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From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
CORKS, PUCKS AND BREWS SET FOR MARCH 8
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins and Easter Seals Michigan are teaming up for the fifth annual Corks, Pucks and Brews, a wine and beer tasting fundraiser to be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Goei Center.
Griffins players will serve over 100 varieties of wine and craft beer samples to guests at the event, highlighted by live music, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Items up for bid include a Chicago Cubs package consisting of four suite tickets, food and parking for an upcoming game; an autographed Dylan Larkin jersey; Red Wings tickets, Griffins packages, two tickets to the Elton John concert at Van Andel Arena on March 23; beauty packages; product baskets; wine and beer tours; gift cards and more.
"When our players are talking about an event weeks in advance, you know it must be something special, and this one sure is,” said Bob Kaser, Griffins vice president of community relations and broadcasting. "We take so much pride assisting, in a small way, an organization that for nearly 100 years has been doing great things for millions of children and adults in need."
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Jeff Blashill addressed the Wings' inactivity at the trade deadline in a video posted by WXYZ:
2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan weighed in regarding the possible fading of the rivalry between the Red Wings and Blackhawks:
Per ESPN's Scott Burnside, Justin Abdelkader's been named to Team USA's preliminary 16-man World Cup roster:
Tomas Tatar is also part of Team Europe.
See the Team North America (aka The Young Guns) roster below...
added 5:29pm, Press release is below too...
added 5:42pm, A look at the Team NA sweater below...
TSN's Kerry Fraser is up in arms after Niklas Kronwall left his feet while hitting Radek Faksa during Monday's Wings-Stars game:
A player is in violation of Rule 42 (charging) if he skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner. Kronwall is clearly guilty of charging on this play as defined by the rule. The Detroit defenceman was not assessed a penalty for his elevated strike on Faksa.
On Friday I wrote about the need to change the current culture of dangerous hitting practices, particularly when an opponent is vulnerable, to ultimately force players to make better decisions. I think Kronwall has had a run of good luck when it comes to avoiding significant contact to his opponents’ heads on the elevated hits he employs on a regular basis.
It was reported that the Red Wings were “shocked” after Kronwall was suspended by the Department of Player Safety for Game 7 of the Wings - Lightning playoff series last season after launching into a hit on Tampa forward Nikita Kucherov in Game 6. I have to think the shock value came mostly from the fact that Niklas was allowed to make those kinds of dangerous hits throughout his career without suspension - or often without even incurring a penalty on the ice.
I find these types of hits, no matter who delivers them, to be needless and potentially dangerous. At the very least, it’s a charging violation that should be penalized. Let’s take a look at how this play developed and moved from an apparent legal bodycheck to a charging violation.
Updated 2x at 2:34 PM:
The Red Wings and Blackhawks were very busy preparing for tonight's game between the two teams (8 PM start on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), but they took some time out of the post-morning skate activities to discuss the respect the players and teams have for each other, as noted by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff. According to Duff, Dylan Larkin is an unabashed Patrick Kane fan...
“I was a big Patrick Kane fan actually,” said Larkin, who grew up a Wings fan in Southfield, Mich. “I liked how he came through the (Michigan-based USA Hockey) NTDP and he went to the OHL. He was a great player and obviously has been a great player for Chicago and Team USA as well. So I was a Patrick Kane fan and anytime Chicago was in the Stanley Cup I was pulling for them, but never against Detroit.”
Chicago forward Kane, the NHL scoring leader, smiled when informed of his status in Larkin’s eyes.
“I didn’t know about that,” Kane said. “It’s obviously pretty exciting to hear. I guess that means I’m getting a little bit older now.”
As a fellow American, Kane is excited about the number of talented young U.S. players that are rapidly evolving into NHL stars.
“I think it’s amazing the way these American players are coming up and what they’re bringing to the game,” Kane said. “You look at guys like (Buffalo’s Jack) Eichel and Larkin, it’s pretty special the way they can skate and how they’re having an impact on the game at such a young age. It’s pretty amazing, too. USA Hockey is in good hands.”
And Kane stated that he grew up watching Pavel Datsyuk work his magic on the ice:
“I had a lot of different players that I watched, but, I was a huge fan of Datsyuk growing up,” Kane said. “Just the way he could handle the puck, some of the things he did on the ice and some of the things he would even try on the ice, it was just like something that you’d never seen before. They call him the Magic Man for a reason and he’s still to this day one of my favorite players to watch.”
Update: And here's a bit about the teams meeting tonight, from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:
From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Petr Mrazek regarding honor of being named to his team's roster:
Updated 10x at 2:41 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the teams' respective morning skates were relatively uneventful: Petr Mrazek will be starting for Detroit opposite Corey Crawford, and the Hawks won't have Dale Weise (immigration issues) or Marian Hossa (lower-body injury) in their lineup.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms and lists the Red Wings' lineup for this evening:
From the Red Wings:
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