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Red Wings overnight report: reviewing a busy Wednesday, a Kronwall interview and early Datsyuk stuff

Thursday was busy as hell. I don't usually start these overnight reports with summations, but this is one of those rare occurrences where I think "bringing you up to speed" may be useful.

  • The Red Wings released their local TV and radio broadcast schedule for the 2013-2014 season, and 71 games will air on Fox Sports Detroit or FSD Plus;
  • The Wings also released the details of the in-person portion of beginning of single-game ticket sales at 10 AM EDT on Saturday. The Wings will both allow fans to take pictures with the 1997 Stanley Cup banner and they're going to have a $9-per-seat ticket sale as well--and that's always an in-person-only affair;

Here are the last two videos:



  • If you aren't already aware of it, the Calder Cup will be in Grand Rapids this weekend, and Luke Glendening is going to have his "Days with the Cup" on Friday and Saturday. Fox 17's Steve Amorose offers the details of the public portion of Glendening's Friday events...

The Calder Cup has been traveling all over the world this summer as each member of the Grand Rapids Griffins gets to spend a day with it.  This Friday, the Calder Cup will becoming to East Grand Rapids

Luke Glendening will be allowing the public to take part in his day with the Calder Cup from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Big Bob’s Pizza on Croswell Avenue. Glendening was an instrumental part of the Griffins championship-run as a rookie, racking up 16 points (6 Goals, 10 Assists) which was good for third-best on the team. He was also called on to take many of the key face-offs during the postseason, especially late in games.

Glendening recently signed a one-year deal with the Griffins parent-club, the Detroit Red Wings.

And the Griffins offered this about an autograph-signing on Saturday:



  • Michigan State University's pro camp is still underway at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, and Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula are among the NHL'ers attending it. Per MSU's Twitter account, the pro camp's on-ice sessions go from 9-11 AM today and 11-1 tomorrow, and it's open to the public.


The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children will host its fifth annual Charity Softball Series on Saturday at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland. Gates open at 10 a.m. with games scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“The lineup this year is the best I’ve ever had,” Kocur said. “Dave Coulier just confirmed that he’ll be there. I’m going to have three separate autograph signings. I’ve got Darren McCarty, Chris Osgood and Ted Lindsay signing for an hour. We’ve got two full baseball fields of kids games with a midway and ferris wheel and dunk tanks and rock climbing walls. Everything is donated, so everything that is bought that day goes right back to the charities. My foundation is 100% give back. There is no person on our staff that gets a penny of this.”

Multiple local charities will benefit, including Team Kendal Kidz, Wings of Mercy East Michigan, F.A.R. Conservatory, The Huron Valley Special Olympics and Shannon Gaber Silverthorn Lakeland High School Public Service Scholarship. Kocur said the event will honor the life of a young Fenton student, Jackson Gangwer, “that tragically passed away in April.”

Among the other former pro hockey players who have confirmed are Petr Klima, Kirk Maltby, Darren Pang, Dino Ciccarelli, Josh Langfeld, Eddie Mio, Mickey Redmond, Paul Ysebaert, John Ogrodnick, Jiri Fischer, Manny Legace, Mike Krushelnyski, Jason Woolley, Dave Lewis, Pat Peake, Bryan Smolinski and Wayne Presley.

Other athletes and celebrities confirmed include Dave Rozema (Tigers), Eric Hipple (Lions), Scott Lusader (Tigers), Chris Fehn (Slipknot) and Coulier (“Full House”).

Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Milford, White Lake and Highland police and fire departments. Tickets can also be purchased at Bakers of Milford, South Lyon Hotel, Comeback Inn of Highland or Wachler Jewelry on Old Woodward in Birmingham.

Tickets will also be available for $15 at the event. Children under 10 are free, as are autographs.



  • Today, Datsyuk's stopping by Sovetsky Sport's offices in Moscow to pick up the Kharlamov Trophy, which Sovetsky Sport presents to the player it deems to be the best Russian hockey player in the world. He's picking it up at 1 PM Moscow time, which is...Well, *#$%@&, it's right now (5 AM). There's a video stream up and there will be more later.


