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Plymouth Whalers, Windsor Spitfires to ‘Play It Forward’ on Saturday, August 30th

From the Plymouth Whalers:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS, WINDSOR ‘PLAY IT FORWARD’ FOR BIENIEWICZ on AUG. 30

All proceeds of pre-season game will be donated to the John Bieniewicz Foundation

In soccer, the term “friendly” refers to a game between two teams that is an exhibition game.  A “friendly” is a match that generally has no impact in the standings.

“Friendly” is not usually used in the same sentence with the Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires. The two bitter Ontario Hockey League rivals have battled through 206 regular season games since 1990 and several memorable playoff series.

Need proof? Check the video the last time Plymouth and Windsor met on March 15, 2014 at Compuware Arena.

That’s going to change on Saturday, August 30 at 2 pm at Compuware Arena.  The Whalers and Spitfires hook up in a “friendly” in a benefit for John Bieniewicz, the Livonia soccer referee who passed away while working a game.

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Red Wings announce local TV and radio broadcast schedule

From the Red Wings...

RED WINGS, FOX SPORTS DETROIT AND CBS RADIO ANNOUNCE 2014-15 BROADCAST SCHEDULE
… 74 Wings Games On FOX Sports Detroit – 85 On 97.1 The Ticket or 1270 AM …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings, FOX Sports Detroit and CBS Radio today announced the 2014-15 Red Wings local television and radio schedules.

For the 15th year, all Wings regular-season and playoff games will be carried live by CBS Sports Radio with Ken Kal and former Red Wings captain Paul Woods providing the call.  CBS Radio will broadcast the games on a combination of 97.1 The Ticket and 1270 AM with 68 games simulcast on both stations.

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Season Outlook For Brendan Smith

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A puck-rushing offensive defenseman in college and the AHL, Smith's transition to a more stay-at-home style in the NHL has been bumpy. He's experienced puck management issues and made his share of mistakes, not unlike many young defensemen. But he's still inexperienced and should improve over time.

He's a tremendous skater and has offensive potential. He might be able to help the power play, but he probably won't get that opportunity because the team wants him to focus on improving defensively. He is not particularly physical but sometimes plays with an edge. After a rough start last season, he settled down a bit in the second half.

Being paired with Niklas Kronwall during Jonathan Ericsson's absence due to injuries helped Smith. Ericsson likely will be reunited with Kronwall, putting Smith back on the third pairing with Jakub Kindl.

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Shannon Hogan Moving From FoxSports Detroit To MSG

from Neil Best of Newsday,

Shannon Hogan went to high school in Northville, Michigan, outside Detroit, so working for Fox Sports Detroit for the past four years covering the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons was a comfortable fit.

But when her agent called during the Stanley Cup Final with news MSG was looking for a new Islanders reporter, she responded without hesitation.

"I said, 'Oh my God, absolutely; whatever I can do, I have to get in there,'" she recalled Monday, the day before the network officially was set to announce she will succeed Peter Ruttgaizer, who had held the job since 2011.

Turns out Hogan, 29, is a hockey true believer, a love affair sealed during her first exposure to the Red Wings upon moving to Northville for her freshman year of high school. (She was born in Syracuse.)

"This was Hockeytown," she said. "I will never forget going to Joe Louis Arena for the first time and saying, 'Oh, my gosh, this is such an amazing atmosphere.'"

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The Season Outlook For Tomas Tatar

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He is coming off a breakout season when he provided some much-needed offense. That experience, and being in the lineup from the start of the season, should make him better and more productive this season.

He spent a good chunk of the season on the Kid Line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco. They had good chemistry and might remain intact, unless Jurco is forced to start the season in Grand Rapids due to a roster crunch.

Despite his small stature, Tatar goes to the net and has good hands in tight. He also flashes good open-ice moves. He should improve as he gains strength. He sometimes holds onto the puck too long in the offensive zone, leading to turnovers. He could be more productive on the power play, where he'll likely continue playing on the second unit.

He aspires to be a solid two-way forward in the mold of Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg but doesn't have natural defensive instincts. As long as he produces, the club will be happy.

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Former Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom tells Expressen why he ‘turned down’ Babcock’s coaching offer

You may take this article from Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom and Sebastian Mattson for what you will, and what follows is roughly-translated:

Lidstrom on why he turned down Babcock

Nicklas Lidstrom ahd a chance to return to the Detroit Red Wings as a coach--but he declined.

Now the 44-year-old reveals why he turned down the dream job.

"We're doing well here in Sweden after the move, and the children are thriving in school, so it never occurred to me to move back," says Lidstrom to SportExpressen.se.

In June, Mike babcock said that his search for an assistant coach had led him to one of the greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time.

"I called Niklas Lidstrom and offered him the job. I told him his wife was happier in Detroit than in Sweden. But he didn't buy it," Babcock said then.

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Red Wings overnight report: Charitable news, Swedish and Slovak fun, etc.

Updated 2x at 6:16 AM: Well this is going to be an adventure of an entry...

First and foremost, while the "incriminating evidence" is rolling in quite slowly, the Free Press's George Sipple reports that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual set of charity softball games achieved its main goals--it provided significant bang for fans' bucks while raising tens of thousands of dollars for local charities:

“Definitely the most people, the best weather,” Kocur said of Saturday’s event. “Celebrities were amazing. “Playing the games is always fun. The Ice Bucket Challenge was a new and exciting thing that we did and everyone was exciting and fun for us.”

A line of participants dumped buckets over their heads as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Kocur, at the end of the line, got some help as five buckets of ice and water were poured on him before he challenged the Ted Lindsay Foundation.

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Red Wings overnight report: Rookie Showcase fun; Zetterbucket; on Sheahan, Pulkkinen & Athanasiou

I've learned that when one does not attend the Joe Kocur Foundation's softball games, one finds out news about the event in ramshackle fashion because, like the late-90's Red Wings, stories from a really good hockey party leak out bit by bit. So for now...

The incriminating evidence, I mean evidence that a good time was had by all, will slowly but surely surface.

That's not the case regarding the NHLPA's Rookie Showcase in Toronto, where Anthony Mantha and Ryan Sproul took part in an event/photo shoot held by the league's trading cards rights-holder, Upper Deck:

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Red Wings overnight report: on DeKeyser, forward jobs up for grabs and many other things

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. If you aren't aware of it already, the Joe Kocur Foundation is holding its annual set of charity softball games in Highland, MI today, and tickets are $15 at the door (and worth it). The games start at 11 and will go until late into the evening:

 

 

2. And if you're in the mood to head down to Joe Louis Arena to purchase $9 single-game seats on an in-person basis...

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A charitable press release from the Whalers and a hockey equipment-related release from the Wings

The Plymouth Whalers and Detroit Red Wings posited press releases on Friday afternoon. One is charitably-related and one is not-so-chariably-related, so I'll post the Whalers' presser first:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6

All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park

PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus.  Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.

In addition, the Whalers joined forces with 88.1FM WSDP The Park (located on the PCEP campus) several seasons ago for live broadcasts of Plymouth games.  The Whalers continue on 88.1FM this year, starting with the broadcast of the team’s Alumni game on Aug. 16.

The synergy between the PCEP and the Whalers reaches to a new level on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm at Compuware Arena when Plymouth hosts Saginaw.

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