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Evening news: Ryan Martin, USA Hockey WJC consultant; a podcast with ‘Murph’ and (a little) more

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. When I attended the World Junior Summer Showcase last week, I noticed that Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin was wearing a USA Hockey jacket, and given that the usual uniform of a hockey scout and/or general manager is a track jacket with their team's logo on it, slacks, coffee and a small notebook, it was really weird to see someone from the Red Wings not wearing a Red Wings logo.

As it turns out, USA Hockey's Michael Caples explains that Martin was at the WJSS representing both the Red Wings and USA Hockey's World Junior Championship team:

Led by [Team USA GM Jim] Johannson, the player evaluation process involves a committee of trusted personnel, all of whom helped select last year’s gold medal-winning U.S. squad. Joining Johannson in player personnel roles is Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager, Ryan Martin, and USA Hockey’s Ben Smith, while the coaching staff includes head coach, Bob Motzko (St. Cloud State University), and assistants Greg Brown (Boston College), Grant Potulny (University of Northern Michigan), Kris Mayotte (Providence College) and Steve Miller (Ohio State University).

Caples continues, and given that Ken Holland's worked with Hockey Canada previously, it would make sense that the Wings are allowing other members of their management team to consult with their country's national teams.

2. From the Red Wings, DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner took advantage of the Wings' summer fantasy camp and conducted a "Red and White Authority" podcast with Larry Murphy:

3. The Wings have also posted a Facebook photo gallery from said camp, and added some Tweets to the mix:

4. Also of Red Wings-related note: Danny DeKeyser will be taking part in the "Childrenz Challenge" this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway next weekend:

Update: Everything in Sweden is going behind Paywalls, but, for what it's worth, Pitea-Tidningen reports that Tomas Holmstrom's holding his annual hockey school in Pitea.

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