  • He and the rest of the Russian Olympic orientation camp's roster will be heading to Sochi, Russia for a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Friday and media availabilities on Saturday, and again, as the Russian team is inherently political, no one should expect Datsyuk or any other Russian player to speak out against Russia's anti-homosexuality laws until the NHL'ers cross the Atlantic--especially given that the Russian Hockey Federation's PR point man told Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov that the topic was "like speaking French in Nizhny Novogrod--the guys wouldn't understand" (read: in post-Soviet Russia, journalist who asks question gets sent to Antarctica to take a swim in Lake Vostok).


  • Again, regarding the other Olympic orientation camps, you can expect Mike Babcock to be bombarded with questions when the Canadian Olympic orientation camp takes place in Calgary, Alberta between Sunday the 25th and Wednesday the 28th--the longest "orientation camp" by far--and Ken Holland will be in attendance as well as he's one of GM Steve Yzerman's advisors...


  • And Jimmy Howard, Danny DeKeyser and Justin Abdelkader will all be taking part in Team USA's Olympic orientation camp in Arlington, VA on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th, with Tuesday's session at the Capitals' practice facility to include an autograph session if you happen to live in "NOVA" or the Washington, D.C. area.


In terms of "new news," today's crop was particularly spartan--so thin that I decided that I wasn't going to write an overnight report--until, after playing the Sims 3 for a bit, I did one last check-in, and Lilja4ever shared an interview Niklas Kronwall gave to a publication I don't have bookmarked--which is rare. Kronwall gave an interview to Miiti Stockholm's Johan Kristensten, and I have to admit that this is particularly roughly translated thanks to place names and colloquialisms that I'm not familiar with (and I looked 'em up!):

Kronwall finds strength from his mother

Niklas Kronwall's aiming to win an Olympic gold medal and even a Stanley Cup this upcoming season.

But first he's gaining strength while at home with his mom in Jarfalla and his favorite hang-out in Sundbyberg and his summer home in Ljustero.

Niklas Kronwall's on the ice at the Segeltorpshallen. This morning, he's practicing with, among others, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder. It's one of the season's first practices after nearly two months off the ice.

"It's a blast to start again. We've all had a great summer and it's fun to see everyone again."

One of the missing players was Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and newly-crowned Stanley Cup champion Johnny Oduya, who recently celebrated his day with the Stanley Cup.

"I have complete respect for that. It's not often that you have the opportunity to bring home the trophy. I think it was right that he had full focus on the trophy the day he had it," says Niklas Kronwall.

You've personally held it, what's it like to be alone with the trophy?

"When you're there everything goes so fast. You don't really understand what it really means. It's only as you get older that you realize how hard it is to win. I think I would appreciate a Stanley Cup victory even more now. It's so dan hard that you have to summon everything you've got in order to go all the way."

For the past several years, he's had an apartment in Sundbyberg, where he lives when he visits Sweden. Sometimes,, the Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist can be seen at his favorite spot, Café Cino on Nyberg's square with a double-helping of chicken, Lebanese Bulgar wheat and tzatziki.

He also goes to visit his mom in Jarfalla, where, every year, he organizes a charity game where NHL stars play Jarfalla HC's A-league team. He even appears at the club's hockey school.

"It's a blast. I remember when I was that age. It's especially so considering that it's Jarfalla, and I was one of the players who was sitting there."

Did you meet any stars at that age?

"The star for me was Danne Nyberg, who was our coach. He took care of us, taught us things and always called us out when we did something that we shouldn't do."

He also spends some of his summer holiday in Ljustero, as well as the Stockholm archipelago.

"Stockholm is one of the world's best cities. It has everything, a fine day in Stockholm is hard to beat. It has everything you could want."

He's also looking forward to the Olympics next year.

"It's of course exciting. Most importantly, it's exciting to see the team come together. We had a really nice visit yesterday [at the Olympic orientation camp], not just during the day but also at night when we had a team meal together.

Hopes are predictably high regarding both the Tre Kronor and Detroit.

"The ultimate goal at the end is always to stand there and raise the trophy after the final game."


Name: Niklas Kronwall.

Age: 32 years old.

Home: An apartment in Sundbyberg, a summer house in Ljusterogatan and a house in Detroit.

