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The Patriot-Ledger's Mike Loftus has penned an article about Red Wings prospect Pat Holway and his journey toward pro hockey, which has included lacrosse-playing and a decision to eschew high school and Major Junior hockey to play in a unique Massachusetts hockey program:
Selected by the [Dubuque] Fighting Saints in May’s USHL draft, Holway spent the first week of June at their week-long Tryout Camp, then came home to wait out the June 26-27 NHL Draft (and pick up his Cohasset High diploma). The Wings grabbed him in Round 6, No. 170 overall, and then he was off to Traverse City, Michigan, for their July 3-7 Development Camp.
“It was an incredible stretch,” Holway said. “It’s kind of like being acknowledged for all your hard work, so it’s a good feeling: People have actually seen that you did work hard, you did what you needed to do. It’s like a reward, almost.”
[If] if there was any doubt that Holway’s game is sufficient to bring him success in the coming years, it was largely erased during this summer’s camps: He was selected to play in the Saints’ Tryout Camp All-Star Game, and had a two-assist effort in a scrimmage during Detroit’s Development Camp.
“It took a little bit to get used to” the USHL level,” said Holway, whose Saints started training camp this week, and have a home-and-home exhibition series against in-state rival Cedar Rapids over the weekend. “But I thought I handled it well, improved as the week went on.
"The Red Wings’ camp was was another few notches up ... but again, I thought by the end of the week, I’d handled it well. I was able to keep up, all that. It gives you some reassurance. You get that sense of ‘OK, maybe I do belong here.’”
Updated at 9:47 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening: Via a Tweet from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, I posted pictures of Jimmy Howard's Ray Bishop-designed mask yesterday at this time, and if you missed it...
According to InGoal Magazine's Rob McGregor, the mask was inspired by one of Howard's tattoos:
Updated 5x at 3:29 PM: We're going to be talking about this as one of the main stories going into training camp, the exhibition season and regular season, so let me be blunt:
I've had three severe concussions in my life, and as a result, I'm hesitant to take part in any sport because I've learned that one "funny bump" on the noggin can yield post-concussive symptoms that last for months. While I get to do things like test sticks and gear, I don't do anything involving contact.
I am not in Johan Franzen's skates, and I have all the sympathy in the world for a man who's been playing hockey for the vast majority of his 35 years. I also understand that when one is a professional athlete, as Franzen is, it's probably close to impossible to envision yourself stepping away from the lifestyle you love for the sake of your health, especially if you feel--as Franzen clearly does--that you haven't "given your all" to exhaust all options for a comeback.
This article from the Free Press's Joe Guillen may cause a bit of a kerfuffle:
Of the more than $200 million in construction contracts awarded for the new Red Wings arena project so far, nearly $77 million will end up in the pockets of Detroit companies.
But the financial gains for Detroit companies, as tallied by the Free Press, are significantly less than the figures publicly reported by the Ilitch-owned arena developer, Olympia Development of Michigan.
Companies headquartered in Detroit or with offices here have been awarded about 38% of the arena contract amounts so far — a mark exceeding the Ilitch family’s promise to include Detroit companies in at least 30% of the new arena’s construction contracts, according to a Free Press analysis of 11 arena contract packages awarded so far.
By Olympia’s calculations, however, Detroit companies have received more than $126 million, or about 63%, of the $200 million worth of construction contracts. The developer has used this method to promote Detroit participation in the arena project through news releases and public appearances.
Update: Via JeffW, here's a video of Fox 2's Roop Raj talking about the District Detroit webcam (http://www.districtdetroit.com/live-web-cam/) and speaking with Olympia/Wings CEO Tom Wilson:
MLive's Brendan Savage has posted an "emptying the notebook" article about Wings prospect Adam Marsh, who re-set his hockey career after moving from Chicago to Saint John, New Brunswick to play for the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs:
"I liked his game," said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who conducted the camp. "He did a lot of good things. He had some nice shots on net, scored, his handling the puck. I liked his game. That was the first time I really saw him in a scrimmage and that was a guy who put himself in a good spot."
Playing against top Red Wings prospects like Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou at the development gave Marsh, who will be a senior in high school this year, an idea of what he can expect when he makes the move to pro hockey in a couple of years.
"I like to see the speed of all of them and knowing where I need to be by this time next year and see what I have to work on when I come back to camp," he said. "The speed is definitely up there.
"The pace and practices are pretty high but it's nothing I can't handle."
Marsh will take part in the Red Wings prospects tournament beginning Sept. 11 – he'll be one of the youngest players in Traverse City – before heading back to Saint John for his second QMJHL season.
"I definitely want to put up some good numbers," he said, "but I always want to have a good defensive game and be a team player as well. Just have the best season possible."
Updated 4x at 1:15 PM: Of note among the post-informal practice Tweets:
Johan Franzen said he hasn't been guaranteed anything from the Red Wings, but he's encouraged by his physical progress.
Franzen said he had to go home from four-hour workouts and sleep the rest of the day. I asked him the last time he had to. "Last week."
From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:
#RedWings Franzen says he's going hard on and off ice to test himself.
ESPN's Craig Custance is comparing every NHL team to the Chicago Blackhawks based upon five specific categories, and today, he's analyzing the Atlantic Division's teams. Here's what his Insider-only entry has to say about the Red Wings:
From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:
informal skates open to media, 1st time today.
nice to be back in building,
fri oct 9 v maple leafs, home opener.
a bit of the ol' fog, knees down, parts of ice at venerable joe louis arena.
emphasis on INFORMAL skate. players, wings and not. no coaches
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
Here's the press release:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: A prolific goal-scorer the past two seasons in the AHL with his booming shot, Pulkkinen's biggest adjustment to full-time NHL duty this season will be finding space in a tighter-checking league where opponents will play more physical against him. He showed improvement in this area during his 31-game stint in Detroit last season.
He likes to open up for the one-timer, and as the club's only right-shooting offensive threat up front he provides a different dimension, at even strength and on the power play.
But he'll have his work cut out for him to crack the lineup when (if) everyone's healthy. There's no room for him on the top two lines and he's not a fourth-line player, so his best bet is the third line.
Pulkkinen is out of AHL options and the Red Wings wouldn't risk losing him on waivers, so he won't be returning to Grand Rapids.
Key question: Will Pulkkinen secure a regular spot in the lineup on the third line?
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