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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.
Red Wings overnight report: Worlds updates, on Danny Cleary’s knee surgery and Kronwall the forward?
Updated with a surprising vote of confidence for Jonathan Ericsson at 9:01 AM: Wednesday will be a busy day for the Red Wings’ players participating in the World Championships, with three of the four scheduled games involving Wings participants. Per the schedule post and MLive’s Brendan Savage, with times adjusted:
9:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan; [1:15 PM Canada vs. Switzerland]; 2:15 p.m – Sweden vs. Germany
So Tomas Tatar and the Slovaks will face Kazakhstan, Kyle Quincey will suit up for Canada, and in the biggest game of the day, Johan Franzen, Calle Jarnkrok, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg will face off against Germany…
Updated 2x with Datsyuk video at 5:08 PM:On an afternoon when Red Wings fans and media members alike are wondering aloud whether Ryan Suter might be swayed to join the Wings thanks to the Nashville Predators’ fiscal and personnel uncertainties, on an afternoon when Shawn Burr has found a bone marrow match...
And on an afternoon where I completely bumbled an article from Expressen, in which Tomas Holmstrom’s pal and fellow Pitea native Mattias Ohlund said that he’s got a long road back from knee surgery, not that he’s retiring (FTR: Jonathan Ericsson’s SI injury will heal with time, and it won’t bother him down the line, but might persuade him to wear back protection)...
Two Red Wings players are taking part in the World Championships, and there’s good news regarding one of ‘em.
Awesome news from the London Free Press’s Morris DallaCosta:
Shawn Burr finally got some good news in his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
They have found a match for a bone marrow transplant, a transplant the former NHLer and Sarnia native will be having May 23.
“He’s not feeling the best right now,” said David Goetze who runs the Shawn Burr Foundation dedicated to raising money for research into blood disorders. “But he’s in remission so he’s a good candidate for transplant. Through the bone marrow registry there was a woman that was found to be a matching candidate found in Toronto.”
Updated 3x with Ansar Khan’s take at 3:25 PM: The Free Press’s Helene St. James, who will take part in a live chat with readers at 11 AM EDT today, added some napalm to the controversy (among fans, anyway) regarding Johan Franzen’s rough playoff run as compared to his strong showing with Sweden at the World Championships overnight.
This morning, she wonders aloud whether the Red Wings might take advantage of the Nashville Predators’ second-round ouster to help “sell” Ryan Suter on joining Nashville’s slain archrival despite having bested a team which has a more stable roster going forward, while also possessing what might be a more consistent and financially viable commitment to win, and spend to the cap in order to do so, on a yearly basis:
When one attempts to roughly translate foreign-language articles, a combination of experience, some familiarity with the language you’re translating, the usage of multiple online translators and of course a dictionary, as well as the assumption that you’re never going to completely “get it right” because idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms and dialects will literally going to get “lost in translation.”
This morning, however, the Russian national team has launched into something of a tirade, accusing Sweden of treating their athletes remarkably poorly, especially in the nutritional department, and as allegations of being served frozen fish, being forced to eat spicy, salty food in a dining room with other teams present and no maid service at their hotel seem like they’re taken right out of the Cold War (although it should be noted that Hockey Canada’s World Junior Championship teams take chefs with them so that there are no complaints about the food that fuels their athletes), well…
Google translate gets the job done and then some. From Sportbox.ru’s Denis Gusev...
Updated 4x with a list of best “42-and-older” NHL’ers at 1:13 PM: As an addendum to The “early overnight report”: the closest thing to a team of Red Wings is running into the injury bug at the World Championships. Sweden, which employs a little under half of the Wings’ participants at the Worlds, lost Fredrik Petersson‘s services thanks to a broken wrist during the Swedes’ first game; Jonathan Ericsson left the game with what is now a bruised SI joint as well, and this morning, the Tre Kronor found out that Joel (brother of Henrik) Lundqvist will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured orbital bone.
And Ericsson? Aftonbladet’s Hans Abrahamsson and Erik Karlsson report that Ericsson did not practice today, and won’t return to action until next week:
After the better part of a week’s worth of doing double time to follow Red Wings news on both sides of the Atlantic, and thanks to my yearly spring battle with insomnia, I’m more than a little bit bleary-eyed, so I’ve penned an early overnight report. I hope you don’t mind too terribly.
May 8: 1:15 p.m. – Finland vs. Switzerland; [2:15] p.m. – Russia vs. Germany
So only Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) will be taking part in games today.
Here’s hoping that the team I cover, the Red Wings, are learning from the Philadelphia Flyers’ Winter Classic missteps regarding both the treatment of their alumni and the treatment of their fans and season ticket-holders, as noted by this Associated Press story:
Lawyers representing a group of Philadelphia Flyers season ticket-holders have sued the team’s owner over its policy for tickets to the outdoor Winter Classic. The owner calls the lawsuit frivolous.
Jenkintown, Pa.-based Stern & Eisenberg filed the suit against Comcast-Spectacor in New Jersey’s Mercer County Superior Court. The lawsuit says team owners breached the contract by forcing season ticket-holders to purchase tickets to the Jan. 2 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park separately and at a higher price.
The suit says fans who bought a 44-game season ticket package for 2011-2012 got only 43 tickets. The plaintiffs say those who bought season tickets were told they would have to purchase Winter Classic tickets separately.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that thousands of ticket holders could be affected. Comcast-Spectacor says in a statement that the claim is frivolous and that it will “vigorously defend” itself.
There was that and the whole, “If you want Winter Classic tickets, you have to buy tickets to the alumni game and the Phantoms-Bears outdoor AHL game” issue…
Updated 8x with Franzen gabba and a cool Nicklas Lidstrom picture at 7:15 PM: Team USA lost 4-2 to Slovakia; Sweden defeated Denmark 6-4: “Getting it wrong” stinks when you’re in the business of not doing so whenever possible, so it is with annoyance that I must state that while the U.S. and Slovakia started playing at 1:15 PM, as advertised, Stockholm time and Helsinki time are an hour apart, so the Swedes actually face off against Denmark at 2:15 PM EDT (minus Jonathan Ericsson; both games were listed as starting at 20:15, but that translates into 1:15 PM in Helsinki’s EET and 2:15 PM CET). I’m doing my best to try to get this stuff right, so I’m sorry about the error.
In terms of the in-progress U.S.-Slovakia game (airing on the NBC Sports Network), DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose is keeping track of its score and personnel as such news applies to Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader (both playing for the U.S.) and Tomas Tatar (Slovakia)—and as I’m writing this, Howard’s been left out to dry while facing 15 shots in the 1st period, with the 2nd period underway with Mike Babcock in attendance:
#RedWings G Jimmy Howard is in starting lineup for @USAHockey vs. SVK. Abdelkader on third line w/ #Bluejackets Atkinson & #Ducks Palmieri.
The turnover that led to Granak’s goal was made by #Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty. Now four-minutes gone and SVK leads #USAHockey, 1-0.
SVK goes up 2-0 when Branko Radivojevic beats #RedWings G Jimmy Howard with a wrister over the goalie’s glove.
It’s back to a one-goal game when 37-seconds later #Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk scores for #USAHockey. SVK leads 2-1 in 1st period.
SVK’s Sekera buries a rebound on #RedWings G Jimmy Howard to take a 3-1 lead over @USAHockey with 6.3 seconds left in first period.
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