The Malik Report
When Brendan Smith takes the ice for warm-ups Friday night with his pink-wrapped hockey stick, he'll be thinking of his grandparents.
Friday is the Red Wings' ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness night and it is personal to Smith.
"Both my grandmother and my grandfather (Joyce and Lester Smith) had breast cancer," Smith said. "My grandmother ended up passing away from it, unfortunately. My grandfather, he found a way to overcome it. So obviously, it hits pretty close to home. Not even just breast cancer, cancer in general. It's a thing that takes away a lot of our loved ones."
Many people are unaware that men can also get breast cancer as Smith's grandfather did, so this is another opportunity for him to help get that message out.
"There is a very small number but there is a number," Smith said. "There's a lot of people that have struggled with either their father or their brother have had breast cancer and you want to create that awareness for everybody. By creating this awareness, you can get some of these young men or women going and getting checked early and see if you can nip it in the bud early."
Early detection can make all the difference.
From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
First it was Peter Griffin on his mask, and then it was a pair of epic snowmen on his pads. Now Petr Mrazek is looking for a new design to his gloves and pads, and he’s soliciting ideas from fans on social media.
The Red Wings’ goalie – who started a Twitter account in September – went on the social media platform earlier this week to ask fans to come up with a new look for his gear.
“Me and Scotty (Hughes) from Vaughn had the idea and thought it would be nice if fans would pick my third set of pads,” Mrazek said. “So I’m giving them time to think it over and we’ll come up with a special prize for the winner.”
As of late Thursday afternoon, Mrazek and Vaughn Custom Sports had received 28 entries through Twitter. The deadline for submitting designs is Saturday, Oct. 31.
Mrazek, Hughes and Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer will pick the winning design. The winner’s artwork will then be featured on Mrazek’s new gloves and pads, which will debut in a Red Wings’ game sometime in December.
“It’s going to take for a while to finish the design and make them,” Mrazek said.
The goalie said he also has something special planned for the winner.
From US NTDP equipment manager Jake Visser:
I am raising money for a charity called ‘No Marine Stands Alone’. It helps ensure that no new Marine stands alone at graduation. I have set up a facebook auction page with over 80 items, ranging from NHL sticks, signed jerseys, apparel, and collectibles. The auction ends on Oct. 25. I’ve attached the flyer for the auction that I made, as well as the link below for the page. To bid, all you need to do is join the group and follow the instructions on the flyer. It’s super easy. If everybody would be willing to click the “Share” button on the top of the auction page, hundreds of people will be able to see it.
And the NTDP:
The auction – done online through the Facebook page - ends October 25.
Here is a brief summary of the some of the items:
- Dylan Larkin signed game stick. This item was donated by the Detroit Red Wings Equipment Staff.
- Jimmy Howard signed game stick. The item was donated by the Detroit Red Wings Equipment Staff.
- Justin Abdelkader Signed Game Stick. This item was donated by the Detroit Red Wings Equipment Staff.
- Sidney Crosby signed game stick. This item was donated by the Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Staff.
- Official game worn Grand Rapids Griffins Game Jersey of #12 Kevin Porter. This jersey is signed.
- Authentic Notre Dame Team signed game jersey. This also comes with a signed puck from Notre Dame Head Coach Jeff Jackson.
- Chicago Blackhawks Official Game Puck signed by Jonathan Toews. This puck is protected by a plastic case.
Updated 3x at 2:33 PM: Of Red Wings-related note after Thursday's practice, which revealed injury news regarding Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Johan Franzen:
FANS ASKED TO WEAR PINK ON FRIDAY FOR NINTH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT
… Fans Wearing Pink to Friday’s Game Can Enter to Win 2015-16 Team-Signed Jersey …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are asking fans to wear pink this Friday, Oct. 16, when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes for the ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 p.m. Any fan who wears pink to the game can enter to win a 2015-16 team-signed Red Wings jersey by picking up a raffle ticket on the concourse behind Section 126.
Fans can also participate in a variety of activities while raising funds to help alleviate the costs of breast cancer screening and treatment for uninsured and underinsured women in the Metro Detroit area. When doors open at 6:00 p.m., the Joe Louis Arena concourse will feature a silent auction, mystery puck draw and a special sale of Red Wings baseball hats, with all proceeds benefiting the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Additionally, the first 5,000 fans in attendance on Friday will receive a pink BCA Night themed T-shirt.
Updated 2x at 1:47 PM: Due to post-concussion issues:
I have all the respect in the world for Franzen as someone who's had severe concussions myself. It's his call whether he keeps going or not.
Updated 5x at 1:11 PM: It looks like the Red Wings have been kicked out of the Joe by a concert again...
#RedWings star Pavel Datsyuk skated earlier this morning under the watchful eye of Mike Kadar at @uniliggett. He looks better each day.
Mike Kadar = the Wings' strength and conditioning coach.
The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa also reported for duty...
From MLive's Brendan Savage:
The Red Wings are off to a 3-0 start, their best since 2011-12, and they've outhit their opponents in all three games.
They outhit the Toronto Maple Leafs 24-20 in the season opener, had a 37-19 advantage one night after in Carolina and then outhit the Tamp Bay Lighting 26-11 Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
For anyone who doesn't have a calculator handy, that adds up to an 87-50 edge.
None of the Red Wings has thrown his body around more than their leading goal scorer, Justin Abdelkader.
Abdelkader, who leads the team with four goals after getting a hat trick vs. Toronto, has 15 hits. He's followed by grinder Landon Ferraro with 10, defenseman Brendan Smith with nine and forward Luke Glendening with eight.
Abdelkader and Ferraro both had four hits in the opener to lead the Red Wings, Abdelkader and Smith had five against Carolina and Abdelkader registered six vs. Tampa Bay.
From the Portland Tribune's Jason Vondersmith:
Dominic [Turgeon], a center, has worked hard on his game, emphasizing defense in youth hockey rather than goals-assists-points, and it has paid off.
Drafted in the third round by Detroit in 2014, he signed with the Red Wings after last season. The Winterhawks — off a players’ vote — named him their 2015-16 captain in his fourth year with the major junior-level organization.
Dominic has been earning his stripes on his own merit and drawing rave reviews from people around him.
“It’s just his profesionalism, the way he carries himself on and off the ice. He makes people around him better,” [Portland Winterhawks coach Jamie] Kompon says. “He’s the consummate pro. He could step right into a pro dressing room and just fit right in. His habits, the way he prepares both on and off the ice, are second to none. When you see someone who carries themselves like that, and you’re a young player, you want to aspire to be like him.”
Says [agent Kurt] Overhardt: “I’ve gotten to know Dom the past couple years. Coming into the season, everyone knew he’d be the captain. Great leader. Great person.”
Says Keegan Iverson, a 19-year-old teammate and former billet housemate: “Dom’s a good leader in the locker room. He’s kind of a quiet guy, but all the guys like him. You can tell he’s a leader on and off the ice.”
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