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by George Malik on 03/12/14 at 08:26 PM ET
FYI, the Red Wings' charitable donut is on sale at local Tim Horton's locations this week...
And amongst the Wings' press releases, tomorrow is "High School Journalism" day at the Joe...
WINGS TO HOST 70 MICHIGAN STUDENTS AT HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALIST DAY PRESENTED BY ITC
… High School Students to Watch Practice, Tour Press Box and Participate in Q&A Sessions with Media Members, Wings Management, Players and PR Staff …
DETROIT – Seventy high school reporters from Detroit to Sturgis to Charlevoix and various areas in between will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ annual High School Journalist Day, presented by ITC Holdings Corp., on Thursday, March 13, in the Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. Student participants, who range from sophomores to seniors, will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a sports reporter covering the Red Wings.
High School Journalist Day will open with a Q&A session at 9:45 a.m. featuring a four-member media panel of reporters who frequently cover the Red Wings. Kevin Allen of USA Today, Michael Caples of Michigan Hockey, Bob Duff of the Windsor Star and Ken Kal, the play-by-play voice for the Red Wings, will share their personal experiences as well as offer advice on breaking into sports journalism.
Students will then tour the Joe Louis Arena press box and watch the Red Wings practice. During the practice, students will be permitted to snap photos and jot down observations. The tour and practice will be followed by lunch in the Olympia Club.
The first of three mock press conferences will then begin at 12:15 p.m. Students will have 30 minutes to ask head coach Mike Babcock questions ranging from hockey-related topics to his thoughts on sports journalism. Special assistant to the general manager and former Red Wings star Kris Draper will be on hand for the second 45-minute press conference to discuss the front office aspects of professional sports and his playing career, while Red Wings players Jonathan Ericsson, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar will field questions about themselves and the team’s performance in the third press conference.
All student participants will receive a drawstring bag, folder, notepad and pen, courtesy of ITC, and the Detroit Red Wings.
Students will be encouraged to write an article or put together a broadcast piece using the information they collect during High School Journalist Day for their school newspaper or broadcast outlet. After the stories have been published and submitted, the top three entries will be selected by the Wings’ PR department. The grand prize winner will have his or her story posted on http://www.DetroitRedWings.com and will get to spend a 2014-15 Red Wings practice, lunch and home game shadowing USA Today hockey reporter Kevin Allen. The second place writer or broadcaster will win two tickets to a 2014-15 home game and the third place writer will receive a puck or photo signed by his or her favorite player.
Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser are going to be engaging in charitable activities on Thursday...
ABDELKADER TO READ THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD TO STUDENTS AT TRILLIUM ACADEMY ON THURSDAY
… School Won Opportunity Through Red Wings for Reading Contest Presented by Michigan Education Savings Program …
DETROIT -Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader will visit Trillium Academy in Taylor, Mich., at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, to read The Little Engine That Could to 77 second and third graders in recognition of National Reading Month. Trillium Academy won the opportunity for Abdelkader to read at their school by submitting the most entries of all elementary schools that participated in Red Wings for Reading presented by Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) between Sept. 3, 2013, and Feb. 1, 2014.
Following the book reading, Abdelkader will answer students’ questions about hockey and reading. He will then present an autographed set of The ABC’s of Detroit Red Wings Hockey books and several other children’s books for the school library, along with an autographed Red Wings jersey.
Each student will receive a drawstring bag, coloring book and crayons, courtesy of MESP, along with a Red Wings pencil, sticker and temporary tattoo.
RED WINGS DEFENSEMAN DANNY DEKEYSER TO VISIT DEKEYSER ELEMENTARY ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON
... Wings School Assembly Program Has Visited 90 Schools This Season, Reaching More than 35,000 Students ...
DETROIT -Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser will visit DeKeyser Elementary in Sterling Heights, Mich., on Thursday, March 13, as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
DeKeyser, who coincidentally shares his last name with the elementary school, will join the Red Wings School Assembly Team to introduce students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Wings will provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
The School Assembly Team opens every program with an interactive lesson on exercise and healthy eating, followed by an energetic hockey shootout competition pitting students against teachers. New to the program this year, the assembly will address the growing issue of bullying.
Each school receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, with every student receiving a Red Wings folder, a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan life-size growth poster featuring Brendan Smith, as well as a healthy eating cookbook from the Kroger Company of Michigan.
Now in its fourth year, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited 330 local schools, reaching more than 142,000 students and providing 660 sets of equipment to physical education departments throughout southeastern Michigan. This season alone, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited 90 schools and reached more than 35,000 students. Notable players and alumni such as Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Todd Bertuzzi, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood and Kirk Maltby have each attended an assembly.
A special fundraising initiative administered by the Red Wings School Assembly Program has helped local students raise more than $85,000 since 2011 for a variety of charitable endeavors.
This season, the Red Wings School Assembly Team plans to make 115 appearances. The most up-to-date schedule can be found at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/schoolassemblyschedule.
If you are interested in signing your youngster up for the Wings' youth hockey school...
RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2014 YOUTH HOCKEY CAMP DATES
… Three Current Red Wings, Kirk Maltby and Members of DRW Coaching Staff to Lead Fun-Filled Camp, Aug. 11-13, at Joe Louis Arena …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Youth Hockey Camp returns to Joe Louis Arena this summer on Aug. 11-13. For $269 for skaters and $219 for goalies, young Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to skate on the same ice as their favorite National Hockey League players and receive instruction from four-time Stanley Cup champion Kirk Maltby and members of the Red Wings coaching staff.
Minor hockey players between the ages of six and 16 are able to participate in this one-of-a-kind camp. Players aged 6-10 will take part in exclusive morning sessions, while players in the older age group (11-16) will hit the ice at JLA during the afternoon.
Special guest coaches from Detroit’s active roster are scheduled to attend over the course of the three days, including Danny DeKeyser, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan. Maltby, Goaltending Coach Jim Bedard and Assistant Coach (Video) Keith McKittrick will also be serving as instructors throughout the camp’s duration. All camp participants will receive at least one hour and fifteen minutes worth of on-ice instruction from these NHL-level players and coaches each day.
Camp dues also include a Red Wings Youth Hockey Camp jersey, a 5x7 commemorative personal photo taken in front of a Red Wings player locker of the attendee’s choice, a certificate of participation and a ticket to a 2014 Red Wings pre-season game.
In addition to dryland training sessions led by members of the Red Wings training staff, several fun-filled activities at the Joe are in store for Youth Hockey Camp participants, such as a tour of the Red Wings locker room and a trivia contest with great Red Wings prizes.
A limited number of spots are still available. Individuals interested in registering for a spot in this year’s camp can visit http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/yhc or call (313) 471-7451.
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