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Red Wings overnight report: two opportunities for fan participation and entering uncharted territory
by George Malik on 08/20/12 at 07:01 AM ET
On one of what should theoretically be the last “slow” Monday of August, the Red Wings are offering fans two ways to participate in showing their passionate support for their team. The first has already been mentioned…
The commercial on Tuesday, 3PM is at The Joe for— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 18, 2012
@puremichigan. Come show everyone how great Hockeytown is- Wear your DRW sweater!
And the second, per the team’s Facebook page, is intriguing:
Dont’t forget, you can now live at The Joe!
The Red Wings and Amway US are putting together a mosaic on a wall at JLA featuring your fan photos.
Just follow the link below, submit your picture, and come find yourself at a game next season!
I say “intriguing” because it’s both an interesting idea and it’s an idea which may or may not result in a piece of artwork that fans can see in person, depending on what goes on in terms of CBA negotiations over the next couple of weeks.
• I can tell you that many of the Red Wings’ junior-aged prospects will be doing what Metro Halifax’s Matthew Wuest says Martin Frk and the Halfiax Mooseheads will begin today and tomorrow—engaging in training camp as they prepare to play hockey beginning in mid-to-late September;
• The “European Trophy” tournament is sprinkling itself into the various preseason tournaments European teams are taking part of as part of their month-long slate of exhibition games, and Teemu Pulkkinen was held off the scoresheet as Jokerit Helsinki defeated ERC Ingoldstat 2-1;
• If you’re interested, former Wing Fabian Brunnstrom told Hockeysverige.se’s Uffe Bodin that he signed a 3-year contract with the Frolunda Indians to “truly establish” himself as a pro hockey player (and he still hopes to make the NHL at some point);
• And DetroitRedWings.com’s Andrea Nelson penned an article discussing former Red Wing, Maple Leaf and New York Islanders coach Al Arbour’s ties to the Wings as part of the Wings’ “Dual Citizenship” series…
But I can’t make any promises regarding content this week or in the upcoming weeks. At this time of year, we usually begin to hear about the Red Wings’ players, AHL-playing prospects, coaching staff and management filtering back into the Metro Detroit area, and informal practices begin to take place at Joe Louis Arena or elsewhere (usually Troy, where Kris Draper’s hockey camp is taking place between today and Thursday, and Plymouth on occasion) as the players begin to ready themselves for training camp and the exhibition season.
What that little weasel named Gary has to say this week will go a long way toward determining whether the Wings’ players will be skating at the Joe by the end of next week or whether they’re going to stay off the ice for a while, however, and it’s still unclear whether the NHL season will start on time.
As such, the Wings’ players who don’t have kids may head right back to their summer homes or back overseas, or they might stay here. Nobody seems to know what the players’ plans are in the event of a lockout, and that’s going to determine whether this remains a Red Wings blog or whether I’ll start covering the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye a little more closely a month from now.
Again, I feel a little too uncertain about the CBA outlook to start a fundraising page, but that’s got to start soon as I’ll need a hand to head up to training camp and to cover whatever hockey there is if there isn’t NHL hockey, but I definitely need to hear your “it’s okay to start” to do just that.
Otherwise, there will be a few more mercifully quiet days like today and tomorrow for people like Paul and I to keep resting up for what we hope is a long season, but it’s just as likely that we’ll be resting up in between CBA negotiating sessions.
I don’t mean to bum you out or preach gloom and doom, but we have no real idea what’s going to happen, and it’s a coin flip, at best, whether we have hockey come October, and I need to let you know that as hard as I’m trying to find more content than what I’ve offered you this morning (and believe me, it’s not for a lack of looking at the usual 30-40 English-language websites and 40 Russian, Swedish, Czech, Slovak and Finnish ones), I can’t make any promises in terms of anything but effort and attention to detail going forward.
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