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A Moving Tribute To Budd Lynch

from Micheline Maynard of the New York Times,

Frank Joseph James Lynch died Tuesday at a nursing home in Dearborn, Mich., at 95, having spent a remarkable 63 years connected with the Red Wings.

When I heard the news, I immediately teared up because his death took another piece of my childhood with him, and took away a voice that was part of Detroit sports history. I have no memories of the Red Wings that don’t include Lynch.

Perhaps because baseball is more popular, Harwell was more widely known. But in Detroit, which calls itself Hockeytown, Lynch was just as treasured. I first became aware of him because of my father, who grew up in Massachusetts and was a rabid hockey fan, regularly planting himself in front of our basement television to watch games. My mother, although a baseball fan, did not have much interest in hockey, and my brother did not follow sports.

I figured out that if I wanted quality time with my father, watching hockey was a way to get it. So I sneaked downstairs, first watching quietly, then asking questions: “What is icing?” “Why was that a penalty?” “Is he really hurt?” My patient father eventually told me, “Just pay attention to the announcer.”

The announcer was Budd Lynch.

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from Lauren Abdel-Razzag,

More than 300 family members, friends and fans attended, including retired Red Wing great Gordie Howe and team owner Marian Ilitch.

"Budd went into a career that put him in the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. But most of all, he was a hall of famer to his family, a hall of famer to his friends," said Deacon Bill Jamieson, who said he has been friends with Lynch for more than 30 years. "It's a legacy to be imitated."

Lynch's casket was wheeled into the church accompanied by a bagpiper. On a table close by sat a framed photo of a smiling Lynch, a glass microphone statue and a bobble head doll of his likeness.

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Take On The Grind Line

Detroit, MI... Some of the most popular players in the recent history of the Detroit Red Wings will be giving local hockey enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the coming weeks. The formidable foursome of Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Joe Kocur has reunited to present the ‘Grind Line 4-on-4 Fantasy Challenge’ at Joe Louis Arena.

Beginning today and lasting until availability is exhausted, teams comprised of nine (9) skaters and one (1) goaltender can purchase a special package providing participants with the chance to take on a squad featuring all four Grind Line members as well as several special guests from the Red Wings Alumni Association. All players competing must be at least 21 years of age. A total of six (6) matches will be held at JLA on the dates below (game times TBD): 

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And so the war truly begins

From the land of sniffles and boogers: The NHL's owners' lockout begins cutting into regular-season games today, and I'm still baffled by the whole concept.

It hurts "average folks" the most--the people who depend on 41 game nights' worth of income as arena workers, the people who work in concessions, security, as ushers, ticket-takers, memorabilia-sellers, in broadcasting games and in teams' front offices, and it's obviously devastating to the local bars, restaurants, parking garages and merchandise shops that make their living from hockey...

And in engaging in its third lockout over Gary Bettman's tenure and the second in eight years, the NHL may be counting on the "average fan" to return and spend money at games, but I don't think they have any idea as to how much they're damaging their relationship with the backbone of their sport--die-hard fans who live and breathe hockey, and are generally willing to back up their passion for a sporting pastime that becomes so much more than a hobby (see: a passion, an identity-defining way of life, a community that helps us feel like we're part of something bigger than ourselves, and can get by together) that the die-hards are willing to pay, and pay handsomely, to support their passion.

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Funeral Arrangements For Budd Lynch

via a Detroit Red Wings press release,

Visitation:
Friends may call on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A Rosary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.
Location
R. J. Nixon Funeral Home
2544 Biddle Avenue
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192
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Services:
A Mass celebrating his life will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Parish with an Instate from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
344 Elm
Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers:
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to The Guidance Center's "Budd Lynch Endowment Fund for Children" through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Checks should be made payable to "CFSEM" with "Budd Lynch" noted on the memo line.  Donation envelopes will be available at R.J. Nixon Funeral Home.  Donations can be mailed to The Guidance Center, Attn. Development Dept., 13101 Allen Road, Southgate, MI 48195.

