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Red Wings will make Henrik Zetterberg available to the media on Wednesday (& 2 more press releases)

As Paul noted, Pavel Datsyuk's begun skating on his own, which is good news, and the Red Wings issued a particularly intriguing press release about 55 minutes ago:


DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will address the media tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26) in the Red Wings dressing room at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since back surgery. Zetterberg, who underwent a successful procedure on his back on February 21 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, will be available to the media at the conclusion of the team’s 12:00 p.m. practice.

Also from the Wings, part 1:

... Own a One-of-a-Kind Piece of Hockeytown History by Purchasing Through the Red Wings Digital Catalog...

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings fans now have the opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind piece of Hockeytown history, as the team has announced the sale of five custom-painted goalie helmets and 12 uniquely-designed pole banners to commemorate the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

Fans can view and purchase the goalie helmets and banners through the Red Wings official online catalog at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/catalog


All five professional goalie helmets were hand-painted by artist David Arrigo and showcase designs relating to the Hockeytown Winter Festival. In addition to custom paint jobs, several of the helmets feature autographs by players who skated in the Alumni Showdown, including Chris Chelios, Dino Ciccarelli, Mark Howe, Nick Lidstrom and Ted Lindsay.

“I used a lot of images of the alumni players, the Winter Classic jerseys and an overall winter theme to capture a classic hockey feel on the helmets,” said Arrigo. “As I was painting, it was exciting to meet the fans and have them stop by to see the helmets as they progressed. I’m very happy with the final designs and honored to have been a part of such a great event.”

The double-sided pole banners measure 2 feet by 5 feet and feature 12 different styles, ranging from Red Wings and Maple Leafs logos to photos of players who competed in the Alumni Showdown. Available player banners include Red Wings greats Gordie Howe, Nick Lidstrom, Chris Osgood and Chris Chelios. Toronto Maple Leafs banners are also for sale, featuring Mats Sundin, Wendel Clark, Darcy Tucker and Curtis Joseph. A total of 148 banners are for sale.

The Hockeytown Winter Festival featured a two-week outdoor celebration for hockey fans of all ages and was highlighted by a star-studded Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park. More than 175,000 hockey fans showed up in downtown Detroit to celebrate the game at all levels.

Launched in November 2013, the Red Wings official digital catalog includes merchandise from Reebok, Old Time Hockey, 47 Brand and exclusive products from Kid Rock's Made in Detroit clothing line. Orders can be placed by calling 1-800-WINGS-25 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by faxing a completed order form to 313-471-3002.

And in the charitable news department:

… Mystery Puck Draw, Online Fundraiser to Benefit Make-A-Wish®Michigan …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their second annual ‘Wings for Wishes’ game this Thursday, March 27, when the team takes on the Montreal Canadians at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket) to benefit Make-A-Wish® Michigan.

The team will hold a mystery puck draw on the concourse behind Section 126 when doors open at 5:30 p.m. For $35, fans will have the opportunity to purchase from an assortment of 300 hockey pucks signed by members of the 2013-14 team and packaged in a black box to conceal the autograph. Each puck has been signed by a Red Wings player and comes with a certificate of authenticity. One in three pucks available at Thursday’s game has been signed by Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, Jimmy Howard or Niklas Kronwall. The fan who purchases and opens the puck signed in gold by Alfredsson will meet him after the game.

Behind Section 126, fans can purchase blue Make-A-Wish wristbands for $5 to show their support for the cause. In addition, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation’s 50/50 raffle will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan.

New this year, the Red Wings will host an online fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Michigan. Fans who donate at certain donation levels will receive corresponding incentives, including discount coupons at Hockeytown Authentics, autographed hockey pucks and a practice visit or tickets to a Red Wings home game during the 2014-15 season. Fans can make an online donation by visiting http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/WingsforWishes


Proceeds from these activities will be used to grant wishes to kids like Joseph, a 7-year-old Red Wings fan from Livonia, Mich., whose wish is to attend WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, La., this April.  Groups, such as the Red Wings, who raise more than $5,000 are given the opportunity to participate in Make-A-Wish Michigan’s Adopt-A-Wish program and have one child’s wish dedicated to their efforts.

The Zetterberg Foundation Suite will host four wish kids, including Joseph, and their families on Thursday. They will be treated to free food and beverages along with goody bags, courtesy of captain Henrik Zetterberg and his wife, Emma. The Zetterberg Foundation Suite hosts patients and their families from local children’s charities at each home game during the regular season. To date, the suite has hosted more than 1,370 guests since the 2011-12 season.

The Red Wings were named one of five recipients of the national Chris Greicius Celebrity Award by Make-A-Wish® America during the 2011-12 season, joining Justin Bieber, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss). Make-A-Wish America honors celebrities and industry figures annually with its Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. The honorees are selected for their exceptional dedication to the mission of Make-A-Wish by helping grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar


I can only see two reasons for Z meeting with the media at this point.

One, he’s going to say his recovery is moving faster than expected and he’ll be back in the lineup before the end of the regular season.

Or, two, he’s going to announce that he’s been told by the doctors that he should not play again this year.

Given the way things have gone for the Wings this year, anyone want to guess which of those two it’ll be? Or is there a third scenario?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/25/14 at 06:13 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

  I hope it’s good news..I think we deserve some?!


Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/25/14 at 06:27 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I will give you reason #3: He may tell the media that his recovery is going as expected and that he hopes to return for the playoffs, and that’s that. I don’t expect to hear anything earth-shattering. It’s just time to give an update.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/25/14 at 06:30 PM ET


I’m terrified that he’s been told he can never play again, but I guess that would be a much more formal press conference.

*shutting whore mouth*

Posted by steviey11 on 03/25/14 at 06:52 PM ET


I’m terrified that he’s been told he can never play again, but I guess that would be a much more formal press conference.

*shutting whore mouth*

Imma stab you

Posted by neffernin on 03/25/14 at 06:55 PM ET

Crater's avatar

3,000 dollars for helmets?! Jebus.  I was interested till i clicked through and saw that huge price tag.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/25/14 at 07:21 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I don’t expect to hear anything earth-shattering. It’s just time to give an update.

Posted by George Malik

Well, I hope you’re right, George. But when was the last time a player who was injured had a formalized “press availability” event in order to tell the media that everything was going as expected. It just doesn’t make sense.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/25/14 at 11:28 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s the way the Red Wings work. If you are not in the locker room, you are literally deterred from speaking to people. And Zetterberg hasn’t been around. I’m guessing that this is one of the PR department’s, “THIS IS THE ONLY TIME YOU CAN SPEAK TO HIM” spiel.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/25/14 at 11:32 PM ET

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