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Walleye’s Shane Berschbach gets his Jeep back

According to the Toledo Blade, Toledo Walleye forward Shane Berschbach 2005 Jeep Cherokee was stolen during the Fan Thank You event in downtown Toledo, but there's good news on the vehicle search front:

Toledo police helped recover the stolen equipment and vehicle of a Toledo Walleye player.

Officers received a tip at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday about a bag full of hockey equipment in a trash bin and several men in the 2800 block of Wayman Palmer Drive in West Toledo.

Responding officers found items there owned by hockey player Shane Berschbach, 26.

Mr. Berschbach told police he left his Jeep Grand Cherokee and hockey sticks on Monday evening in the unit block of North Huron Street. Officers later located the occupied vehicle near Collingwood Boulevard and Boston Place.

An investigation continues into the theft, police said.

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Season Ticket Plans For Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons today announced that full season tickets are available for the Inaugural Season at Little Caesars Arena. Fans can secure great seats to be a part of all the action in the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena and cheer on the Red Wings as they begin their journey toward a 12th Stanley Cup® Championship or the Pistons as they chase their fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA Champions – all while enjoying the exclusive benefits of being a full season ticket holder.

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Prospect news: Sambrook’s Otters lose to Windsor, will play in Memorial Cup semifinal Friday

Of prospect-related note:

At the Memorial Cup, Jordan Sambrook finished even with no shots as his Erie Otters lost 4-2 to the host Windsor Spitfires. Windsor now advances directly to the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday, while Erie will battle the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday for the opportunity to face Windsor for the--you guessed it--Memorial Cup on Sunday.

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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins win 4-2 over San Jose, take 2-1 lead in AHL WCF

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL: The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Jose Barracuda 4-2 in Game 3 of the AHL's Western Conference Final, taking a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Grand Rapids rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits via 3rd period goals from Matt Lorito and Mitch Callahan, whose goal at 16:20 of the 3rd was the game winner. Tomas Nosek scored an empty-netter and Nathan Paetsch was credited with the Griffins' first goal. Jared Coreau stopped 31 of 33 shots for Grand Rapids.

Games 4 and 5 of the series will take place on Friday and Saturday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Much more to come.

Update #1: Here's the AHL's recap:

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Toledo Walleye post videos saying, ‘Thank You’ to fans, highlighting 2016-17 season

The Toledo Walleye posted three videos as part of their fan "Thank You," thanking fans first and foremost...

Offering player "Thank-Yous"...

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‘Two Things,’ Wings version: A heads-up regarding a TV special and Nyquist and Abdelkader go golfing

Of brief Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Per WDIV Local 4:

From Little Caesars Arena, join Bernie Smilovitz as he talks to some of the biggest names in Detroit sports, with special guests Mickey Redmond and Lomas Brown.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly talk about raising new twin girls and Lions football life.

Bernie also talks to Red Wings star Justin Abdelkader and his fiance' Julie; Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy and his wife Kim; and Tigers catcher James McCann and his wife Jessica.

"Detroit: All In" airs tonight at 8PM on Local 4.

2. MLive's Ryan Zuke reports that Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist took part in a LPGA pro-am in Ann Arbor today:

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‘Two Things,’ Griffins version: a Game-Day Preview and a Griffins-Sharks series primer

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note ahead of tonight's Game 3 between Grand Rapids and the San Jose Barracuda (7 PM EDT at Van Andel Arena; on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live):

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a Game-Day Preview video in which Bob Kaser sets up tonight's game:

2. NHL.com's Patrick Williams wrote an article which contains "series primers" for the AHL's Western and Eastern Conference Finals:

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A fluffy little story about a cat at the Joe

This is quite the unique story from WDET's Sandra Svoboda:

A stray kitten scored a new home after Joe Louis Arena workers caught it on the ice. ”Josie” is likely the last visitor to play in the Detroit stadium.

She’s going to live with a Red Wings team staff member.

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda talked with Art Regner, editorial assistant for DetroitRedWings.com about the cat. Click on the audio link above to hear their whole conversation.

Click away...

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St. James’ mailbag feature: on DeKeyser, goal-scoring and Frk

The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a mailbag feature today, and here are some of her answers to reader questions:

Regarding Danny DeKeyser, and Jonathan Ericsson's trade value...

HSJ: DeKeyser was solid for USA at the World Championship, surrounded by a more talented defense corps than he is in Detroit. DeKeyser is two seasons removed from a career year in 2014-15, when he put up 31 points in 80 games and was a plus-11. He was among the many Wings who underperformed this past season, with a paltry 12 points, and a minus-22 in 82 games. In fairness to DeKeyser, the decline of Niklas Kronwall has forced DeKeyser into a top-pairing role when he really should be slotted as a no. 3. If the Wings can turn some of their plethora of wingers into an upgrade on defense, I think DeKeyser will thrive as a second-pairing guy. He’s only 27, just coming into his prime. As for Jonathan Ericsson, I don’t see a trade there, and I’d expose him in the expansion draft to protect Nick Jensen.

Determining which player will lead the Red Wings in goals during the 2017-18 season:

HSJ: Tomas Tatar surged from nine goals at season’s midpoint in January to lead the Wings with 25 goals. I doubt he’ll repeat as off-season shoulder surgery leaves him iffy for the start of next season – and then that’s a tough injury for a goal scorer to bounce back from right away even when he does start playing. I’ll go with Anthony Mantha. The message seems to be sinking in with him that he has to exert himself every game to stand out in the NHL. If Mantha plays to his size, skates and goes to the net (especially on power plays), he should light it up.

St. James continues, discussing Martin Frk's chances of making the team...

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Red Wings sign Czech defenseman Libor Sulak to entry-level deal

Updated 5x at 2:22 PM: From the Red Wings:

According to Elite Prospects, Sulak is a 6'2," 190-pound defenseman who played for Orli Znojmo this past season, posting 10 goals, 18 assists and 28 points in 54 games played. He's 23 years old, and is supposed to play for the Lahti Pelicans in 2017-18.

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