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On A First Name Basis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Illustrated,

This inspired us to look at the most common and distinctive monikers in the NHL by generation, starting with team rosters as of the summer of 2015 and working our way back in 30-year intervals to the old tyme hockey days of 1925. The results were indeed revealing.

Although some names such as Mike, Dave, Bill and Bob have remained common, there have been distinct trends through the years. For example, you don't see many Gords, Dicks, Cecils or Wilfreds these days, but there are more Ryans, Jakes, Tylers and Brandons. And based on this year’s most popular names for babies, we’ll likely see more Liams, Noahs, Masons, Ethans and Logans skating around NHL rinks in coming years. Meanwhile the league’ ubiquitous nicknames of yore have given way to initials (P.K., T.J. etc.).

NOTE: For the sake of our tabulations, variations of a name (e.g. Mark/Marc/Marcus, Jon/John/Johnny, Nick/Nicholas/Nicklas) were lumped together. We’ve also included a nod to European, Scandavian and Russian players for they too provide a glimpse into the NHL's ever-changing demographics.


TOP FIVE: Mike (26), John (25), Mark (22), Matt (21), Ryan (20)

PLUS/MINUS: John (+12), Matt (+21) and Ryan (+19) replaced Dave, Bob and Rich/Rick in the top five from 1984-85 when three Mats (Naslund, Hallin, Thelin) but no Matts or Matthews, and one Ryan (Walter), played in the NHL. In the iconic first names department, there is now one Wayne (Simmonds) and one Sid (Crosby) on NHL rosters but no Mario or Gordie. 

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Jack Campbell On His Workout Routine In Port Huron

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from Paul Costanzo of the Times Herald,

Jack Campbell is entering a “prove-it” year with the Dallas Stars organization. So to prepare, he came home.

“I love being back home in Port Huron, it just helps my mind so much,” Campbell said. “It’s so relaxing. I’m never in a rush. I’m just kind of hanging out and enjoying the beautiful scenery, so it’s good.”

The 23-year-old goaltender said he’s spent more time in Port Huron this summer than he has since 2010, the summer before his first Ontario Hockey League season in Windsor. It’s not just about relaxing, either. He’s teamed back up with strength and conditioning coach Mike Pearson to prepare for the Stars training camp, which begins on Sept. 19.

“Every time I come out here, I’m getting stronger, faster, more flexible,” Campbell said. “I’ve been really working on my body this summer. More importantly, I come out and work with coach because it really helps my mind. I’ve never felt more at ease and confident at the same time. It’s been a great summer.”


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South Korea’s Hockey Team In A Tough Group In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Korea Times,

When it makes its Winter Olympic debut in men’s hockey in 2018 on home ice, South Korea will have to take on powerhouses Canada and the Czech Republic in the group stage.

Most hockey observers won’t give South Korea even a puncher’s chance, but count Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), as among the more optimistic ones.

“I have a good feeling,” Fasel told Yonhap News Agency on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, where he will attend the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session as a member of its Executive Board. The IOC on Friday will vote on the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics between Beijing and Almaty.

“In sports, you never know. I think they will be competitive,” Fasel added. “We will help Korea the best we can (so) that they can have a competitive team.”

South Korea was awarded a spot in the men’s tournament as the host nation, with the eastern alpine town of PyeongChang set to stage the country’s first Winter Games. The IIHF seeds countries based on the final 2015 rankings, and the 23rd-ranked South Korea ended up with No. 1-ranked Canada, No. 6 Czech Republic and No. 7 Switzerland in Group A....

The IIHF is “still working” to make sure the world’s top professionals will be in PyeongChang, Fasel said.

“The Olympics are the best stage for promoting our sport,” he added. “I really expect and hope the NHL will be there.”


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Wallner: Blashill visits the Griffins’ youth hockey camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill stopped by the Grand Rapids Griffins' youth hockey camp today, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Blashill was in town to watch his 9-year-old son take part in the event:

He got to watch his oldest son, 9-year-old Teddy, take part in the camp, and then signed autographs for 30 minutes for the 75 campers in attendance.

"I haven't had as much a chance to watch him because we're in the process of moving right now," Blashill said of one of his three children. "But it's a cool thing to be able to see him. I think he likes daddy on this side of the glass and not on the ice with him, so it works out good."

Blashill said his family has sold their home in East Grand Rapids and purchased a home in Plymouth. They will complete the move in the next couple of weeks.

"I feel blessed to be a part of the organization for three years and to get an opportunity before we leave town here and touch base with some of the young kids here," he said. "I think there's a great connection with the Red Wings and Griffins, and I think as you go through the state of Michigan there are Red Wings fans everywhere. I just don't think this is censured to just one region of the state. So it's' good to be able to touch base."

Wallner also posted a short video of Blashill and a photo gallery as well.

