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by George Malik on 08/01/14 at 01:25 AM ET
August 1st usually marks the nadir of the hockey news cycle, and at least as of the "middle of the night," it's quiet, but with PK Subban's arbitration hearing scheduled for today, Paul's going to busy and I'm going to be running pre-vacation errands and hoping that things remain "quiet."
For the present moment, I've found a press release, a 17-minute interview Jonathan Ericsson gave to Norrkoping's Tidningar--in Swedish--and a few notes.
The press release involves Danny DeKeyser making a charitable appearance at the Kohl's in Livonia on August 6th:
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and Kohl’s invite the community to celebrate Safety Day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 6 at the Kohl’s store in Livonia (29580 7 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152). The event will feature Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, free bike helmets, children’s activities, music, snacks and local public safety officials. Kohl’s will present a check for $299,497 to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
The gift supports Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program (KIPP) at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC, which provides injury prevention education and safety tools to decrease unintentional child deaths and injuries. Since 2000, Kohl’s has donated more than $5,940,950 through Kohl’s Cares® to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to benefit patients and families at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC.
“We are grateful for the continued support of Kohl’s for the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program,” said Tony Werner, president and CEO for Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “Kohl’s is a valuable partner, and their commitment to safety is essential to keeping children of all ages protected and injury free.”
Kohl’s leadership will present the donation at 5 p.m. to Werner and Christina Shanti, M.D., chief of pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC. Meanwhile, the community is invited to Kohl’s Safety Day for free bike helmets and fittings, activities, music and snacks. DeKeyser will sign the first 100 helmets given to children age 14 and younger. The event is sponsored by Kohl’s, 96.3 WDVD-FM, Garden Fresh Salsa, Domino’s Pizza, Joe Cornell Entertainment, and Perry’s Tents and Events.
The KIPP at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC offers safety educational materials and products such as smoke alarms, car seats and bike helmets to children and their families. They also visit area schools to teach kids about personal safety.
“Kohl’s has been a dedicated supporter of children’s health in Michigan since 2000,” Shanti said. “We are very fortunate to have such a great partner. Along with the donations to the Foundation, which allow us to continue injury prevention programs, Kohl’s Associates also volunteer on a regular basis to make many of our community outreach events a success.”
The Ericsson interview isn't embeddable, and it turns out that he mumbles in Swedish, too, but as he's 30, locked up for the next six years and was very sorely missed during the Wings' playoff series against Boston, I'm sure that the interview will yield a solid article within the next 24 to 48 hours;
This isn't necessarily hockey-related, but it is important: Crain's Detroit Business's Amy Haimerl reports that the "Downtown Detroit Partnership," an organization that runs Campus Martius park and coordinates the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone, has hired former Olympia Development executive Eric Larson as their CEO:
Congratulate Eric Larson on his new gig: He’s now officially the acting CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.
Larson has been helping to steer the group since Dave Blaskiewicz announced in May he was stepping down to focus his attention on Invest Detroit, which provides gap financing for economic development in the city.
Larson previously told Crain’s that he had no interest in becoming the permanent CEO of DDP, a public-private partnership with a mission of revitalizing downtown Detroit. And the email announcing his appointment called him both CEO and acting CEO.
The acting title, he said, “isn’t an indication of level of interest or commitment. It is an indication that all of us who seem to be engaged in meaningful ways in Detroit have lots of different activities we are trying to balance.”
But, in fact, there is no longer a search for a permanent CEO, he said.
Larson used to work for the Ilitches...
Prior to that, Larson was with the Ilitch organization’s real estate arm, Olympia Development, focused on planning a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings. That plan came to fruition this month.
He spent the past year working with Dan Gilbert and Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC, and in addition to facilitating business investment and development in Downtown Detroit, this guy's connected:
In his career, Larson has developed, financed and managed 3 billion square feet of real estate, according to his biography on the Larson Realty website. Some of those projects include One Detroit Center, the redevelopment of the Renaissance Center and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education that houses the College for Creative Studies and Shinola Detroit’s leather- and watch-manufacturing facilities.
While acting as CEO of DDP, Larson will continue consulting with Bedrock Real Estate and serve as chair of The Parade Co. and the Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative, a program of the Urban Land Institute named after Eric Larson’s late father, who was a longtime Taubman Co. executive and civic leader.
