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DETROIT – The Red Wings today released the 2015-16 training camp schedule, which will commence on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa prior to four days of on-ice practices from Friday, Sept. 18 to Monday, Sept. 21, held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
The Red Wings will first participate in the Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 17, which takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs in Northern Michigan.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson looks back on Tomas Tatar's "Red Wings Highs," also known as his 30-goal, 56-point 2014-15 season, and as you might expect, Tatar provides his own narration regarding his levels of confidence and performance:
Appearing in all 82 games this season, Tatar impressed by not just matching his totals from a season ago but drastically improving upon them with career highs in goals (28), assists (29), points (56), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (7).
“That’s what most people are telling me that the second season is hard to repeat but I feel like in Detroit it’s not as much because you wait for your chance for so long,” Tatar said. “They make sure you’re ready to be in the NHL, so the first year is not any different. The more years you play, you feel more experienced and you can play better.”
The Ilava, Slovakia, native posted three separate five-game point streaks and four multi-goal games en route to a team-high in goals.
Skating as a top-six forward, Tatar spent much of the season alongside players like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. Playing with some of the top forwards in the NHL, Tatar came into his own and was a constant source of offense.
“I feel way more confident,” Tatar said. “(I have) established myself more here, you know, first year I had to try and find my role and I feel like now I know what I’m supposed to do to help the team. It’s just different for me.”
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan has a spare writing style, and it's to the point--but in this instance, in which Kulfan asks Jakub Kindl about his difficult 2014-15 season under a coach that benched him on a regular basis, the spareness speaks volumes:
Kindl never earned the trust of former coach Mike Babcock, and last season felt like a bottoming out, as he played in 35 games and just one during the playoffs. Always a subject of trade rumors, Kindl now finds himself back in Detroit.
"It's a fresh start, not just for me but for everybody," Kindl said after an informal workout Tuesday at Michigan State's Munn Arena. "Everybody is at the starting line all the same, and at the end of the day it's a competition."
Kindl, a 2005 first-round pick, had 13 points (five goals) in 35 games and was plus-2, averaging 16 minutes.
He injured his elbow Dec. 28, missed 12 games, then was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games.
"It was tough," Kindl said. "But I was trying to be a good teammate and support the guys at the rink. Some things you can't control, so I just went to the rink and stay positive and it feels like a fresh start."
Kulfan continues, duly noting that Jeff Blashill plans on giving Kindl a "fair shot" at a roster spot...
Via RedWingsFeed, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji reports that Luke Glendening is going to take a ride in an F/A-18 Hornet on Wednesday as the Blue Angels prepare for the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport this weekend, and Danny DeKeyser, who flew with the Blue Angels last year, has some tips for Glendening:
DeKeyser, who was skating with some other players at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday, said he spoke with Glendening about it the other day.
"We were just talking about it and he's like, 'I think I'm either going to be puking or blacking out,'" DeKeyser said. "I mean, not 100 percent but that's what they told him. There's a pretty good chance that either one of those will happen. So I just gave him a few pointers. They tell you how to breathe and stuff, you gotta tighten up your legs and your abs and stuff so the blood stays in your upper extremities."
The reason for that is because the G-forces can create the effect of up to seven times your body weight.
"It's a lot of force on your body so some of the maneuvers, if you go straight up or whatever, you're just kind of sitting back and you can't move, that kind of thing," DeKeyser said. "So it's just a lot of force that you feel."
Continued with advice for aerobatic airsickness...
This was Tweeted by ESPN's Uni Watch's Paul Lukas...Take it for what you will:
Upate: FYI for the non-Wings fans:
One name is going to stick out to NHL fans at the Saskatoon Blades "Young Stars" camp. The Saskatoon Blades have claimed Igor Larionov Jr. off of WHL waivers. The younger Larinov is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Igor Larinov, who won [three] Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. The Larionovs' recently moved from their home in Detroit, which is OHL territory, to San Jose, which is WHL territory. Due to the move, Igor Larionov Jr. was then available to be claimed on WHL waivers. Igor Larionov Jr. is an American citizen, born when his Russian father was playing for the Detroit Red Wings, and will be on the ice for the first practice session Friday morning at the SaskTel Centre
The Grand Rapids Griffins' Griffvision YouTube channel posted a profile of Wings prospect Jake Paterson a little earlier today:
Many thanks to my friend Courtney for the heads-up on this one: WDET's Stephen Henderson engaged in an intriguing conversation with Heritage Development Services' Doug Diggs regarding the awarding of contracts for the construction of the Red Wings' new arena, and while WDET outlines Diggs' main points about the Ilitches' "commitment to Detroit"...
- Commitment to Detroit and Michigan: Diggs says the Ilitch family is committed to hiring Detroit and Michigan companies. He says Chris Ilitch made it very clear that if out-of-state firms want to work on the project, they must partner with Detroit-based firms to do so.
- Olympia Development event: Diggs says that the Olympia event today is about many of the smaller contracts for the stadium, such as drywall, doors, landscaping, and acoustical treatments.
- 51% Detroiter employee goal: A caller says that Detroit-based businesses are not necessarily hiring Detroiters or connecting to communities, so she does not know if hiring Detroit firms is important. Diggs says that each company that makes a bid for a contract on the project has to present a plan to hire at least 51% Detroiters to work on the project. He says that due to skilled trade limitations, this goal might not be possible for every contract, but companies must try to reach it.
- No dearth of Detroit resources: Diggs says there is no dearth of qualified businesses in Detroit. He says the key is for businesses to know what opportunities are coming their way, and to partner with other firms if necessary to participate in the project.
The interview's a bit stilted and a little more blunt, corporate-speak included:
From the Red Wings:
Here's the team's press release:
Earlier today, it was announced that Nicklas Lidstrom, Mats Sundin and Daniel Alfredsson will serve as consultants for Team Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey team, and Lidstrom gave a short interview to the Swedish news agency TT about his role. Here's a rough translation of said interview:
Nicklas Lidstrom is going to help the Swedish national ice hockey team as a consultant for the 2016 World Cup, and in an interview with the Swedish news agency TT, Lidstrom sounds like his pragmatic self regarding his, Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin's respective roles as sounding boards for coach Rikard Gronborg's team:
"I received an inquiry last summer to be a sounding board. It felt right and I'm very interested. We will listen to the coaches, what they want to help and [give] feedback," says Lidstrom.
He now lives in Vasteras, but travels several times to North America in the winter, and has an eye on NHL hockey.
"I know how the NHL works, and I have a decent idea of how it goes for the Swedes," he says.
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