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Updated 2x at 1:29 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories and tidbits:
Updated 3x at 6:15 AM: Thursday was a busy day, and if you missed some of the "action":
1. Ilitch Holdings held what I'd guess you'd call a local contractor-recruitment seminar at the MotorCity Casino, and as Paul noted, Olympia Development's sticking with an actual-rink-opening date of Summer of 2017, though the Free Press's John Gallagher reports that any sort of actual "groundbreaking" at the rink site won't happen until December.
Both Gallagher and MLive's David Muller reported that the parties involved in the District Detroit project will hold a "resident workforce outreach" at Coo Hall this October to help ensure that 51% of the construction jobs on the rink go to Detroiters.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for the 2014 NHL Prospects Camp, which is slated to run from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Highlighting this year’s roster are 11 players who helped the Red Wings win their first-ever tournament championship last September, including Anthony Mantha, the reigning CHL most-valuable player after scoring 81 goals in 81 combined regular-season and playoff games during the 2013-14 season, Ryan Sproul, one of nine rookies to make their NHL debut for Detroit in 2013-14, and Martin Frk, a 2013 CHL Memorial Cup champion and the team’s top pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
from John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit’s planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project.
Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction workers from among Detroit residents.
At today’s conference for contractors at MotorCity Casino, Ilitch Holdings CEO Christopher Ilitch promised an “amazing walkable district” from the project. His team of lead contractors, consultants, and city officials also briefed the 200 or so local contractors on how to become certified to work on the project.
Initial site work and utility relocation is scheduled to begin in December, with excavation of the arena site and erection of steel and concrete to begin by next summer. The arena itself is expected to be finished by summer 2017, along with the initial portions of the residential, retail, and commercial district that rise near it.
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser will ride along with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in an F/A-18 Hornet on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison, Mich.
Updated with Lashoff talk at 6:20 AM: This time of year is--if I may be honest--quite fun, because you never know where the "news" will take you on as we slowly wait for the NHL's preseason prospect tournaments to take shape (ONLY TWO WEEKS AAAAAAAAAAAAAA, oh, sorry, anxiety talking). On
This morning (unless you're in Bratislava, Slovakia, where you can go visit Tomas Tatar and get his autograph), the Free Press's David Gallagher has a little bit more about the Crain's Detroit Business-reported (by Bill Shea) "contractors summit" taking place at the MotorCity Casino, where Ilitch Holdings is going to outline its construction plans and discuss the "District Detroit" in further detail...
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said today that he’s still trying to work out a deal with restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser and said that a final decision on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play next season probably won’t be made until just before Sept. 18, when players report for camp.
Some Red Wings have begun skating at Joe Louis Arena and other locations in the area. Holland said most of the players will be back in town and skating again Tuesday.
Holland said Alfredsson wants to play next season but has to decide whether he can contribute again.
“I haven’t talked to him in about a month,” Holland said. “He’s training hard. He’s training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp.
“I’ll talk to him next week. We’ll wait 10-12 days. Do we sign him to a contract? Does he just want to come to camp? I’m lobbing everything out there.”
As such, The Fan 590's Joey Vendetta spoke with Polsky, the film's director and creative masterimind, as well as the "main character" in the documentary, Slava Fetisov (with Senator Fetisov speaking from Moscow instead of Vladivostok)...
Updated 3x at 6:43 PM:
From the Red Wings:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose actually Tweeted these quips yesterday...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday released their schedule for the 2014-15 season. It will mark their 19th campaign overall, 14th as members of the American Hockey League and 13th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
The Griffins will begin their 76-game slate at home on Friday, Oct. 10 when the Lake Erie Monsters pay a 7 p.m. visit to Van Andel Arena. Coupled with the regular season finale at home on April 18, this will mark the first season since 2005-06 that Grand Rapids both opens and closes its regular season schedule on home ice.
Highlights of the 2014-15 schedule include::
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