Family: His partner, Katnika, 41, and his golden retriever Bailey, 2. "He's also here in Sweden. I miss him even if I'm away for just a few days."

At present: Attended the Tre Kronor's Olympic gathering in Stockholm last week, and is gearing up for a new season with the Detroit Red Wings.

The unsaid subject here is that Kronwall's mom, Tove, raised Niklas, his younger brother Staffan and his older brother Mattias--and took them to their hockey games--after Kronwall's dad, Hans, passed away due to a heart attack on Kronwall's 9th birthday.




Otherwise...I'm not going to translate it, but HockeySverige.se's Uffe Bodin read and reviewed Bob Probert's biography, "Tough Guy," and he suggests that the hardest-to-read part of the book is...

Well, Probert telling his own stories, because we all know that it really wasn't until the end of his career that Probert realized what his drinking and carousing was doing to his family, and he hadn't really found a measure of peace, never mind stability, until the final years of his life.


  • Stephen Weiss makes a VERY brief appearance in Biosteel Sports' latest pro camp video...
  • The Neue Luzerner Zeitung's Nicola Berger offered some details--albeit scant ones--regarding former Wing Damien Brunner's future...


  • And in the Twitter department in terms of the Wings and their prospects...

For those of you keeping score at home, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Brendan, his brother Reilly (who was traded to Boston in the Loui Eriksson-Tyler Seguin deal), Johan Franzen, Cory Emmerton, Jimmy Howard, Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm are all skating at the Joe.

This made me laugh, and it continues to make me laugh, so I'll share it with you:



Before I ask you for money, I need to ask a question on behalf of a friend: A pal is crossing the Pacific to take in the Winter Classic, the alumni games and some other Wings tilts, and he's trying to find a way to get in to the December 21st game between Detroit and Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

I've suggested that he look on the secondary market as Leaf tickets are hard to come by, but if any of you know a way that he could contact the Leafs and snag some tix, both he and I would greatly appreciate your assistance.



And I'm "on" the curve now, but I still need to raise a significant chunk of bucks to pay the costs of heading up to Traverse City for two weeks to attend the prospect tournament and main camp.

The hotel bill's close to being paid for, but I still need to get it covered, and then there are the asundries (gas up there, back down and driving around there can be as low as $120 or as high as $220 depending on the price of gas--you'd be surprised at the amount of miles I end up racking up staying very close to the rink over the course of two-a-day trips--and while-I'm-there food costs, well, I'm cheap and don't eat out often, so I'd say I could live on a hundred and my own money after that), and I'm under two weeks from leaving town on September 4th--for two weeks. If there is any way that you can lend a hand and/or spread the word, I would greatly, greatly appreciate it.

I'm sticking with PayPal as folks are familiar with it, and the email address that you use as my "recipient" ID is my personal email address, rtxg@yahoo.com.

Thanks again.



6 AM and the Datsyuk Kharlamov trophy ceremony is still going on. Monkeys on planes, I swear, the questions he's facing are SO UNBELIEVABLY LONG that I no longer feel blabby. I hope he's done by 5 PM...



Immediate dang update: From Sovetsky Sport, here's some garbled Google-translated Russian:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk won the award "Kharlamov Trophy", which the newspaper "Soviet Sport" annually awarded to the best Russian player of the National Hockey League.

At the ceremony, hockey answered questions from reporters, fans and well-known coaches.

(About the Prize "Kharlamov Trophy")

- I am very pleased. I immediately began to congratulate all. Especially in a year when the movie came out. Very nice gift for my birthday.

(On the film "The Legend of number 17)

- I wanted to see "Legend number 17" in the movie. But came to Yekaterinburg, and the film does not show. But my friends have organized viewing. Liked the movie. It seemed there was just a little imagination. But the experience is good.

(On the NHL)

- Why did you decide to stay in the NHL?

- It said many times. I think that the NHL - at present a strong league. As long as I have the strength, I'll play there.

(On the Olympic Games in Sochi)

- I do not care, I'll be the captain of the Olympic Games or the water I'll be carrying. The main thing is to help the team.

(About words Isinbayeva, upheld the ban promotion of homosexuality)

- My position - I am Orthodox. I think that says it all.

