upon by Expressen readers, all face off against Germany at 2:15 PM.

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London’s Hunter-powered hockey powerhouse

Editorial note: Whoops, put this in the Wings blog instead of KK hockey. Sorry! From Toronto to Ann Arbor, Michigan, three OHL franchises have consistently vied for top prospects from Europe, Canadian midget hockey and the U.S. prospect pool which tends to either join the National Team Development program or head to NCAA schools.

The Windsor Spitfires, Plymouth Whalers and London Knights stand as three powerhouses, and regardless of Dale Hunter’s future with the Washington Capitals, the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran reports that the Knights, who are playing in the OHL’s championship series, are in good hands with Dale’s brother Mark pulling double duty as the team’s coach and GM in his brother’s absence:

“Hockey in this town is so huge, you can’t believe it,” says Barbara Costello, marketing director for White Oaks Mall, one of the Knights’ chief sponsors. “Folks here look at the Hunter brothers like they’ve given them the greatest gift in the world. The John Labatt Centre is full all the time, all the games. The energy it creates is amazing.”

With a season-ticket base of 7,000 and a walk-up price of $18 for a regular-season game ($32 for the final), there are more than a handful of NHL teams in the U.S. Sunbelt that would love to have the connection to their communities that the Hunters and the Knights enjoy with London. The team has nine main “sponsors” and 92 “corporate partners” listed on its website.

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Red Wings overnight report: Worlds updates, on Danny Cleary’s knee surgery and Kronwall the forward?

Updated with a surprising vote of confidence for Jonathan Ericsson at 9:01 AM: Wednesday will be a busy day for the Red Wings’ players participating in the World Championships, with three of the four scheduled games involving Wings participants. Per the schedule post and MLive’s Brendan Savage, with times adjusted:

9:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan; [1:15 PM Canada vs. Switzerland]; 2:15 p.m – Sweden vs. Germany

So Tomas Tatar and the Slovaks will face Kazakhstan, Kyle Quincey will suit up for Canada, and in the biggest game of the day, Johan Franzen, Calle Jarnkrok, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg will face off against Germany…

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Red Wings at the Worlds and afternoon stuff: Filppula scores 2 for FIN; Datsyuk vs the GER trap

Updated 2x with Datsyuk video at 5:08 PM:On an afternoon when Red Wings fans and media members alike are wondering aloud whether Ryan Suter might be swayed to join the Wings thanks to the Nashville Predators’ fiscal and personnel uncertainties, on an afternoon when Shawn Burr has found a bone marrow match...

And on an afternoon where I completely bumbled an article from Expressen, in which Tomas Holmstrom’s pal and fellow Pitea native Mattias Ohlund said that he’s got a long road back from knee surgery, not that he’s retiring (FTR: Jonathan Ericsson’s SI injury will heal with time, and it won’t bother him down the line, but might persuade him to wear back protection)...

Two Red Wings players are taking part in the World Championships, and there’s good news regarding one of ‘em.

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Red Wings Alum Shawn Burr has finally found a bone marrow match

Awesome news from the London Free Press’s Morris DallaCosta:

Shawn Burr finally got some good news in his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

They have found a match for a bone marrow transplant, a transplant the former NHLer and Sarnia native will be having May 23.

“He’s not feeling the best right now,” said David Goetze who runs the Shawn Burr Foundation dedicated to raising money for research into blood disorders. “But he’s in remission so he’s a good candidate for transplant. Through the bone marrow registry there was a woman that was found to be a matching candidate found in Toronto.”

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Two rounds and out = Red Wings have the inside track on Ryan Suter? St. James ponders that scenario

Updated 3x with Ansar Khan’s take at 3:25 PM: The Free Press’s Helene St. James, who will take part in a live chat with readers at 11 AM EDT today, added some napalm to the controversy (among fans, anyway) regarding Johan Franzen’s rough playoff run as compared to his strong showing with Sweden at the World Championships overnight.

This morning, she wonders aloud whether the Red Wings might take advantage of the Nashville Predators’ second-round ouster to help “sell” Ryan Suter on joining Nashville’s slain archrival despite having bested a team which has a more stable roster going forward, while also possessing what might be a more consistent and financially viable commitment to win, and spend to the cap in order to do so, on a yearly basis:

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Sometimes garbled Russian is the perfect way to relate a bizarre story from the Worlds

When one attempts to roughly translate foreign-language articles, a combination of experience, some familiarity with the language you’re translating, the usage of multiple online translators and of course a dictionary, as well as the assumption that you’re never going to completely “get it right” because idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms and dialects will literally going to get “lost in translation.”

This morning, however, the Russian national team has launched into something of a tirade, accusing Sweden of treating their athletes remarkably poorly, especially in the nutritional department, and as allegations of being served frozen fish, being forced to eat spicy, salty food in a dining room with other teams present and no maid service at their hotel seem like they’re taken right out of the Cold War (although it should be noted that Hockey Canada’s World Junior Championship teams take chefs with them so that there are no complaints about the food that fuels their athletes), well…

Google translate gets the job done and then some. From Sportbox.ru’s Denis Gusev...

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Red Wings morning report: Ericsson remains sidelined for Sweden; more poking the Franzen bear

Updated 4x with a list of best “42-and-older” NHL’ers at 1:13 PM: As an addendum to The “early overnight report”: the closest thing to a team of Red Wings is running into the injury bug at the World Championships. Sweden, which employs a little under half of the Wings’ participants at the Worlds, lost Fredrik Petersson‘s services thanks to a broken wrist during the Swedes’ first game; Jonathan Ericsson left the game with what is now a bruised SI joint as well, and this morning, the Tre Kronor found out that Joel (brother of Henrik) Lundqvist will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured orbital bone.

And Ericsson? Aftonbladet’s Hans Abrahamsson and Erik Karlsson report that Ericsson did not practice today, and won’t return to action until next week:

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Red Wings early overnight report: Wings at the Worlds, day 4 wrap-up and Mrazek mania

After the better part of a week’s worth of doing double time to follow Red Wings news on both sides of the Atlantic, and thanks to my yearly spring battle with insomnia, I’m more than a little bit bleary-eyed, so I’ve penned an early overnight report. I hope you don’t mind too terribly.

Tuesday’s schedule at the World Championships is, by Red Wings participatory standards, a “light day.” Per the scheduling post and MLive’s Brendan Savage, with time adjusted for EDT:

May 8: 1:15 p.m. – Finland vs. Switzerland; [2:15] p.m. – Russia vs. Germany

So only Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) will be taking part in games today.

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