Mr. Larson and his organization will be working with the Downtown Development Authority and the Ilitches to bring businesses to the "District Detroit," so he's going to play a significant role in the shape of the economic development surrounding the rink.
This isn't necessarily Red Wings-related, but Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples profiled one of my favorite people on Twitter, "Warrior Stick Guy" Keith Perera, and as Warrior's based in Warren and have Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson, Justin Abdelkader and Daniel Cleary among their endorsees, Perera plays an important role in equipping the Wings:
Perera was promoted from product manager of sticks to the brand manager for Warrior Hockey in April. Now, he oversees all marketing efforts for the company’s hockey division.
“As a brand manager, my responsibilities are for how our brand is portrayed, whether it be from print ads to television ads to our social media, how we’re portrayed on social media through all the different channels on there, our relationships with various leagues like the NHL and the CHL in Canada and the U.S., and international, as well.
“It’s kind of a global situation, because there’s a lot going on in Canada, there’s a lot going on in our businesses in Europe and Asia, and of course our business in the U.S. So it’s overseeing all that. That’s not to say I do it all myself, we have an amazing team of people.”
He said that every day has been a new adventure since taking over the brand manager position.
“In a way, I don’t know what I’m doing on a daily basis, but I think that’s the best part. It’s allowing me to try to figure things out. I think sometimes it’s good to shake your life up a little bit and be taken out of your comfort zone, because it proves that you’re adaptable, you can work it through, things can happen if you work hard enough, and sometimes it can be an opportunity that you don’t even know is there.”
And he offers excellent advice to anyone who's considering getting into the business of hockey:
“Don’t expect anything,” Perera said. “Don’t expect that somebody is just going to hand it to you. Put yourself in the right environment. Everything I described in my story is based on environment. I happened to be in the right place at the right time a lot of the time, but I was in that place. Once I was in that place, and I was given that opportunity, I worked my butt off to get to where I needed to go.
Perera also said to make sure you are earning the respect of others.
“At the end of the day, you spend a lot of time at work. If people don’t like you, and you’re a pain in the butt to deal with, you’re not going to be there anymore. That’s a very important part of it. Work hard and be a pretty cool dude, somebody that somebody wants to hang out with, and take advantage whenever somebody gives you an opportunity. Thank them, and take advantage of it, because they don’t come around often, or ever, really. It’s tough.”
Shifting focus back to the Wings in a "profile" vein, the Wings' website posted a Q and A with Tomas Jurco...
Q: What do you think happened to the dinosaurs?
A: Well, they died. So that’s what happened.
Q: If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing?
A: I would be an actor. I think it’s just cool making the movies and stuff, I probably would like it if I didn’t play hockey and I tried to get in one.
Q: If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
A: I’d be some famous actor, I don’t know who exactly, but just some famous actor.
Q: If you could meet one historical person, who would it be?
A: Michael Jackson.
If you missed it, the IIHF posted a superb guide to the U.S World Junior Evaluation Camp and the Canadian World Junior Development Camp.
Both events are taking place starting tomorrow, in Lake Placid, NY and Montreal, Quebec, respectively, and five total Wings prospects (Dylan Larkin's representing Team USA, Axel Holmstrom's representing Sweden, Julius Vahatalo's representing Finland--with Sweden and Finland providing Team USA's "White" and "Blue" teams' opposition--and Zach Nastasiuk and Tyler Bertuzzi wil be skating at Canada's camp) are taking part in the events, as is one Wings assistant coach (Tony Granato will coach Larkin's "Blue" team):
With less than five months to go until the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, the ten participating nations meet in summer camps.
Canada will host a Summer Development Camp next week, 3-8 August, in Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec, that also includes the U20 national teams from the Czech Republic, Russia and for one game Sweden.
At the same time across the border USA Hockey will hold its National Junior Evaluation Camp 2-9 August in Lake Placid with 42 players that will play in two squads against Finland and Sweden.
The IIHF's guide continues and lists full rosters for the Canadian, Czech, Russian, U.S., Swedish and Finnish teams...
And on Twitter:
I will be "in and out" all day today--I have to run a crapton of errands and pack--and as of tomorrow, I'll be heading up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a week to spend time with my family. I will try to check in from time to time, but I haven't had a "vacation" in two years, so it remains to be seen whether I'll check in every day or every other day. Depends on my OCD.
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