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Updated 7x at 3:56 PM: Valtteri Filppula registered 3 assists for Finland and Pavel Datsyuk had a strong but scoreless game for Russia: Team USA displayed less than dominant form for the vast majority of their 5-3 victory over Belarus, but the Red Wings’ American representatives at the World Championships played very, very well for the U.S.
Like remarkably, awesomely “well,” with Justin Abdelakder and Jimmy Howard starring in a 5-2 win against a Belarussian team which rallied from a 2-0 deficit and absolutely dominated play against the U.S. rope-a-dope in the 1st and 2nd periods, where Howard more or less held the Americans in the game until they finally found their footing in the 3rd.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun spoke to Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the same subject that the Free Press’s Helene St. James broached in asking about a timeline for Nicklas Lidstrom’s decision as to whether he’ll continue playing, and LeBrun also asked Holland about Brad Stuart’s future in his “rumblings” column:
“I don’t really need to know until the middle of June,’’ Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Thursday.
“I saw him on the weekend,” added Holland. “But we didn’t really touch on it. I’m letting him go through whatever process he needs to go through to make a decision.”
Updated with injury news of a different kind at 7:33 AM: The most difficult part of being a Red Wings blogger during the “summer” is that you never know when a particularly intriguing story will hit the interweb, and especially when your team has a dozen players committing semi-blasphemy in some fans’ eyes, and back over on this side of the Atlantic, Danny Cleary just had knee surgery, and we’re all sitting on our hands, waiting to hear what Nicklas Lidstrom plans on doing (and whether that might affect the Wings’ free agency strategy)...
And the Free Press’s Helene St. James delivers something of a middle-of-the-night bombshell in speaking to Wings GM Ken Holland about the aforementioned Lidstrom, scouting the Wings’ players, prospects and potential targets at the Worlds, and, oh yeah, the team’s whole free agency and potential trade strategy thing (what the Chief is calling, “The Summer of Ken,” 2012 version):
The Detroit Red Wings’ participants at the World Championships that played on Wednesday—Kyle Quincey, Tomas Tatar, Johan Franzen, Calle Jarnkrok, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg—all won their games, and that’s becoming particularly important as we reach the one-week mark.
The top four finishers in the Helsinki and Stockholm-based groups will advance to the quarterfinals a week from today, and with most teams having played either 3 or 4 of their 7 round-robin games, here’s how the standings shake down:
Red Wings alumnus Shawn Burr recently found a bone marrow donor match who will help him battle acute myeloid leukemia, and on Wednesday night, WDIV posted a profile of Burr while announcing that it’s partnering with the Shawn Burr Foundation to help add people to a national bone marrow registry today at five LaFontaine Automotive dealerships.
Here’s the cheek swab’s worth of important parts from Dr. Frank McGeorge’s report which chronicles Burr’s battle and his charitable foundation’s ongoing goal of raising awareness of the necessity of bone marrow donation:
Burr is lucky. He found a match and he will get the transplant soon. But he wasn’t about to stop. His generous nature would guide his mission as the honorary chair in collaboration between the Michigan Dental Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“What we’re gonna do is called, ‘Take a Bite Out of Cancer,’” he said.
The goal is to get people on the bone marrow registry through kits available in dental offices across the state of Michigan.
“You can actually do a swab, get put on the registry. There is absolutely no cost,” he said. “A swab is just a stick in the mouth, and for a hockey player to be involved with that, it makes sense, you know?” he joked.
I have issues with the IIHF. I don’t believe that it’s really an international ice hockey federation as much as it is an organization which represents and champions the best interests of Europe’s money-making hockey leagues and the World Championships and Olympics as they pertain to revenue-making for the Swiss-based organization.
The IIHF has a chairman in Rene “the Dentist” Fasel who can make Gary Bettman seem warm, down-to-earth and media-friendly, they have all but an antagonistic relationship with North American hockey, and they’re the kind of organization that has literally suggested that its rules for the Roman alphabet’s interpetation of Cyrillic phonetic characters, which change “Fedorov” to “Fyodorov,” “Kovalev” to “Kovalyov” and “Kulemin” to “Kuloymin” (as determined by the University of Zurich, of course), are so “correct” that the interpretations deemed most right in 2011 should be adopted by everyone from the KHL to the NHL on a retroactive basis.
