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If you find yourself in Windsor on Saturday, November 30th, the Windsor Star's Don Lajoie reports that Gordie Howe has been named the Grand Marshal of Windsor's "Winter Fest Holiday Parade":
Mr. Hockey, he of the legendary elbows, originator of the Gordie Howe hat trick, author of 801 goals and 1,850 assists in the NHL and still considered by many “the greatest of them all” has agreed to serve as grand marshal for this year’s Windsor Winter Fest Holiday Parade.
The announcement that former Red Wing superstar Gordie Howe will lead the annual parade, and also be available for a meet and greet the evening before the event, was made Tuesday by a trio of downtown business leaders, including Larry Horwitz, chairman of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association.
“This is one of the greatest things we’ve done for downtown, and the future of downtown,” enthused Horwitz, at a news conference at the Investors Group offices on Riverside Drive. He predicted the chance to meet the 85-year-old hall-of-famer would not only draw thousands of hockey fans from Windsor and Essex County but possibly from as far as “Toronto and Chicago.”
Howe will preside over the parade Saturday, Nov. 30, from Giles Boulevard down Ouellette Avenue — starting at 3 p.m. But you may have a better chance to get that Gordie throwback sweater signed by No. 9 at the VIP reception, to be held Nov. 29 between 6 and 9 p.m., at the Boom Boom Room in downtown Windsor.
Tickets for that event, which will also feature food and drinks, can be purchased through the DWBIA offices, 419 Pelissier St., at Bob Reaume Sports, 4275 Tecumseh Rd. E., or online at Eventbrite.ca. Tickets are $50 each, though Horwitz suggested packages might be made available for families.
If you're interested, the Hockey Writers' Ross Bonander also penned a review of Mark Howe's book: "Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey," and the Utica Observer-Dispatch's Don Lailbe promises that another review is coming.
The Red Wings have a busy schedule ahead of them today:
The team will reveal the details of their Hockeytown Winter Festival's "Coke Zero Fan Experience"--or at least whatever hasn't been leaked already, and the vast majority of the details are public knowledge--at an 11 AM presser today;
Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood will engage in a Q and A on the Free Press's website at 1 PM;
Several players, the coach and GM will take part in a fundraised for injured CC player Matt Sorisho at Compuware Arena in the evening;
And it is entirely possible that, over the course of the day, we should find out more about Danny DeKeyser's shoulder injury (separated shoulder, out for 1-2 weeks, click on the link for player/coach commentary), as well as Jonathan Ericsson's looming contract extension, during the course of the day.
The Wings' players will also practice at Joe Louis Arena, but they won't be able to offer the kinds of answers the team needs to issue after Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to Nashville--the Wings' seventh straight loss and eighth straight at home--until the Wings host the Hurricanes on Thursday. At this point, talk is pretty bloody cheap, and when your team hasn't won in eighteen days, it's cheaper still.
Red Wings prospect news: Griffins to host Milwaukee; Bertuzzi, Athanasiou score; Wheaton has a scare
Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will be in the national spotlight when the second game of the Subway Super Series resumes tonight in Sherbrooke, Quebec (with the QMJHL playing a team of Russian stars at 7 PM EST Sportsnet, TVA Sports and the Fan 590 in Canada; Mantha scored the game-winning goal for the Q on Monday).
On a more local basis, the now-veteran-overloaded Grand Rapids Griffins will host the Milwaukee Admirals in their only home game of the week, so their weekly press release earns precedence this morning:
Winter Classic’s Hockeytown Winter Festival, Coke Zero Fan Zone details revealed, HBO 24/7 discussed
In theory, anyway, the lid isn't supposed to open over the Hockeytown Winter Festival's specifics until 11 AM this morning, when NHL officials will reveal the specifics of the "Coke Zero Fan Zone" that's going to be held in Comerica Park's parking lot, but the principals in today's presser spoke at length about the numbers and figures involved in holding and details pertaining to fan experiences during both the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the Winter Classic itself in a press conference held prior to Tuesday's Red WIngs game...
But this morning, the Free Press's B.J. Hammerstein was allowed to all but spill the details regarding the Coke Zero Fan Experience...
Updated 3x at 12:10 AM: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness was the first to the punch with bad news about Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who suffered a shoulder injury on a hit from Patric Hornqvist during Tuesday night's loss to Nashville:
The Wings have lost defenseman Danny DeKeyser for up to 1-2 weeks with a left shoulder separation according to general manager Ken Holland.
DeKeyser will have further tests done Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.
DeKeyser was hit into the boards by Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist on just his second shift of Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Predators.
DeKeyser has two goals and six assists in his last 11 games.
For whatever reason, NHL.com chose to post a video of the hit, so here it is:
I don't "like our team." Quite frankly, being a Red Wings fan, never mind spending the amount of time that I do covering an 0-and-7 team that's now 0-and-8 at home, this job sucks right now and my team sucks right now.
I'm frustrated as all hell get out because the Wings' disparate parts are not working together. As I've said previously--and even given that Danny DeKeyser will be out for an unspecified period of time with a shoulder injury--you can basically swap out Brunner for Alfredsson, who's been more consistent, Filppula for Weiss, who's been equally disappointing, swap out Tomas Tatar for Gustav Nyquist and add in Darren Helm, and this is the same team that went 14 games into the playoffs last spring, but its special teams are better. Its goaltending has been OK and its coach is pulling every trick out of his hat to help the team win.
It still dropped a 2-0 decision to Nashville, and when you've got solid personnel, good special teams, solid goaltending, secondary scoring and enough players and enough coaching to get it done, what do you do?
My problem with the "Free Nyquist" folks involves three factors that have nothing to do with their desire to see the Wings able to dress the best roster available:
TSN's Bob McKenzie made one observation about Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who will probably miss a little while with a shoulder injury...
And then he dropped a contractual bomb about 29-year-old defenseman Jonathan Ericsson:
And here's a story?
Update: Doctor Babs has weighed in:
Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser got smooshed by Patric Hornqvist in the first period of the Red Wings' game against Nashville...
And this is all we've got--and it's not good, with Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson reporting that DeKeyser has an "injured shoulder."
Winter Classic talk: estimated attendance 107,000, economic impact around $30 mil, Alum games on FSD
Updated 5x at 7:16 PM: You may take these Tweets regarding the Red Wings and the Winter Classic--from Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika, ESPN's Craig Custance, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea, the Free Press's George Sipple and Michigan Hockey (as well as Michigan Hockey corespondent Stefan Kubus), quoting Wings CEO Tom Wilson--for what you will:
The Detroit Red Wings' demotions of Cory Emmerton, Jordin Tootoo and Cory Emmerton have yielded something of a sticky wicket for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
AHL rules allow teams to dress five professional-league "veterans" in their lineup, but no more, and the Griffins already had four "veterans" on their roster in the AHL-contracted Jeff Hoggan (the Griffins' captain), Triston Grant, Nathan Paetsch and Brennan Evans.
That's seven players vying for five available spots on the team, and as such, some of the "veterans" will have to sit to make room for the NHL'ers. The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins coach Jeff Blashill about navigating the issue:
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