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Budd Lynch Tribute Video

I am old enough to remember Budd Lynch do play-by-play for the Wings and like I did with Ernie Harwell, there were numerous nights I fell asleep with Budd under my pillow.

In those days, only a handful of games were on TV and some games were joined in progress, meaning we were lucky enough to catch about 35 minutes of actual game play.

Budd Lynch had a way of making the greats of our game even greater.  I probably learned more about the game by listening to him than any other source at the time.

 

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Ian White The Key To Detroit’s Defense

from Daniel Wagner of The Score,

While most of the focus when talking about the Red Wings defence has revolved around Niklas Kronwall and whether he’ll be able to fill even a portion of Lidstrom’s shoes, I want to take a different tack. I think the focus on Kronwall is misguided and that the key to how the Red Wings will handle Lidstrom’s absence is actually Ian White.

Yes, I’m going to damn well talk about Ian White, because screw the lockout.

White was signed as a free agent last off-season to replace the retiring Brian Rafalski, stepping into Rafalski’s vacated role as Lidstrom’s sidekick, a position briefly held by Brad Stuart. Stuart is another Wings’ defenceman who has left the fold, signing with the San Jose Sharks. That means that only one-quarter of the Wings’ top-four from two years ago remains with the team: Kronwall.

Kyle Quincey and Carlo Colaiacovo are decent second-pairing options and Jonathan Ericsson can also fill that role. Also, the Red Wings hope that Brendan Smith can build on a 14-game stint in the NHL last season and become a number one defenceman, but he is still a long ways off. Kronwall is the Wings’ best all-around defenceman: he plays in every situation, is capable of scoring and setting up goals, and hits harder than anyone else in the league. He has yet to prove, however that he can be that number one guy.

That leaves Ian White. How well he plays will determine how successful the Red Wings’ defence corps will be next season.

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Remembering Budd Lynch

Adrain Dater,

Mr. Lynch wasn’t just a great PA announcer, with his big, booming voice and old-school vibe. He was a genuine war hero, fighting for our freedom on the shores of Normandy on D-Day – June 6, 1944.

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It Appears The Winter Classic Is In Wait And See Mode

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In what seems to be a dire sign for the Winter Classic, the NHL Operations Department does not have plans to visit Ann Arbor this month.

Officials from league headquarters went to Michigan Stadium in September to do logistics scouting, part of the massive preparation to hold the scheduled outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1. But with the NHL already having canceled two weeks of the regular season -- and with no progress made on tangible issues between the NHL and the NHL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement -- no follow-up trips are on the horizon, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press today.

Were the 2012-13 schedule under way as normal -- were the Winter Classic not at risk -- operations people would have had a great opportunity to see Ann Arbor at its busiest this month. This Saturday is homecoming, and Michigan State visits the Big House on Oct. 20.

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Blogger week-to-week with upper-body boogers

Hello and sorry for not posting this sooner: Paul's going to be handling the Wings news for a bit as I've been absent thanks to the Virus of Doom. I've been ill for two weeks now and am still in quite a bit of pain as the super-bug takes its second tour of ye olde body. There's not much I can do other than rest--and the same is true for the mom and aunt, who also got the bug twice--until I can sit up and type. I miss doing my job and I miss talking with all of you, as grim as things seem...

And yes, given that Henrik Zetterberg is on the NHLPA's negotiating committee, given that he had promised to be one of the last players to head to Europe, and given that he's been advised to find employment with EV Zug, things look particularly grim.

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Red Wings overnight report: on Devellano’s comments, Ericsson’s options, the Griffins and…things.

The Red Wings' locked-out players will take part in their first informal practice in Troy today, and many of you will be skating in their place at Joe Louis Arena over the next three days, which seems strange...But this lockout has been nothing if not full of "weirdness."

Just as it feels like we've been at this for much longer than eight days, for me, it feels like much longer than four since Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano made those incendiary comments to the Island News's Scott Harrigan, and all that followed hit the fan...

And as you might expect, we're still talking about Devellano's comments this morning. The Globe and Mail's David Shoalts believes that Devellano's comments essentially boiled down to "taking one for the team" by deflecting some pressure away from Gary Bettman...

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