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Tomas Jurco engaged in one more interview with the Slovak media, this time speaking with Hokej.sk, and here's a very rough translation thereof:
This is a bit of a bummer, per Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:
USA Hockey announced today the five cities that are finalists in contention for hosting the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, but Detroit wasn’t one of them.
USA Today’s Kevin Allen (A Michigan native and resident) had reported in February that Detroit was one possible location for the prestigious international tournament, but per today’s announcement, Hockeytown is not in the running.
Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa are under final consideration by USA Hockey.
“We had interest of varying levels from more than a dozen entities,” said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey in a release. “In the end, we’re extremely pleased with the group of finalists. The time and effort each put into the materials that were submitted is impressive and we look forward to continued conversations with each of the finalists.”
I did the best that I could to translate Tomas Jurco's interview with his hometown paper yesterday, but it was an incredibly challenging piece, and very thankfully, TMR reader Martin Pohanic was willing to translate the article from Slovak to English.
Here's a far, far better translation of Jurco's interview with Kosice Dnes:
Chris from IceThetics posted these Tweets last night:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a Q and A with Anthony Mantha that's preceded by the following:
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill likes what he sees in Mantha, who has the tools to be a top-six forward in the NHL. He just needs to continue to work hard and overcome some of his inconsistencies.
“The biggest message that Anthony and I have talked about it just the idea that this is a journey,” said Blashill, who coached Manthan in Grand Rapids last season. “He’s run both sides of the gamut where a year ago the expectations were extremely high. There’s a lot of deserved media hype about him, hype within our own organization about him, and then he went through some things, he got injured twice at critical moments of the year. There where different times he had some struggles and it probably wasn’t as easy as he thought it was gonna be coming in. But this is not the end, it’s just part of the journey. Let’s keep coming. Let’s keep working. Let’s keep finding ways to improve and get better.”
Eventually, Mantha produced 15 goals and 33 points in 62 regular-season games with the Griffins. He also chipped in with two goals and two assists in 16 playoff games.
Mantha will return to Traverse City for the annual prospects tourney and Detroit’s main training camp with hopes of making the club’s 23-man roster. It won’t be easy, but this will be the time for the big winger to prove himself in front of the coaching staff.
“Inner drive and perseverance are the two biggest factors for individual success, in my opinion, and he’s going to have to persevere,” Blashill said. “He’s shown that at different times. He’s gonna have to go to work this summer with that inner drive.”
Roose continues with the aforementioned Q and A...
Tomas Jurco's been in the news lately--the Slovak news--and here's his second interview of the day, a discussion with Kosice Dnes (Kosice Today). I'm going to provide a very rough translation of the interview as this one was particularly difficult to work out and is really rough, and one of our KK readers will provide a more precise one tomorrow morning:
WDIV posted a video of aerial footage showing the Red Wings' follow-on rink's construction. It's a little jittery at times, but it's intriguing nonetheless:
From the CBC Prince Edward Island:
The small eastern P.E.I. village of Murray Harbour is preparing for a slew of visitors on Tuesday as NHL hockey player Brad Richards will parade the Stanley Cup downtown.
Richards won the cup this year with the Chicago Blackhawks. The win is the second of his career, having won with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
Carol White helped organize the first celebration 11 years ago, as well as Tuesday's event.
"It's really comparable, because last time it was the first time, but I mean, we were so excited, and it was such a big, big day for us," said White.
"But,you know, as it gets nearer and nearer, it's building and the excitement in this little village is really, it's just awesome. It's phenomenal that we're having this Stanley Cup in this little tiny village twice."
White says they expect close to 7,000 people to attend.
Continued, and I'm not going to cover Richards' day with the Cup as he won it as a Blackhawk, but this entry's letting you know that tomorrow is the big day.
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
This year, he wants to avoid a return to the AHL. If he doesn't make the Red Wings, he will have to clear waivers before he would return to the Griffins.
"There's always been talk that some teams would be interested if I was on waivers, but it all depends on the timing on everything," he said. "I just want to go in and try and make Detroit.
"As much as I love Grand Rapids, I don't want to play in the AHL next year. So I'm trying to do everything possible to play with them (Red Wings) or have a good enough camp for someone else to take me."
I apologize for the "wall of entries" of late, but the Wings news cycle's come in fits and spurts over the past three hours, yielding a whole bunch of single entries as opposed to news digests. This includes CBS Sports' Adam Gretz's "NHL report card" offseason grades for Atlantic Division teams:
Detroit Red Wings: B The biggest change in Detroit this offseason is the one behind the bench where Jeff Blashill takes over the spot that Mike Babcock occupied for a decade. The Red Wings' style of play probably won't change much, but it's going to be interesting to see if the younger player on the rosters are able to get a longer leash than they did under Babcock. Blashill has coached -- and won -- with many of them in the AHL. Gustav Nyquist's contract should prove to be a steal for the Red Wings over the next couple of years, while Mike Green gives the team the puck-moving, right handed shot it has badly needed on its defense. Brad Richards should also add some nice depth down the middle, provided they don't count on him to do too much.
Gretz does believe that the Red Wings' signing of Mike Green was the best individual move made by an Atlantic Division team this summer...
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