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Red Wings afternoon news: an ecclectic set of tidbits

Updated 4x at 4:51 PM: Amongst the Red Wings-related news “tidbits” of note this afternoon:

• Gary Roberts’ “Biosteel” training camp (emphasis on training camp) includes a star-studded list of participants who are pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits under the watchful eye of Roberts and trainer Matt Nichol, and the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle reports that both Wings prospects Brendan Smith and goaltender Thomas McCollum have forked over


a significant chunk of change to take part in the camp;

• If you wish to follow Tim Thomas’s day with the Stanley Cup,  ABC 12, the Flint Journal and NHL.com’s Dan Rosen are more or less providing “play by play” coverage, and I’m sure that MGoBlue.com and AnnArbor.com will cover Steve Kampfer’s day with the Cup tomorrow;

• Also in the promotional vein, the Oakland Press’s Monica Drake reports that one Karen Newman will perform at the Village of Clarkston’s Labor Day Parade, and if you missed it, the Wings released a preliminary list of players taking part in Hockeyfest at Joe Louis Arena on September 10th (George will be in Traverse City for the first day of the prospect tournament, but KK’s Doug Miller of Cluster Pucks fame will be at the Joe to provide a fan’s perspective);

• Alanah already posted this, but if you’re interested, Sportsnet’s Mike Brophy engaged in an intriguing sit-down interview with former Wing Brad May about the role of an NHL enforcer and their “coping mechanisms”;

• And again, as I’m a little over than two weeks out from heading to Traverse City for a 15-day stay to cover the Wings’ prospect tournament and main training camp, I’m pulling out the Paypal button. I’ve received quite a few $10-25 donations over the past three days, which are awesome as they’re the ones that usually pave the way, gallon of gas by gallon of gas. If you’re at all able to donate, I could use anything you can give me:

You’ll have to use my email address, rtxg at yahoo dot com, to donate, if you can/will/feel like it.

Thanks again to everybody who’s donated and who plans on donating. It’s…humbling.

Update: I’d suggest that you give RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau’s most recent appearance on the Vic McCarty show;

• And, via RedWingsFeed and the NHL Alumni Association:

Still a few spots left at our NHLA Celebrity Golf Classic in honor of Bob Probert. Email: dylanwade@nhlalumni.net for more details

Update #2: Per Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek:

Congratulations to friend and Rogers Sportsnet colleague Brad May, who was named assistant coach of the Mississauga St. Mike’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. If any of you have ever met Brad you know those kids are in for a treat but also a lot of hard work.

And I have a strong feeling May will really like working with Anaheim pick Devante Smith-Pelly and I’m sure the feeling will be mutual. Besides having a solid skill set, DSP is a physical player who likes to throw his weight around. Hello, Mayday. May will also help the young man with his transition to the Ducks franchise; he did, after all, win a Cup there in 2007 and knows the organization intimately.

Pretty cool…

Update #3: May also spoke to The Fan 590’s Roger Lajoie today…

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• Via RedWingsFeed, here’s the official application to attend the Livonia and Novi Chambers of Commerce’s luncheon with Mike Babcock on September 9th;

• And it should come as no surprise that Puck Daddy continues to interview Wings-hating bloggers, nor that the Pensblog’s authors believe that Gordie Howe was the beneficiary of “weak” competition in the Original Six.

Update #4: No comment;

• And, per the Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center:

Well known local singer Karen Newman will be the guest speaker at the free 10th Annual Diabetes Expo sponsored by Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center (MCRMC).

The Expo is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. with the speaker from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in the Medical Education Auditorium on the hospital’s lower level.

Newman, who is “the voice” of the Detroit Red Wings, frequently performs the national anthem before the team’s home games. She also serves as a spokesperson for the Diabetes Care Educational Association (DCEA). Newman will talk about her background and how she became involved with the Red Wings and DCEA.

In addition, Kaitlyn Amey, Diabetes Care’s Super Kid, will appear with Newman. The 13-year old Port Huron resident was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at age 5. She will talk about her experience with juvenile diabetes. There will also be a question and answer segment.

The DCEA is a charity based in Michigan that is committed to helping people of all ages control diabetes through education. The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association is among the organization’s biggest supporters.

In addition to the speaker, the Expo will feature vendor exhibits with the latest information on new products and medications for diabetics. The Expo will also feature a drawing for a pair of hockey tickets courtesy of Newman and the Detroit Red Wings.

After speaking, Newman will draw the winner of the Red Wings tickets. She will also be available to autograph her book or CD, which will be on sale at the Expo.

Reservations are needed for the speaker only. The reservation deadline is Monday, October 3, 2011. To make reservations, please call toll free (877) 627-6248.

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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Slightly OT….

RWBill, we support you in your time of need…


Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 08/24/11 at 06:02 PM ET

Doug Miller's avatar

George, did you just refer to yourself in the third person? While also stealing my thunder of making said announcement about me covering HF this year?

I kid, it’s all good in my book, as it’s really your news to break as opposed to mine.

Since you’ve let the cat out of the bag now, I guess I can start talking about it on my blog tomorrow.

Also, thanks for the links on the Thomas stuff, as I was in the middle of a mid-day nap in a futile attempt to get my sleeping schedule back to normal.

Great post, as always. As I will continue my personal campaign to get you that other thingy which you so deserve…


Click, bookmark, and vote people! Make it a daily ritual as I have done. wink

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/24/11 at 11:46 PM ET

EDJ's avatar

George said himself that he would rather someone else win the best blogger thing.

Besides that http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=41sJDxpD5oQ#!
I know Smith is at the camp but is Smitty in Smitty vs. Cammy our own Brendan Smith? I don’t see anyone else at the camp that has a name that could be Smitty, but I’m not sure, and he handles Cammaleri pretty well. It’s at 1:42.

Posted by EDJ on 08/25/11 at 12:30 AM ET

Doug Miller's avatar

George said himself that he would rather someone else win the best blogger thing. - Posted by EDJ

That’s because he is a humble person, as am I.

However, as a colleague and a fan of his work, I think he deserves it.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/25/11 at 02:38 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

That’s Brendan, yep.

And it’s not that I don’t care about the fact that I was nominated, it’s that it’s not going to make my day or something, and I know that other bloggers are campaigning rather hard for themselves, so if it’s more important to them, they may as well get your votes.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/25/11 at 03:08 AM ET

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