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From as clincial a perspective as I can muster, this is...Expected. Gordie Howe's battle with dementia is partially due to a set of "mini strokes" suffered while caring for an ailing Colleen, and at some point, "mini strokes" are going to yield a larger cardiopulmonary event. So the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and Chris McCosky's news that Gordie Howe has suffered a serious stroke is not surprising.
He's also Gordie Howe, an absolute living Clydesdale of a man who's made it through so much, and Red Wings fans will tell you that he, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman are the best hockey players to ever have played the game--but Gordie could do it all. He's someone that, until recently, we were not suprised to see in the stands at hockey games, patiently signing pictures he'd brought to the game to sign until the demand became too great, and he'd have to scoot to a suite so that the people in his section could watch the game (if he wasn't on the concourse signing books).
Only one Red Wings prospect has yet to play this evening. Joe Hicketts and the Victoria Royals will battle the Brandon Wheat Kings at 10:05 PM EDT, so:
In terms of the balance of today's game action, in Europe:
Tomas Holmstrom made an appearance at the Red Wings' practice today, but if you missed that little bit of news, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted that Holmstrom is in fact keeping himself quite busy after moving back to Pitea, Sweden this past summer...
Enjoying his retirement, the 41-year-old Holmstrom remains close to the sport, helping coach his two sons’ youth teams while also lending his knowledge to Sweden’s national development program.
“I’m on the ice pretty much every day, coaching the boys and then doing some national team assignments, U15, U16 and helping out the elite team in Lulea. So I keep myself busy,” Holmstrom said. “It’s fun to work with driven kids who want to make it and take the next step. They want it, so it’s fun.”
He offered oodles of praise for the Wings' current lineup after explaining why he was in town, as Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji noted (she also posted a non-embeddable video interview with Holmstrom)...
Oh boy. This is scary news from the Detroit News's Chris McCosky and Gregg Krupa:
Hockey legend Gordie Howe, 86, suffered a serious stroke Sunday in Texas, has lost some function on one side of his body and has difficulty speaking.
The all-time Red Wings great, whom millions across North America call "Mr. Hockey," is resting at his daughter's home in Lubbock, according to his son, Dr. Murray Howe.
"Basically, sometime in the early morning on Sunday he suffered a pretty bad stroke," said Howe, who heads the department of radiology at Toledo Hospital. "The right side of his body is very, very weak. He's unable to stand without help. He's able to speak, but very, very difficult to speak. He knows who he is. He knows the people around him. But it is very difficult for him to get up and walk around. So he is pretty much confined to his bed right now. So we're just trying to keep him comfortable, and that's our goal."
Update: From WDIV:
Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe suffered a serious stroke on Sunday, Local 4 has confirmed with his family.
Howe, 86, suffered the stroke on Sunday in Texas. He is resting at a hospital. His three sons -- Mark, Marty and Murray -- all are down in Texas with him.
Update #2: From Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji:
Update/FYI from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
This makes good sense:
This also allows the Wings to kick the can down the line regarding who ends up getting nixed from the roster when Johan Franzen eventually returns to the lineup (based upon today's reports, he's at least a week out from returning from his groin injury), so Andrej Nestrasil (would require waivers), Daniel Cleary (ditto) and Weiss get a reprieve here. Mostly this is a sound idea given that Weiss needs to get his legs under him.
Quick update: The Wings filed a press release regarding the move:
Updated 16x at 4:08 PM: The Red Wings will take to the ice shortly at Joe Louis Arena ahead of tomorrow's "Rivalry Night" game against the Washington Capitals (7:30 PM EDT on NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Capitals are playing up the...Erm...Former Whaler quotent?
Tom Wilson back on the ice at Kettler, ready to roll for #CapsWings. http://instagram.com/p/us0fE6SGh1/
The Capitals hit the ice at 10:30 AM, so if you're interested in their lines, the Washington Post's Alex Prewitt posted them...
I'm still getting up to speed, so you'll have to pardon a little catchy-uppy stuff this morning. First and foremost:
The Plymouth Whalers are hosting the Kingston Frontenacs (and Sam Bennett) on Saturday, November 1st in their annual "Pink Out!" game, and the Whalers do an astonishing amount of work for breast cancer charities (of course the Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute is dedicated to Mr. Karmanos' first spouse), and this week's activities involve open practices, working as waiters at Compuware Arena's in-rink restaurant and the players even got their hair dyed pink on Monday.
So it's very hard to suggest that you shouldn't spend a Saturday that doesn't include a Wings game heading to Plymouth:
Okay. A little insomnia equals it's time for the prospect catchy-uppy post.
If you missed it (and I did), aside from Monday evening's notes about the Subway Super Series, Under-20 Four Nations Cup and Karjala Cup...
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins only played one game this past week, on Friday, and it didn't go well. The Griffins rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits but couldn't hang on as the Lake Erie Monsters defeated Grand Rapids 5-4. The Griffins' website posted a recap...
Evening news: prospect news; Red Wings alums in halls of fame; on DeKeyser, Abdelkader & the Slovaks
The vast majority of today's off-day news involved the Red Wings' power play (and of course Wednesday's exciting "Rivalry Night" game between the Wings and Capitals), so let's switch it up via some prospect news:
A couple days ago, the OHL announced that Tyler Bertuzzi (1 game) and Zach Nastasiuk (both games) will take part in the OHL's pair of Super Series games against Russian junior players; Joe Hicketts will represent the WHL, and the WIngs have no QMJHL-playing prospects at present, so 3 total Wings prospects will play in the Super Series.
In Europe, DRW Prospects on Twitter has good news regarding Axel Holmstrom, Christoffer Ehn and Julius Vahatalo, who will all take part in the Under-20 Four Nations Cup in the Czech Republic...
The Red Wings didn't practice on Monday (after skating the Sunday morning after their 4-2 loss to Philadelphia), and the Capitals didn't skate today (per CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley) after losing 4-2 to Vancouver, in Vancouver, on Sunday, but both teams will take to the ice tomorrow to prepare for what NBCSN calls, "The Night You Love to Hate" (which is quite amusing). Per an NBC Sports press release:
ALEX OVECHKIN AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST JIMMY HOWARD AND DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
Capitals Host Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live
(Because the Capitals will never forgive Detroit for 1998. Obviously)
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 27, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage features three matchups this week on NBCSN, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown between Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage on Wednesday begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live.
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