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by George Malik on 07/19/11 at 12:51 PM ET
We’re only a few minutes away from a conference call in which Red Wings GM Ken Holland and one Chris Osgood will tell the media whether #30 wishes to return, and on the heels of last night’s “sources”-based suggestions that Osgood will retire, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan and even the Free Press’s Helene St. James are reporting that Osgood will retire, and even the Red Wings’ website posted an NHL.com-sourced “report” that Osgood will hang ‘em up.
As Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji kicks off the Osgood-in-retrospect career reviews and Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski [edit: and the Sporting News’s the Sporting News’s Matt Crossman provide] out-of-towner’s takes on Osgood’s Hall of Fame candidacy, and we’re all assuming that Ty Conklin will join the Wings later this week, I’m going with Bill here—let’s wait till noon before making grand proclamations…
About a helluva career and a helluva guy.
In the interim, the Hockey News’s Rory Boylen’s posted the second part his series on Pavel Datsyuk’s hockey camp in Ekaterinburg, Russia:
As Day 1 of the PD13 Hockey School took off Monday, the 80 kids were split into two groups – one of youngsters and one of the slightly older ones.
When asked which day of the camp was his favorite, Datsyuk answered and couldn’t help but show a small piece of his always-joking personality.
“My f…? Day off,” he said with a wry smile and a brief pause. “No it’s the first day, starting day, seeing lots of new kids. It’s new for them and they’re shy, but some kids when they get to their second camp they’re really open and they like it more and more.”
I took to the ice for the morning session, followed the young group through their rigorous day of training and got to see first-hand just how seriously uplifting the goals of this camp are. We’re only 20 percent through, but I’m beginning to understand Pavel’s joke and why the respite at the end of it will be both needed and rewarding.
The first thing to note is the fact there are 11 instructors on the ice for about 30 kids. The second thing is how vocal all of the guys in red tracksuits are throughout each drill, despite the language divide. There’s stick-slapping to urge players to finish a drill hard, body language to get players to keep their heads up when carrying the puck, and high-fives, fist-pumps and head-pats that reward the mostly mullet-topped kids.
That’s part of the design of this camp: Pavel’s desire to ensure every kid learns from the experience and interacts positively with it has led to this almost overblown number of teachers.
“When you have one coach for 20 kids you don’t see everybody, but when it’s 10 coaches for 30 kids they teach every kid and give it to him good,” Datsyuk explained. “But it’s a five-day time, it’s small steps. The parents see and we tell (the players) every day what they need to be a better player, but when we talk about the camp…it doesn’t only make you a better player, but a better person.”
I’ll Tweet the Osgood decision and go from there….
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