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Red Wings entertain a very special visitor at Thursday’s practice

The Detroit Red Wings will be reminded of their departed friends in Philadelphia next Tuesday, when Mark Howe’s #2 is retired, because Brad McCrimmon’s family will also be in attendance and will be recognized by the Flyers, and today, the Wings’ press corps reports that the family of another one of the Wings’ friends in Stefan Liv’s wife and two young sons. Jonathan Ericsson spoke to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose about hosting the family for a few days and bringing Liv’s oldest son, Herman, down to the Joe on Thursday…

“Now we have some kids in the house it’s hard to play around with those guys,” said Ericsson, who suffered a fractured left wrist last Saturday. “Carrying them around I usually have one in each arm. Now I can’t really do much with either of them.”

Acting as a chaperone, Ericsson was in the Wings’ locker room Thursday introducing his teammates to five-year-old Herman Liv. His three-year-old brother Harry and their mom, Anna, did not attend Thursday’s practice.

“The kids are fine, they’re too young, I think, but for Anna her days are up and down, of course. So it’s nice for them to think of something else for once.”

Ericsson’s injury[—a broken wrist—]occurred as the Wings were killing off a Colorado power play at the start of the second period. Brad Stuart was attempting to clear the puck when Ericsson stepped into the path of the high-rising puck.

“It was kind of coming at my face and that’s the reason I brought up my arm,” said Ericsson, who was hit on the outside of the left wrist. “I’m hoping 4-5 weeks, that’s what they say. It could go faster it could go slower.”
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The fracture makes it difficult to grip a stick and the rotational movement of Ericsson’s forearm is adversely affected.

“They did another x-ray two days again,” he said. “There’s a break just on the tip on the (out) side almost all the way out there. There were a few cracks too around (the wrist).”

Ericsson will be able to skate as soon as he’s ready, which might mean that he’s on the ice tomorrow, but chaperoning the Liv children was Ericsson’s main priority on Thursday, as he told Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner...

Herman; his 3-year-old brother, Harry; and their mother have been in Detroit for about a month, staying with Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who says the Livs “are family.”

“It’s nice for them to get away, to get off the focus of home,” said Ericsson, who is recovering from a broken right wrist. “It’s been a lot for them, so it’s nice for them to think about something else for a while. The kids are fine. They’re too young, I think, but Anna has her up-and-down days.”

Ericsson became close to Stefan Liv when they were teammates in Grand Rapids. They stayed in contact and spent time together during the summer. Ericsson’s girlfriend and Anna Liv also have formed a tight bond.

“This one (Herman) looks exactly like his dad, and the other one (Harry) looks exactly like his mom—blond hair and blue eyes,” Ericsson said.

Another Wings player who knew Stefan Liv well is defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The two played on several national teams back in Sweden.

“The way the kids are reminds you nonstop of Stefan,” Kronwall said. “Two great kids, a beautiful wife, very down to earth, just great people.”

The Free Press’s Helene St. James...

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who is recovering from an injury, was trailed around at practice today by an adorable little visitor: Five-year-old Herman Liv. Herman is the oldest son of former Red Wings draft pick Stefan Liv, who perished last September in a plane crash in Russia. Herman, his 3-year-old brother, Harry, and their mom, Anna, have been staying with Ericsson the past month, coming over from their native Sweden.

“It’s nice for them to get away, to get off the focus at home,” Ericsson said. “It’s been a lot for them, throughout everything. So it’s nice to think about something else for a while.” The kids are fine. They’re too young, I think. But Anna has her up-and-down days, of course. So it’s nice to think about something else and do something else for a while.”

Ericsson described Herman, who has dark hair and eyes, as “looking exactly like his dad. The other one looks exactly like his mom - blond and blue eyes.”

Only Herman came down to Joe Louis Arena, as, Ericsson said, “his mom said there was a 5-year-old cut-off.”

Ericsson grew close with Stefan Liv while they were teammates in Grand Rapids, and the two used to see each other every summer. Niklas Kronwall knew Liv from the National Team. “He was always one of those guys that you hung out with, one of those guys you want to be around because he would always make you smile. It’s tough looking back, especially when you see them. You obviously think about him a lot. It’s fun to see the kids running around. They’re just like him. It’s great to see them, but very emotional. They seem to be doing OK.”

And Kronwall spoke to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness...

Kronwall played with Liv on some international teams.

“Reminds you non-stop of Stefan; two great kids, a beautiful wife, very down to earth and just great people,” Kronwall said. “You’re happy to see them and it’s fun to see the kids running around. They’re just like him.

“He was always one of those guys you hung out with, went to dinner with one of those guys you always wanted to be around because you were having a good time, Kronwall added. “He’d always make you smile. You’d always be in a good mood around him. It’s tough looking back, especially when you see (his kids).”

And MLive’s Ansar Khan (and NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman...You can only repeat the same quotes for so long before they become stale):

“Reminds you non-stop of Stefan; two great kids, a beautiful wife, very down to earth and just great people,’’ Kronwall said. “You’re happy to see them and it’s fun to see the kids running around. They’re just like him.”

Kronwall has fond memories of Liv, whom the Red Wings selected in the fourth round of the 2000 entry draft (102nd overall). He played only one season in North America, spending most of his career with Swedish club HV71 Jonkoping. This would have been Liv’s first season in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

“He was always one of those guys you hung out with, went to dinner with one of those guys you always wanted to be around because you were having a good time,’’ Kronwall said. “He’d always make you smile. You’d always be in a good mood around him.

“It’s tough looking back, especially when you see (his kids).’‘

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Excellent stuff, mate.

Posted by godblender on 03/01/12 at 07:52 PM ET

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Thanks, George.  A very nice story.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/01/12 at 10:24 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Well done by Jonathan Ericsson!  I bet that little Herman Liv got a TON of attention in that locker room!

Posted by w2j2 on 03/01/12 at 10:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Good man.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 03/02/12 at 01:52 PM ET

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