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Chris Chelios to sign copies of ‘Made in America’ at Centre ICE Arena Monday

From the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau:

On September 14, 2015 Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios will sign his book Made in America. The book signing will be held from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, MI. Books will be available onsite at a cost of $25.95 while supplies last. No other memorabilia will be signed at this event.

Chelios served as captain of two Original Six teams and won the Norris Trophy three times in his career. He played in 1,651 NHL games with Montreal, Chicago and Detroit for a total of 26 professional seasons of hockey. The 53 year-old won three Stanley Cups and appeared in 11 all-star games. He also represented his country 11 times at international competitions like the Olympics and the World Championship of hockey.

In his book, co-authored by Kevin Allen and forward written by Wayne Gretzkey, Chelios gives fan a guided tour of his improbable career; from his childhood in South California; to his early years playing in Moose Jaw and Madison, WI. From the 1992 Stanley Cup final to the 2006 Winter Olympics team, Chelios shares his achievements on the ice while providing new information on his life off it to readers, making this autobiography a must-have.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Audio from the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Chicago

The Red Wings' prospects built a 2-0 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and held on to defeat Chicago 3-2; Jake Paterson stopped 30 shots, Anthony Mantha scored 2 goals and Dylan Larkin had 2 assists in the affair, giving Detroit strong if slightly rope-a-dope-y victory.

The Wings' prospects were rewarded with a practice-free Sunday as a result, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle described the game as follows...

The Detroit Red Wings improved to 2-0 in the NHL Prospects Tournament with a 3-2 win Saturday over the Chicago Blackhawks at Centre ICE Arena.

Anthony Mantha and Tomas Nosek staked the Wings to a 2-0 first-period lead. Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin set up Mantha's goal, while Evgeny Svechnikov assisted Nosek's second goal of the tournament.

Mantha added the game-winner with 1:54 left to give Detroit a 3-1 lead, prior to Chicago scoring with 11 ticks remaining with an extra attacker on the ice.

Jake Paterson made 30 saves for the Wings, who play Dallas at 7 p.m. Monday.

After the game, I was able to speak with Anthony Mantha in what was a "scrum" interview with MLive's Brendan Savage, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave and FSD's Andrea Nelson as well as myself...

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Khan: Datsyuk to be reevaluated after training camp

In addition to confirming that Johan Franzen has been cleared to play hockey again, MLive's Ansar Khan revealed the following:

Holland said Pavel Datsyuk will be at training camp but not on the ice. He's recovering from surgery on June 26 to repair ruptured tendons in his ankle.

After training camp Datsyuk will got to Charlotte, N.C., to get re-evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the surgery.

"We'll get further direction at that time," Holland said.

Datsyuk said earlier this summer that he anticipated a recover time of 4-5 months, meaning the earliest he would return is late October.

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Johan Franzen Cleared To Play

added 1:28pm,


added 1:31pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Prospect tournament ‘15: observations and audio from an ‘optional’ practice

The majority of the Wings' prospects (save Joe Hicketts, who looked healthy and hale in the locker room afterward, and including Justin Lemcke, who looked fine after leaving the game last night with a shoulder and/or bell-rung issue) took part in what was a 25-minute, three-quarters-speed practice this morning at Centre ICE Arena ahead of today's 4 PM match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks. Practice wasn't necessarily something to write home about, but here's how the drills broke down...

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Jake Paterson delivers clutch performance in Wings prospects’ win

I spoke with Jake Paterson after the Red Wings prospects' 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes last night--Paterson pitched a 22-save shut-out--and MLive's Brendan Savage also spoke with Paterson, Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer and coach Todd Nelson regarding Paterson's play...

"It was a pretty good start tonight," said Paterson, 21. "I thought it went pretty well. I felt comfortable out there. You want to get off on the right foot. I worked hard this summer and I'm happy it's paying off in the first game.

"It's only one game and we'll take it from here and keep going. You pretty much got to win all the games to win the tournament. Our goal is to win the tournament so to win the first one is important."

Tomas Nosek, who played for the Griffins last season, scored the game's only goal 33 seconds into the second period and Paterson made it stand up by stopping all 14 shots the Hurricanes threw at him in the final 40 minutes.

It was the second straight victory over Carolina for Peterson, who also backstopped the Red Wings' 5-4 overtime victory against the Hurricanes in the third-place game of last year's tournament.

"He was unbelievable," said defenseman Joe Hicketts. "As D-men, it's something that you really respect when you get (a goalie) to play (well) not only in goal but to play the puck like that. He really helped us on the breakouts and he kept us in the game. He was there when we needed a stop."

