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by George Malik on 08/02/15 at 10:16 AM ET
I always feel a little guilty about going on vacation at this time of year. While the Red Wings summer news cycle is at its "low tide" point, the Wings' players are slowly but surely getting back on the ice after a summer's worth of training, and by next week, they'll be taking part in "pro camps" and optional skates around Metro Detroit, first in small groups and then in larger ones.
This month is a busy one--on the 22nd, the Joe Kocur Foundation holds its annual softball tournament, and by the 24th or 25th, the Red Wings' players will being skating at Joe Louis Arena "informally" in larger and larger numbers as days go by.
Just as importantly, the World Junior summer camps are taking place presently in Lake Placid and Calgary, and with eight total Red Wings players taking part in exhibition games, and while nothing particularly revelatory will take place, these evaluation camps involve checking and battling for spots on the WJC teams.
In terms of today's news:
Today's Wings-related news is pretty spartan...
1. But USA Hockey's World Junior website reports that Dominic Turgeon scored a goal (which you can watch at the 1:24 mark of USA Hockey's scrimmage recap video) in Turgeon's Team Blue defeated Dylan Larkin's Team White 4-3, and games against Finland and Sweden will begin today at 1 and 4 PM EDT. You can watch them on http://www.fasthockey.com;
2. And if you want to watch Jeff Blashill play golf, Traverse City's 9&10 News covered the Ferris State University alumni golf outing, and as Blashill played college hockey at Ferris State, he's still very much so a proud Bulldog:
This morning 160 golfers participated in the 29th annual Bulldog Hockey Classic-Alumni Golf Outing at Katke Golf Course at Ferris State University.
Proceeds from the day will benefit the Bulldog Hockey program that welcomed back new and old alums, along with their families and friends.
Former Bulldogs like Jeff Blashill, the Red Wings' newest head coach was in attendance. Since graduating from Ferris State back in 1998, Blashill has made sure to venture back for the yearly reunion.
"There's a lot of pride amongst this group. I give lots of credit to Bob Daniels, Drew Famulak and Mark Kaufman; they've been around for so long that I think all of us feel as if we're part of each other’s classes even if it's a ten year difference," Blashill explained.
That's what I could find this morning, glancing at 40+ foreign-language websites included, and I'll be heading up to Grand Marais to take part in the family vacation in a couple of hours. I'll try to check in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but Paul's going to be doing the majority of the news-reporting over the next week.
I really need this vacation, so I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but we're not even a month removed from free agency and the summer development camp, and it's time to take a break for a couple days.
Update: From NHL.com's Aaron Vickers:
Though the opportunity to defend World Junior gold is months away, the process has already started and those auditioning for a spot on the roster that will represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016 got the message.
"In that video, Sidney Crosby was asked about what the Canadian way meant to him," said forward Jake Virtanen at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. "He said it was every guy buying into the systems and every guy is going to be a good player on their club teams, important players to their teams, but every guy has to check their ego at the door and buy in, and no one's going to be above the team. You put the team before yourself.
"That's a pretty cool message from him and seeing that on video from him was pretty cool."
Coach Dave Lowry hoped his players took a message from the video.
"There's standards that this team is going to play to and there are expectations," said Lowry, who was an assistant to Benoit Groulx when Canada captured its first gold medal since 2009. "We're going to hold these guys accountable to high standards."
Among the clips featured in the video was Canada's gold medal winning performance at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship, which Crosby captained, and the 2015 World Junior Championship, in which Virtanen participated.
Defenseman Joe Hicketts said the video sent a strong message.
"It gets the goose bumps going, seeing us win and the men going again," Hicketts said. "This camp is a starting block. It's something we can build a foundation for and something we can work on moving forward. We're going to have a good week here of practices and some games. I think it's important that when the guys that do get called back come in December, they have that foundation to build upon."
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