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Team Corsis

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today I will continue my summer sabermetrics series by looking a team Corsi ratings.  This is the difference between attempted shots (shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots) between a team and their opponents in 5 on 5 situations.  It is important because it measures puck possession.  This is a repeatable portion of hockey team success or failure.  It doesn't measure everything about a given team.  Special teams, goaltending and shooting percentages are not measured at all in Corsi studies.  It should be that the better Corsi teams are the better teams in the NHL and the worse Corsi teams are the worse teams in the NHL.  Those teams that are clear exceptions to that rule should, assuming roster continuity, likely regress toward the position their Corsi predicts next season.

Here are the team Corsi ratings in 2014/15:

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Mike RIchards still being investigated by RCMP regarding drug charges

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Frank Seravali:

One month after the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, no charges have been laid and the NHL Players’ Association has yet to make a decision on whether to file a grievance on the matter.

Sgt. Bert Paquet, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba, said Thursday there is “still an active investigation” into Richards.

According to a Winnipeg Sun report from June 30, Richards is “under investigation for alleged possession of a restricted substance while attempting to cross the Canada-U.S. border." The Sun reported a man was “held in custody … for at least four hours after allegedly trying to import” prescription painkiller OxyContin on June 17.

The Kings placed Richards on unconditional waivers on June 28, then moved to terminate his contract on June 29, citing a “material breach.” They have yet to discuss the grounds for terminating his contract.

In the month since then, the NHLPA has continued to gather facts and information, but has yet to decide on filing a grievance. Richards and the NHLPA have 60 days to file a grievance contesting the termination, or until Aug. 29. Whether charges are laid could impact the NHLPA decision to move forward with a grievance.

“There is no guarantee charges will be laid,” Paquet, the RCMP spokesman, said. “There has been a lot of interest in this case. If charges were laid, we would likely announce the information publicly.”


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Wallner: Wings assistant Pat Ferschweiler ready to make the NHL leap

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the Grand Rapids Griffins wrap up their youth hockey camp, a familiar face dropped in for a visit...

And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Wings assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler about his adjustment from Grand Rapids to his new position with the Red Wings:

First-year Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler got a taste of what's ahead under Jeff Blashill when the staff met for the first time about three weeks ago. Ferschweiler, who was with the Grand Rapids Griffins with Blashill, will be joined on the bench by Tony Granato, a holdover from Mike Babcock's staff. He came away encouraged.

"We went over for two days in Detroit for a seminar where we did, 'Here's how we did things in Grand Rapids,' and Tony said, 'Here's how we did taught things in Detroit,'" Ferschweiler said. "Now, the systems are virtual the same with a few subtle differences. Some of the verbiage is different, so we just wanted to get on the same page and say I like the way that sounds or the way this sounds. That was our first time as a staff."

Ferschweiler continues, discussing his role as the power play manager for Detroit's forwards, and at the end of the article, he and Blashill discuss their roles in terms of keeping each other in check:

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‘Roughtly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall gives lengthy interview to Expressen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Niklas Kronwall spoke with Expressen's Jonatan Lindquist in a very lengthy interview, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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ESPN’s Burnside suggests Red Wings could miss the playoffs this year

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Scott Burnside penned a list of, "Five teams that could fall out of the playoff picture" during the 2015-16 season, and he included the Red Wings in his list:

Detroit Red Wings

Yeah, we know GM Ken Holland nabbed defenseman Mike Green during the summer. But did anyone happen to watch the tapes of the final three games of the Capitals’ second-round loss to the New York Rangers, when Green was regularly exposed by the Rangers? Enough said.

And while we like the addition of Brad Richards, who was a key part of Chicago’s run to a Stanley Cup last spring, the 35-year-old Richards joins a forward group that also includes the aging Johan Franzen (a battered 35), Henrik Zetterberg (34) and Pavel Datsyuk (37).

With Datsyuk coming off injury and perhaps not available until after the start of the season, and with the goaltending situation still in a state of flux under rookie head coach Jeff Blashill, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the Wings' improbable run stops at 24 straight playoff appearances.

Burnside continues...and he seems to have forgotten about Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser, Petr Mrazek etc.

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‘Two Things’: Hicketts looks forward to Canadian WJC camp; U of M’s Kile reflects on Wings camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

One Red Wings prospect and one free agent have reflected upon their summer camp experiences, with Joe Hicketts looking forward to taking part in Team Canada's World Junior summer evaluation camp starting on Saturday, as he told the Victoria Times-Colonist's Mario Annicchiarico...

The Victoria Royals captain has represented the country at several international events, but to be part of the junior evaluation camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park [in Calgary] is a first for the Kamloops native.

“I didn’t get the opportunity to go to it last year,” said Hicketts, who arrives in Alberta today, with practices set for Saturday and Sunday before the recruits are divided into teams to play Russia and the Czech Republic from Monday to Thursday. I’m looking forward to meeting all the new guys and seeing what camp is about. It’s going to be quick with practices and then four games. Hopefully, I can become one of the leaders there, that’s my personal goal.”

He’s handled that responsibility on previous Canadian teams in younger age groups, wearing a ‘C’ or an ‘A’ as captain or an alternate.

And MLive's Brendan Savage spoke to University of Michigan forward Alex Kile during the Red Wings' summer development camp, discussing Kile's desire to fill Dylan Larkin's absence on the Wolverines' roster:

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