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Brad Richards joined the Red Wings on the ice for a very busy "optional" practice on Thursday, and afterward, he spoke with the media (as did Kyle Quincey)...
While in Traverse City, "getting-to-know you" practices were underway with a little intimidation in the house at Centre Ice Arena:
In Detroit, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Richards...
The day before the Red Wings' prospect tournament begins, MLive's Brendan Savage has posited a profile of one of Detroit's go-to guys in Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Evgeny Svechnikov:
The Red Wings play the Blackhawks Saturday in the prospects tournament at Centre I.C.E. Arena and Chicago forward Ryan Hartman spent five games in the NHL last season.
Then, beginning Sept. 18, Svechnikov will be rubbing shoulders with guys like Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and countryman Pavel Datsyuk every day in the main training camp.
"That's my dream coming true," said Svechnikov, who was drafted with the 19th overall pick this year. "I'm so happy to be with the Detroit Red Wings. Now I work for my second dream, playing in the NHL.
"Everybody have chance. I have big chance. I want to be there but I just keep going forward myself and we'll see what I can do. It's a great opportunity for me. I'm looking forward to being with the team in the NHL. It's a great chance right now and I really appreciate this time."
Updated 2x at 12:08 PM: At Joe Louis Arena...
The gangs all here, with the exception of @Datsyuk13. #GetWellSoonPav #RedWings
Also of Red Wings-related note this morning:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: Glendening has come a long way in a short time since establishing himself as an NHL player midway through 2013-14. His work ethic, competitiveness and defensive acumen make him an ideal fourth-line player. He was determined to improve offensively last season and did so by chipping in 12 goals. He also was better in the faceoff circle.
Glendening gets under opponents' skin with his physical play and abrasiveness, a much-needed element for a team that seldom fights, making him hard to play against.
Coaches can trust him to match up against a top line, which occasionally frees Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg from that responsibility.
Key question: Is Glendening capable of chipping in 10-12 goals every season?
The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrolowski spoke to Centre Ice Arena director of events Ann Reeves about this year's special connection to Capgeek founder and RedWingsCentral prospect guru Matthew Wuest:
The tournament features eight teams broken into two divisions — the Gordie Howe Division has the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings, while the Ted Lindsay Division includes the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and N.Y. Rangers. The Blue Jackets won the tournament last year, their third Prospects title.
The Blackhawks have returned to the tournament after a short absence, taking the place of the Buffalo Sabres.
"We have the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks coming this year so that's exciting," said Ann Reeves, the director of Detroit Red Wings events in Traverse City. "They've been wanting to get back into it. They just had to wait until someone else dropped out."
Also new for this year is the naming of the championship trophy the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup. Wuest was an early advocate for the Prospects Tournament, compiling stats and records for players and teams in the early years of the tournament. Wuest, who developed and maintained the hockey-related web sites RedWingsCentral.com, as well as CapGeek.com, died from colon cancer at the age of 35 back in March.
"His widow and his brother will be here to present the trophy," said Reeves.
Also, from the DRW Events in TC Facebook page:
On 9/15, the day the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup is presented to the winner of the TC NHL Prospect Tournament, a special text-to-pledge campaign will occur in memory of Matthew Wuest - CapGeek founder and RedWingsCentral developer - who died earlier this year of colon cancer. Please join us in supporting the Conquer Cancer Foundation #ConquerCancer. Text CONQUER to 41444 to donate and help #ConquerCancer. Check out @iConquerCancer – they fund breakthrough research, patient resources & more: http://conquer.org/
The Red Wings' prospect tournament begins on Friday, and if you look at the Wings' roster and try-outs on defense, you realize pretty quickly that three not-so-big defensemen will really, really have to step up for its blueline to not stand as the team's weak link.
Vili Saarijarvi, Robbie Russo and Joe Hicketts will be doing the heavy lifting, with Hicketts graduating from the team's #6 defenseman going into last year's tournament to the team's top blueliner.
Rather conveniently, the Grand Rapids Griffins have posited a video profile of Hicketts in case you're not familiar with the 5'8" mighty mite:
Hicketts "put his teeth in" for the interview (he lost his four front upper teeth at the World Junior Championships, where he hopes to return this December)
Updated 4x at 5:47 PM: The Red Wings engaged in a well-participated "optional" skate at the Joe on Wednesday, and after all was said and done, they received a special visitor:
On Monday, every player on the Red Wings current NHL roster will participate in the 15th annual Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing to raise money to help researchers find a cure for autism.
“It’s a great opportunity for us as players to show him our support,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “What he’s done for this organization, and really for the autism society with all the people that he gets involved and the money he’s raised, it’s really opened up a lot of doors for people with autism. So for us to get out there it’s a true honor to be a part of it.”
The Red Wings’ legend and Hockey Hall of Famer, who turned 90 years old in July, established the foundation, along with John Czarnecki, the father of a nine-year-old boy with autism, in 2001.
The foundation raises funds through its annual September golf outing, which has received tremendous supported from the Red Wings and other local celebrities.
Since its inception, the Ted Lindsay Foundation has raised more than $2 million for autism research.
MLive's Brendan Savage posited a conversation with Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk, and I can only say that Nastasiuk's personality shines through in this particular interview:
Now, the next stage of his career will begin with the Griffins after he takes part in the Red Wings prospects tournament beginning Friday in Traverse City.
"Obviously, it's very exciting," Nastasiuk said. "Just like when you got drafted into the OHL. You're trying to get ready for your first game. Now, I'm trying to get ready for my first full season. It's exciting. It's a new chapter and I'm ready to go.
"I can improve on everything but my skating especially. I got to improve that and my shot. I want to get it off quicker and harder. Those are things I gotta keep working on."
Nastasiuk's personal goals in Grand Rapids this season are modest.
"Try and be a plus player, really," he said. "Make Grand Rapids and be in the lineup every night and contribute to winning."
From the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau:
Red Wings training camp organizers in conjunction with the Detroit Red Wings have announced the rosters for the third annual Alumni and Celebrity game scheduled for 7:00 pm on September 19th. All players and teams are subject to change depending on availability. Tickets for this event are sold out.
Special jerseys have been designed specifically for the event and fans in attendance will be able to bid on the autographed jerseys during a silent auction that will open one hour before the game and run through the first period. Select jerseys will be available for auction and those interested in bidding on a jersey must pay by the 10-minute mark of the second period otherwise they forfeit the bid. Bid sheets must be filled out completely and be legible or the jersey will be awarded to the second highest bidder. Winning bidders must be present and will have a chance to meet the player and have their jersey autographed following the game. All bids start at $125 and incremental bidding will occur in $25 amounts thereafter. All proceeds from the event will support Centre Ice Arena and offset the cost of the event.
Continue reading for the Alumni and Celebrity Game roster...Dino Ciccarelli is a new addition...
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