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Updated w/ Kulfan on Lewis and funnny “ha”: Of Red Wings-related note on a furnace-hot Tuesday afternoon:

Per the Grand Rapids Griffins, the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams fund did something very cool today:

The Griffins Youth Foundation on Tuesday announced a donation of 20 brand new sets of hockey equipment, courtesy of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund. This donation will help the foundation continue to provide opportunities for 300 kids – many of whom are underprivileged, underserved or have other special needs – to participate in the great sport of hockey at no cost.

“It is thanks to so many great organizations like the NHLPA that we are able to do the things we do to serve these terrific kids,” said Bob Kaser, president of the foundation and vice president of broadcasting and community relations for the Grand Rapids Griffins. “Over the years, our program has touched the lives of thousands of kids and grown dramatically. With donations such as this one from NHLPA Goals & Dreams, we’ll continue to enhance our existing programs and pursue further expansion in the near future.”

Established in 1995, the Griffins Youth Foundation promotes academic excellence, community involvement and healthy lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports. The foundation’s programs include hockey for first through ninth graders and a girls-only division, as well as the Grand Rapids Sled Wings sled hockey team for physically challenged kids and teens. For more information, visit griffinskids.org.

Former Grand Rapids Griffin and current Detroit Red Wing Justin Abdelkader, who grew up in nearby Muskegon, Mich., is thrilled about this opportunity to help give back to the game and area he loves. “The Griffins Youth Foundation is a great organization that NHL players are happy to support,” said Abdelkader. “Hockey is such an expensive sport to play, so I’m glad we can help grow the game and give kids the opportunity to play it, especially in the area where I grew up.”

• Via the Dearborn Patch’s Jeff Holmquist and ClickonDetroit.com, Red Wings prospect mentor Chris Chelios will take part in a charity golf outing to benefit Cheli’s Chili employee Megan Soroka’s charitable foundation:

The public is invited to take part in the fifth annual “Megan’s Dreams” charity golf outing at the Dearborn Hills Golf Club. The charity fundraiser features golf and silent and live auctions All proceeds will benefit the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and “Megan’s Dreams,” a scholarship fund set up to help students pursue veterinary studies at Michigan State University.

The event honors the memory of Megan Darr Soroka, a popular manager at Cheli’s Chili Bar in Detroit and a tireless advocate for animal welfare who poured her energies into helping the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Chris Chelios, retired Detroit Red Wing, and owner of Cheli’s, is the honorary co-chair of this annual event.

“Megan had a big laugh and an even bigger heart, and her greatest commitment was to help all animals and the young students who want to one day care for them,” said Bob Knoop, organizer of the golf event. “Her legacy and generosity live on with the Dearborn Animal Shelter and the ‘Megan’s Dream’s scholarship program. We’re inviting everyone – golfers and non-golfers alike – to join us at the Dearborn Hills Golf Club as we help keep Megan’s Dream alive and chip in for two good causes.”

Cost for golfers is $125, which includes 18 holes of golf, gift package, breakfast, dinner with a two-hour open bar and beverages on the cart, plus lunch and snacks. Event organizers invite non-golfers to support the event, too, and join the post-golf dinner at $50 per person, which includes a two-hour open bar.

To register, go to www.megansdreams.com.

• Via the Windsor Star, on June 26th, Bob Probert’s charitable foundation is holding a motorcycle ride to raise funds for Windsor’s Hotel-Dieu Grace hospital and its cardiac unit:

On Sunday, June 26, 2011 Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in conjunction with CAW Local 444 and Local 2458 will host The Inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride. This motorcycle fundraiser is used to bring awareness and give support to the Angioplasty Program at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario.

This year’s ride promises to be a wonderful and exciting event. Commencing at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, the ride will follow a scenic route through city, waterfront and country settings. The evening is capped off with a meal served at Place Concorde with great entertainment at the Bluesin ’n’ Cruisin Blues Fest. Bob’s bike, displayed on a flatbed trailer, will be involved in the day’s events.

For those who want to be involved but don’t ride a motorcycle, you can be an Angel Wing Supporter.  For every $100 collected in pledges you will receive lunch and entrance into the rides final destination the Bluesfest Bluesin’ n’ Cruisin’ at Place Concorde.  You will also receive a poker hand for a chance to win great prizes.  Prizes will also be awarded to the top fundraisers.

• In slightly less charitable news, if you happen to find yourself in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, Igor Larionov will be hosting a wine-tasting dinner at the Chicago Steakhouse location in Moscow. It’s a $209-a-plate event;

• Also firing up the way-back machine, Total Pro Sports notes that today marks the 14th anniversary of the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup win;

• Per the Associated Press, one of the Wings’ behind-the-bench alums landed a job today as Dave Lewis joined the Carolina Hurricanes as an assistant coach;

• And, uh…Well, you can weigh in on this observation from the Arizona Republic’s Jim Gintonio:

There is no way that Shane Doan should not win the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The Coyotes captain, in line for the honor along with Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, meets and eclipses the criteria – superior leadership on and off the ice.

I hope Messier, who will pick the winner, realizes the impact Doan has had selling hockey in the desert.

During back-to-back years of uncertainty regarding the team’s future, Doan has led the Coyotes to two playoff appearances. He has been an aggressive presence on the ice, a calming one in the locker room and the ideal face of a franchise in the community.

Not to say that Chara and Lidstrom don’t deserve praise as well. But given the circumstances of all three players, this should be an easy choice for Messier.

Update: Via RedWIngsFeed, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan weighed in on the Lewis hiring...

It’s nice to see Dave Lewis back in the league.

Lewis was named an assistant coach today on Paul Maurice’s staff with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lewis had a stint as the head coach for the Ukraine national team last season. When that ended, he wasn’t sure what was on the horizon.

This is a good fit. Lewis played on the Wings with Hurricanes general manager Jimmy Rutherford, and Hurricanes scout Bert Marshall was Lewis’ best man (they were New York Islanders teammates).

Rod Brind’Amour, a former Hurricanes star, was named the other assistant on Maurice’s staff.

I’m glad to see Lewis back in the league. He’s always been a class act.

• And Ken Kal endures some player harassment in the latest Red Wings TV out-take reel:


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All American in MN's avatar

The Coyotes captain [Doan]...superior leadership on and off the ice.

Let’s talk about his on the ice antics of this leader.  If you count giving a guy with a large quantity of literally just placed stitches a face wash leadership, then yes he has it.  If you count running players after the whistle constantly, then yes, he has it.  If you count the four seconds that elapse after a player passes the puck to the time Doan actually checks them, then yes, he has it.  If you skate around the ice with your eyes wide open like a druggie strung out on too much speed elbowing everyone in the head, then yes, he has it. 

Look, I really hope that I do not offend anyone out there dealing with a serious issue, but Doan looks like an autistic person on skates.

Posted by All American in MN on 06/07/11 at 07:31 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

Ken Kal is great. We are luck to have him.

Posted by joedaiceman on 06/07/11 at 08:56 PM ET

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