35-year-old Russian ice hockey team has received this award for the second time - he was voted the best by our overseas in 2011.

Last season, Datsyuk along with "Detroit" reached the semifinals of the Western Conference. On account of striker 49 (15 +34) points in 47 regular season and 9 (3 +6) points in the playoffs.

I don't think Datsyuk had a choice but to suggest that he's a religious man. Saying anything else would've gone over like a live grenade.

Update #2: But wait, there's more, part 1:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk said with great respect for the achievements of the famous Soviet hockey player Valery Kharlamov.

- Valery Kharlamov, for me it is a teacher, which, unfortunately, I did not communicate. But I'm trying to learn his game. He was a slight increase in earned respect around the world. There are people to whom we seek. For me - it Valeri Kharlamov.

Recall Datsyuk won the award "Kharlamov Trophy", which the newspaper "Soviet Sport" annually awarded to the best Russian player of the National Hockey League.

35-year-old Russian ice hockey team has received this award for the second time - he was voted the best by our overseas in 2011.

Last season, Datsyuk along with "Detroit" reached the semifinals of the Western Conference. On account of striker 49 (15 +34) points in 47 regular season and 9 (3 +6) points in the playoffs.

Part 2...

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk said that appreciates the award "Kharlamov Trophy."

- Very nice. I immediately began to congratulate all. I am very pleased. Especially in a year when the movie came out. Very nice gift for my birthday.

Part 3:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk said that he has an idea to organize a hockey reality show.

- There was a desire to make a show similar to the project in which the stars were skaters. I would like to come up with something similar about hockey. But it is not up to it. I have until the circus.

Part 4:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk at the awarding ceremony of the "Kharlamov Trophy" told whether he is ready to start coaching career.

- No, I have no desire to become a coach. Watched as working professionals. It's hard work, and I do not want them to do. But functionary may have worked. After working on opening a school for children.

Part 5:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk said than North American hockey is different from the Russian one.

- The main differences? The level of hockey and related to hockey.

- Are there any rituals before a game?

- We stop drinking. But do not stop smoking. And the second - stop reading newspapers.

Part 6:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk explained why he extended his contract with the North American club and did not return to the League.

"It is already said many times. I think that the NHL - at present a strong league. As long as I have the strength, I'll play there. "

Part 7:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk said with great respect for the achievements of the famous Soviet hockey player Valery Kharlamov.

- Valery Kharlamov, for me it is a teacher, which, unfortunately, I did not communicate. But I'm trying to learn his game. He was a slight increase in earned respect around the world. There are people to whom we seek. For me - it Valeri Kharlamov.

And Part 8:

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk at the ceremony, "Kharlamov Trophy" encouraged not to share the KHL and NHL team in Russia.

- We all put on a sweater and no matter what league we play in Russia or in the NHL. Journalists should not divide us in Russian and NHLovtsy. We are all doing the same thing.


Update #3: According to Sportbox.ru, Datsyuk, Alexei Morozov, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, among others, are going to be taking part in a charity game in Tver on August 25th.

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Finally, something without the butthurt Ottawa press and Alfredson. They NEED to accept the fact their billionaire team owner insulted and lowballed their most important to the franchise player ever and he decided he was done with it before they tried to mend some bridges. *#$%@& Ottaw, Melnyk, and their media.

Posted by teldar on 08/22/13 at 07:34 AM ET


You preach having respect for everyone and their opinions, yet you basically say that Datsyuk’s clearly anti-gay opinion is basically a character flaw. Personally, I’m in no way anti-gay (I could care less about the topic), but just as homophobics need to realize that being homosexual is perfectly fine, homosexuals and those supporting them need to realize that it’s also perfectly fine to have the opposite opinion on the matter. It’s not a character flaw, it’s the man’s opinion. Today’s uber-liberal world needs to wake up and realize that yes, acceptance of all walks of life is great, but not all humans are hardwired the same way (gays, of all people, should understand this) and we’re not all going to sit around a campfire holding hands and singing koombaya.

Posted by Diggler from Marquette, MI on 08/22/13 at 10:53 PM ET


Well, put that in the wrong post ^^^. Epic fail.

Posted by Diggler from Marquette, MI on 08/22/13 at 10:54 PM ET

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