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by George Malik on 08/29/13 at 10:21 AM ET
Updated 3x at 12:21 PM: The Red Wings are officially back at work at Joe Louis Arena this morning...
But they're not alone:
Booo-urns...I mean Alfredsson...
Organizers of the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament and Detroit Red Wings training camp in conjunction with the Toledo Walleye Boosters Club have designated September 8, 2013 as the second annual ‘Bryan Rufenach day’. A portion of the proceeds of all ticket sales will benefit the Bryan Rufenach Just Skills Camp. The annual camp, based out of Lindsay Ontario and run by the Rufenach family, just completed its second year with over 70 participants between the ages of 7 and 12. Donations will help fund ice time and other costs associated with the five day camp and allow free participation to local hockey players.
Bryan Rufenach, who passed away tragically in the summer of 2012 while traveling through Europe, was a 23-year-old defenseman for the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) and the Grand Rapids Grifffins (AHL). He was also a 2007 seventh round draft selection of the Red Wings and played in the 2011 NHL Prospects Tournament. During his last professional season, Rufenach collected 13 goals and 33 points in 54 games with Toledo. The Lindsay, Ontario native had previously spent four seasons with Clarkson University where he tallied 21 goals and 55 points over his collegiate career.
In addition to the ticket proceeds, the Toledo Walleye Booster Club will be on hand to raffle off several prizes including an autographed photo of Bryan on Military Appreciation Night. The NHL prospects games slated for that day include Minnesota vs. Dallas (3:00 pm), Carolina vs. Buffalo (3:30 pm), Columbus vs. New York (6:30 pm) and Detroit vs. St. Louis (7:00 pm). The Rufenach family is schedule to attend the even and a moment of silence will be observed in Rufenach’s honor.
MLive's Brendan Savage penned a profile of one of the prospects taking part in the tourney in Barrie Colts forward Andreas Athanasiou, who is indeed borderline cocky...
Although he'll play another year of junior hockey, Athanasiou would like to begin his pro career "as soon as possible" and has no doubt he can succeed at the next level.
"Look at the players who are in there now," he said. "I played with all of them in under-17 and under-18. If you look at under-17, I was an All-Star there. I know I have the ability to play. I have the speed. I know (the Red Wings) take their time here but if I can make the jump as quickly as possible I know I can.
"I have the ability. My resume shows that. You can look back. I've had success. Everywhere I go, I do the best I can. I know if I get the opportunity I can produce. When you play with better players, you'll always be able to. If you put me alongside some of the NHLers, I know I'll be able to play for sure."
Last season, he peaked offensively during the seven-game loss to London in the OHL Finals, getting six goals and three assists in seven games.
"It was fun," said Athanasiou, who jumped five spots on the Red Wings prospects rankings to No. 12. "I had been through it once and being a bigger part of the team was fun. You have a Hall of Fame coach (Dale Hawerchuk) and you learn a lot from him. It would have been nice to win but there's not much you can do about that.
"I always like to win. Ever since I was a kid, I've been a winner. If you look at my resume, I win. When I come into the season, I want to win. Next year my goal is to win the Memorial Cup. That's all I want to do, just win the Memorial Cup.
"Coming into every season, I never set goals like I want to score, how many points I want to get. I want to win. That's my mindset right now. (Leading the OHL in scoring) would mean a lot but individual success comes from team success. If we have a successful team, I'll have individual success."
And in the marketing department, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea offers details regarding the Wings' new partnership with
TGIt's not Amway, I mean Flagstar Bank:
The Detroit Red Wings said today they have signed a three-year marketing deal with Troy-based Flagstar Bancorp Inc., which will become the hockey team's licensed provider for credit and debit cards, checking and savings accounts, and mortgages.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Flagstar (NYSE: FBC) will have exclusive use of the Red Wings logo/marks to develop a variety of co-branded consumer and business banking products, the team said in a statement.
The bank's name will appear on the team's practice jerseys and pucks, and there will be Flagstar ATMs inside Joe Louis Arena.
Flagstar also will sponsor a new social media program with the team, called "Twitterview," that allows fans take over the team's Twitter account and interact directly with a player or Wings executive for 30 minutes every other week during hockey season, the team said.
Last year, Flagstar inked a "seven-figure" deal to become a presenting sponsor for the University of Michigan's new student rewards and banking education program on a mobile app, and is the presenting sponsor for the university's athletics website, mgoblue.com.
I will refer you back to the overnight report regarding my non-charitable drive...
And here's one more thing for now: I thought that this was very touching:
Update #0.25: Here's more about the Whalers' camp activities from OurHometown.ca:
The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers are in the middle of training camp and will scrimmage on Thursday and Friday from 9-11 am and 2-4 pm at Compuware Arena.
The scrimmages are open to the public and media.
The Whalers play their first pre-season game on Saturday at 7 pm against Windsor at Eddie Edgar Ice Arena in Livonia.
The game is being played for charity. One hundred percent of the proceeds generated in the game benefit the Livonia Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Larry Nehasil Park in Livonia.
Eddie Edgar Arena is located at 33841 Lyndon in Livonia. Tickets for the game run $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Livonia Police Department (734-466-2470), Eddie Edgar Ice Arena (734-427-1280), Compuware Arena (734-453-8400), Livonia Chamber of Commerce (734-427-2122) and the Livonia Community Recreation Center (734-466-2900).
The Larry Nehasil Park and the Livonia Fallen Heroes Memorial were created as a memorial to the service of late police officers Larry Nehasil, Ervin Johnston, James Kelley and Sidney Dethloff and fireman Gary Kreski. Ground breaking for the project happened on July 17, with the anticipated completion some time during the summer of 2014.
Update #0.5: Via RedWingsFeed, here's the Score's Dave Lozo's predictions as to where the Red Wings will finish in terms of the NHL's overall standings during this upcoming season (one place behind the Ottawa Senators?)...
5. DETROIT RED WINGS
Key additions: Stephen Weiss, Daniel Alfredsson, excess laughter looking at Eastern Conference teams they will now face multiple times
Key subtractions: Valtteri Filppula, Damien Brunner, Dan Cleary, frequent flyer mile points
Must bounce back: Jonas Gustavsson
Why they are here: As the Wings got healthy last year, they got better, and they will enter 2013-14 basically injury-free. Their young players looked for real as last season wore on, and Jimmy Howard is among the elite goaltenders in the league.
How it can go wrong: Henrik Zetterberg (32), Johan Franzen (33) and Pavel Datsyuk (35) start showing signs of age. Jimmy Howard is forced to play 70 games. The defense doesn’t improve enough over last season.
Funny quote of the offseason: “I’m meaner.” – Prospect Tyler Bertuzzi, comparing himself to uncle Todd Bertuzzi
And the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau offered some notes regarding her coverage:
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