Arrogant? Just a little bit, and as such, I can’t tell you that the IIHF’s latest foray into finger-wagging is as amusing as anything else they’ve done: today, the IIHF announced that their YouTube streams of World Championship games, which are only accessible in countries that do not have broadcast agreements for the Worlds, would be delayed by 30 minutes to “discourage” residents of Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, etc. and of course Canada and the U.S. from using fake IP’s to watch their broadcasts:
If you missed it in the overnight report, Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave the Free Press’s Helene St. James and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan some standard updates regarding Danny Cleary’s knee surgery, but MLive’s Brendan Savage provides us with a bit more detail as to how the damage in Cleary’s knee—in terms of arthritis and the kind of knee-on-knee grinding that cannot be easily repaired by arthroscopic surgery—will affect #11 going forward:
“There was some floating debris in there (the doctor) cleaned out and some torn cartilage he fixed,” Holland said. “We have to monitor him next season but he should be ready for camp. The doctor feels the surgery was a success.”
Holland said the doctor wants the Red Wings to keep a close watch on how Cleary prepares for training camp in order to ease the wear and tear on his left knee, which required pain-killing injections during the playoffs.
“Danny played with a lot of adversity and a lot of pain,” Holland said.
Red Wings prospect Tomas Tatar admitted that he’d never played hockey in a cave before coming to Helsinki to take part in the World Championships, where it turns out that Hartwall Arena’s practice facility out-does any other “man cave” in the world.
Per IIHF.com’s Andrew Podnieks:
“The Rock” can mean many things to many people. In Canada, it’s a friendly term for St. John’s, Newfoundland. For Hollywood, it refers to Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, the wrestler-cum-actor (or something). There’s the Rock of Gibraltar and there’s a solid defenceman (“he’s a rock back there”) and to any woman of material ambitions the most important part of marriage is getting a “nice rock” for her finger. There’s rock ‘n’ roll and rock-a-bye baby and various other uses of the word.
The practice arena in Helsinki is part of Hartwall Arena. Sort of. That is, it’s all part of the same building. Sort of. In other words, you can go from the main arena to the secondary one without having to go outside. Sort of.
Updated 5x at 5:12 PM: Quincey took a dumb penalty but Canada still defeated Switzerland 3-2, and Henrik Zetterberg had 2 assists and Johan Franzen scored a goal in Sweden’s 5-2 win over Germany: One member of the Detroit Red Wings has completed his Wednesday game at the World Championships, and there are two games left to go for Wings participants:
Tomas Tatar didn’t register any points in Sloakia’s 4-2 win over Kazakhstan, but he played 11:32, had 2 shots and continued to show both puckhandling skill and forechecking grit despite being boxed into a somewhat limited role. Former Wing Tomas Kopecky scored 2 goals for Slovakia as well.
Two games remain on the schedule: at 1:15 PM EDT, Kyle Quincey and Canada will face off against Switzerland, and at 2:15 PM, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Calle Jarnkrok—who Expressen’s Mattias Ek reports has made the list of ten finalists for the “Guldpucken” award, which is voted upon by Expressen readers, all face off against Germany at 2:15 PM.
Editorial note: Whoops, put this in the Wings blog instead of KK hockey. Sorry! From Toronto to Ann Arbor, Michigan, three OHL franchises have consistently vied for top prospects from Europe, Canadian midget hockey and the U.S. prospect pool which tends to either join the National Team Development program or head to NCAA schools.
The Windsor Spitfires, Plymouth Whalers and London Knights stand as three powerhouses, and regardless of Dale Hunter’s future with the Washington Capitals, the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran reports that the Knights, who are playing in the OHL’s championship series, are in good hands with Dale’s brother Mark pulling double duty as the team’s coach and GM in his brother’s absence:
“Hockey in this town is so huge, you can’t believe it,” says Barbara Costello, marketing director for White Oaks Mall, one of the Knights’ chief sponsors. “Folks here look at the Hunter brothers like they’ve given them the greatest gift in the world. The John Labatt Centre is full all the time, all the games. The energy it creates is amazing.”
With a season-ticket base of 7,000 and a walk-up price of $18 for a regular-season game ($32 for the final), there are more than a handful of NHL teams in the U.S. Sunbelt that would love to have the connection to their communities that the Hunters and the Knights enjoy with London. The team has nine main “sponsors” and 92 “corporate partners” listed on its website.
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