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A trio of charitable hockey reminders and meager Red Wings pickings

This past week has been quite busy from a Red Wings news perspective, so while I certainly understand that some of you feel like this is a quiet time of year, it sure doesn't feel that way to me.

We remain in the herky-jerky summertime news cycle, however, and the early posting of what I can only describe as a...Unique...Interview with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk regarding Daniel Alfredsson's departure has yielded a slate of hockey game reminders instead of an overnight report.

  1. First, as Sandra was kind enough to inform us, Calle Jarnkrok and Peter Forsberg's Icebreakers will be playing against Vilhelmina IK today, and the game will be streamed online. It takes place at 9 AM EDT. The Icebreakers will play
  2. If you find yourself in Timra, Sweden, Captain Carl (I love that nickname) Henrik Zetterberg and Timra IK's 1999-2000 team will be playing against the current team at 4 PM Swedish time today;
  3. And this is quite important: the Livonia Observer notes that the Plymouth Whalers' first pre-season game, which will pit them against their arch-rival Windsor Spitfires, will be held in Livonia on August 31st, and it's being held there to raise funds for a memorial to three fallen police officers:


When the Plymouth Whalers open the 2013 pre-season schedule 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 against Windsor at Eddie Edgar Ice Arena in Livonia, a heartfelt and inspiring back story will take center stage in a big way.

One hundred percent of the proceeds generated in the game benefit the Livonia Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Larry Nehasil Park in Livonia.

Eddie Edgar Arena is located at 33841 Lyndon in Livonia. Tickets for the game are now on sale ($10 in advance; $12 at the door) and can be purchased at Livonia Police Department (734-466-2470), Eddie Edgar Ice Arena (734-427-1280), Compuware Arena (734-453-8400), Livonia Chamber of Commerce (734-427-2122) and the Livonia Community Recreation Center (734-466-2900).

“We’re very excited here, not only with the (Livonia) police department, but the fire department and the entire city organization,” said Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid. “We really appreciate the support of the Plymouth Whalers and their organization in bringing the game to Eddie Edgar Arena for our benefit. We’re truly honored that the Whalers and the Spitfires are willing to play a game here in Livonia and for this cause.”

The Larry Nehasil Park and the Livonia Fallen Heroes Memorial were created as a memorial to the service of late police officers Larry Nehasil, Ervin Johnston, James Kelley and Sidney Dethloff and fireman Gary Kreski. Ground breaking for the project happened on July 17, with the anticipated completion some time during the summer of 2014.

Fans attending the game will have a direct effect on the completion of the project. Livonia businesses are also stepping up to support the game. Livonia Dermatology —located on Farmington Road, across from the Livonia Police station – is the presenting sponsor for the game.

“The game between the Whalers and Spitfires is going to stimulate growth for the park and the monument – all through donations,” said Caid. “No city or taxpayer funds will be used. An event like this game is critical for the success of the park.”

While I'm at it, the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball game will be held on August 24th in Highland, MI, and fourteen Wings alums and a slate of celebrities will take part in the event to raise funds for several local charities.

Tickets cost all of $10, and I've been to the event--it's a blast, with autograph-signings before the game, Karen Newman singing the national anthem and lots of goofing around during a lighthearted but competitive softball game.



  • A paywall on the Brandon Sun's website separates you and me from the story of former Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brett Skinner's day with the Calder Cup, which included a charitable appearance at Brandon, Manitoba's Source for Sports;


  • Riley Sheahan posited a retweet regarding an appearance at Thorold, Ontario's Front Row Sports today:


  • And Willie Coetzee offered birthday wishes to his pal and Grand Rapids Griffins teammate Landon Ferraro:


I don't like to post an entry just to post an entry; this information just scraped over the, "You must be this thorough to involve more than a couple of Tweets because content has to drive the blog" line.

Update: Open face, insert palm. Here's Stan Fischler being, "Owners are never wrong!" grandpa Stan (oh, to long for the days when he wasn't an embittered tyrannosaur):

Well sure they could. If they wanted to, y'know, spend over whatever $50-some million cap Melnyk's imposed upon his team...And it is worth noting that Eugene Melnyk never reveals exactly how much money Alfredsson actually asked for from the Senators, just that the $5.5 million he got from Detroit was too rich for Mr. Melnyk's blood. There's been some disagreement as to how much Alfredsson actually demanded (I believe that Bruce Garrioch said it was something around his $3.5 million base salary), and the intonation from all of the reports suggests that Alfredsson was mightily pissed off by the Senators' offer.

All I know is that you can listen to the Alfredsson/Stephen Weiss conference call here, and Alfredsson sure sounded like he was holding back some anger when he talked about making a "selfish" decision:

Even on July 5th, when I heard the presser, I was struck by Alfredsson's tone. He certainly sounded happy to be a Red Wing, but there was more than a little tinge of hostility regarding leaving Ottawa, and that suggested the truth--that there was more to the story.

I'm not impressed by Melnyk's painting of the former face of his franchise as a greedy player who refused to put the team first after seventeen seasons with the team, but that's just me.

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RWBill's avatar

This is when you should enjoy and take advantage of “slow hockey news days.”  soon it will be training camp and exhibition games, then rapid fire 82 game season so they can play in the Olympics.

So enjoy this short interlude, September is right around the corner.

Posted by RWBill on 08/10/13 at 10:17 AM ET

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