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All about Tyler Bertuzzi

Via RedWingsFeed, the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Dennis Chase posits a fine profile of Tyler Bertuzzi this morning:

The 20-year-old Bertuzzi, drafted in the second round in 2013 by the Detroit Red Wings, altered his game after suffering a concussion midway through the 2013-14 season. The injury sidelined him for nearly three months. Known as a player who likes to get under his opponent's skin — fighting, if required — Bertuzzi developed a new skill upon his return. Scoring.

"I'm still going to be the same old me," Bertuzzi insisted Friday at the start of the NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre ICE. "I'm going to forecheck, hit guys, get under their skin, but the fighting and stuff like that will be limited. I'm going to focus on my skills and offensive abilities."

When he came back from the concussion, Bertuzzi led a star-laden Guelph team in goals during the Memorial Cup. Then, last year, the left winger produced a 98-point regular season — 43 goals and 55 assists in 68 games in the Ontario Hockey League — and added another six goals and two assists in nine playoff contests. That was more points than in his three previous OHL seasons combined.

Promoted to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings top minor league affiliate, Bertuzzi kept the momentum going with seven goals and five assists in 14 playoff games.

New Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who is handling the Wings prospects team, had only seen game tape of Bertuzzi before this week, but he was impressed. He's paired Bertuzzi with Andreas Athanasiou and recent No. 1 pick Evgeny Svechnikov on the second line.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Impressions from the Red Wings’ 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes

I counted 13 people in the "perch" that is the one suite at Centre ICE Arena's West Rink, and those 13 members of the Red Wings' coaching staff, front office and pro and amateur scouts didn't include Kris Draper, who spent most of the Red Wings' 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes writing into a notebook at the same table where I typed away on my computer.

Ken Holland, Ryan Martin, Jeff Blashill, Tony Granato, the pro and amateur scouts and the Grand Rapids Griffins staff behind the bench witnessed a game that I'd charitably describe as "clunky" and more realistically describe as exactly the kind of "first game" you'd expect from a pair of teams whose players were playing their first meaningful hockey in anywhere from a 4-to-6 month time period, and especially the kind of game you'd expect from teams consisting of half a roster's worth of returning players and half a team's worth of new participants.

Tomas Nosek's jam-in of an Evgeny Svechnikov rebound at the 37-second mark of the 2nd period--just after a Red Wings power play expired--was all that the Wings needed to solve Hurricanes goaltender Rasmus Tironen, and despite losing defenseman Justin Lemcke in the same period, the Wings' defense held up very well against a Canes team whose roster boasts 9 members of the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Audio from the Red Wings’ 1-0 win over Carolina

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Carolina Hurricanes' prospects 1-0 on Friday night, riding a 2nd-period Tomas Nosek goal (assisted by Evgeny Svechnikov and Andreas Athanasiou) and Jake Paterson's superb 22-save effort to a win in what was an up-and-down affair.

The Red Wings lost defenseman Justin Lemcke to a shoulder issue in the 2nd period as well, but Paterson held the fort and the Wings' defense--of Joe Hicketts, Robbie Russo, Vili Saarijarvi, Ty Stanton and Andrew Prochno, not exactly an All-Star lineup--played superbly and strongly.

After the game, I was able to speak with Paterson, who discussed his shutout performance and the importance of getting off to a good start (Paterson will start Saturday's affair vs. Chicago, too), the team's ability to withstand Lemcke's injury and its energy management given the 9:30 AM practice and 4 PM game after a game that didn't end until nearly 10 PM...

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‘Three Things’: On the World Cup, the prospect tournament and ‘Griffzilla’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding the World Cup of Hockey...

Having Team Europe means an all-NHL group made up of players from countries like Austria, Belarus, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Red Wings players like Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco – both from Slovakia – as well as perhaps French-born defenseman Xavier Ouellet could be on the Team Europe roster.

“There’s many players from these countries in the NHL,” Tatar said. “They will have a tough job to pick 20 guys to make the team. You never know what type of season you’re going to have. Somebody might explode and have a great season and out of nowhere he can make that team. So I think it’s wide open.”

Adding the North American and European teams, Tatar says, makes sense for a couple of reasons. It creates a large enough field of teams, but also promotes – hopefully – better competition in all 17 games that will be played at Air Canada Centre.

“Our little counties like Switzerland or Slovakia just don’t have enough players in the league at the moment,” Tatar added. “We could see it at the Olympics, we lost to the U.S. seven to one, so I feel just the U.S. and Canada at the moment are really strong. I feel they want to tighten it up and make it interesting for the (fans). I think Team Europe can be really strong. … It can be a really good team, and maybe one of the best in the tournament.”

2. MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer regarding the prospect tournament...

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