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The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a golf tournament to raise funds for their youth foundation a week from Monday. From the Griffins' PR department:
Grand Rapids Griffins alumni, coaches, fans and staff will join a very special guest – the Calder Cup! – at Egypt Valley Country Club on Monday, Aug. 26 for the 19th annual Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic, presented by Meijer.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that the event will be held at the renowned, 36-hole course in Ada, Mich. Following the 10 a.m. shotgun start, golfers will be treated to 18 holes of golf – half of the field on the Ridge course and half on the Valley course – as well as on-course food and refreshments provided by Leo’s Restaurant, Peppino’s Pizza and Buffalo Wild Wings. Afterward, golfers will gather in the clubhouse for dinner and a high-end raffle and auction.
Via RedWingsFeed, Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal's going to try his hands at doing baseball play-by-play when the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals play tonight at 7:05 PM, and MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kal about his new endeavor (which Khan reports will air on 1270 AM as 97.1 FM's going to air a preseason Lions game):
Tigers play-by-play man Dan Dickerson had a previously scheduled family commitment. Kal has been looking forward to this opportunity for a couple of weeks. He even did a mock broadcast of a recent Tigers-Chicago White Sox game.
“It's an opportunity to do something I've never done before,'' Kal said. “I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited.''
Kal broadcast a couple of baseball games when he attended Wayne State back in the day, but said he has “basically done hockey all my life.''
“It's a whole different way of broadcasting than it is a hockey game,'' Kal said. “You just have to let the game breathe a little bit, keep the game interesting, have conversations with (analyst) Jim Price. There's not as much action, there's a more relaxed pace. In hockey, I rely a lot on Paul Woods (for analysis during stoppages). Tonight, I'll be relying on Jim Price.''
Update: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Kal, too:
Updated 15x at 5:33 PM: Here's a slate of Tweet summations and articles regarding new Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson's "goodbye" presser at Ottawa's The Royal hospital, where Alfredsson has a significant charitable legacy as a member of the Ottawa Senators. I'll update this entry with more news stories and videos as they become available:
Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
- According to 97.1 the Ticket, Ken Kal will be calling tonight's game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. The game begins at 7:10 PM EDT;
- In charitable news, Herm to Hockeytown 3's pledge page is up (as is their Twitter page), and Winging It in Motown's J.J. From Kansas worked with Ken Daniels' booking agency to encourage Wings fans to pledge to the cause:
If you want to watch the Daniel Alfredsson presser, Sportsnet is streaming it in both the U.S. and Canada on their streaming page...
Update: TSN is streaming the presser, too.
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan continues his three-part look at the Red Wings' 2013-2014 season roster this morning, following up yesterday's look at the Wings' forwards with an article about the Red Wings' defense. His spotlight shines most squarely upon the free agent signing that allowed the Wings to pursue more balanced offensive output in July instead of overpaying for another defenseman--one Danny DeKeyser:
“The sky’s the limit,” goalie Jimmy Howard said. “He has so much potential. He stepped right into the lineup and played so well.”
The further development of DeKeyser, 23, will likely only strengthen a Red Wings defensive corps that performed well above expectations last season.
Kuchta exchanged emails with herr Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, and Sheehy says that his client remains committed to signing an NHL deal, and Sheehy says that he understands that he and Brunner will have to wait to land their expected $3+ million payday. What follows is translated German:
"There's a lot of speculation regarding Damien because he hasn't found a new employer. People who believe that he hasn't received an offer because he wants too much money have no idea [what's going on]. Money was not and is not the priority for him. He wants to play where he has the best opportunity. In that sense, nothing's changed," explains the Canadian [agent].
Oh boy. Red Wings forward and former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will be speaking from Ottawa's The Royal hospital at 11 AM EDT, and TSN and Sportsnet will be streaming the press conference--presumably to discuss his significant commitment to The Royal's "You Kno Who I Am" campaign--but TSN and Sportsnet have decided to live-stream the broadcast, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch and Don Brennan will "live tweet" it, and Brennan explains why all of frickin' Canada will end up hearing what Alfredsson has to say:
The release from the hospital sent out Wednesday stated that Alfredsson -- who ended his 18-year Senators career when he surprisingly signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Red Wings July 5 -- will "take the opportunity to give his thanks to the community and to bring further attention to mental health, which he has so actively championed."
It also said that a "public statement will be followed by a question and answer session" and that there will be no media scrums permitted. But as it is his first public appearance since making the choice to jump teams, Alfredsson will no doubt be pressed to further explain his decision.
As such, you and I both know that Alfredsson's much more likely to address his level of mental health and the mental health of Senators fans and the organization. Brennan repeats the Alfredsson-to-Detroit narrative (Senators owner Eugene Melnyk's comments and GM Bryan Murray's comments sort of included), and I'm going to give him the stink-eye for the next year-plus for good reason:
Updated 4x at 1:44 PM: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose delivers good news on the Darren Helm front this afternoon...
And this dovetails nicely with MLive's Ansar Khan's check-in with Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Helm's health:
Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star takes a shot at predicting the Atlantic Division...
Detroit Red Wings
Projected finish: Second
Key Additions: F Daniel Alfredsson, C Stephen Weiss
Key Subtractions: F Valtteri Filppula
Relationship issues: Welcome back to the neighbourhood, old friend. With four Stanley Cup championships since we last met in the playoffs, something says you’re over the whole “Nik Borschevsky” thing. Word of warning: Leaf Nation isn’t.
The Skinny: Oft written off as too old, the Wings seem to embrace life after 40. So Daniel Alfredsson will fit right in, giving the team some much needed scoring punch up front. Stephen Weiss fills a role behind Pavel Datsyuk at centre. He may accomplish more as a No. 2 on the Wings than he ever would as a No. 1 with the Panthers.
read on for the other six teams in the division...
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