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Michigan Sports Hall of Fame selling tickets for September 9th induction ceremony

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is inducting Chris Osgood, Brendan Shanahan and Mike Modano (among others) on September 9th, 2016, and tickets are on sale presently:

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Sidney Crosby Named Captain For Team Canada In The World Cup Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby will serve as Team Canada’s captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will support Crosby as Team Canada’s alternate captains.

Crosby, 29, has won two Stanley Cup® championships since becoming captain of the Penguins during the 2007-08 season. The 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy winner has registered 338 goals and 938 points in 707 career NHL games. Crosby captained Team Canada to gold at both the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

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There are legitimate concerns about the 16-17 Wings, but writing ‘em off has become a trend

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's more of the same line that we're going to be hearing on a very regular basis going into the 2016-17 season: Sportsnet's Chris Engels suggests that the Red Wings are the most-likely '16 playoff team to miss the playoffs this upcoming season:

1. Detroit Red Wings

2015-16 record: 41-30-11

Guess who played 66 games last season and finished second in team scoring? Pavel Datsyuk. But now Datsyuk is gone, so excuse us for suggesting that there’s a decent chance Detroit doesn’t extend its playoff streak to 26 seasons.

Beyond Dylan Larkin, who’s clearly a player, Tomas Jurco and Andreas Athanasiou are going to have to take on a lot of responsibility behind Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Nielsen. They have the talent, but do they have the maturity?

In net, Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek will have to be much better than they showed in last year’s first-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Wings qualified with the lowest point total in the East last season and they made it on a tiebreaker over the Boston Bruins.

Other Atlantic Division teams have gotten better. That should make for tougher sledding this season.

Etc. etc. The media's written off the Wings, the fans have written off the Wings, the management...has complicated feelings about the team's playoff chances...here's hoping that the players still believe.

There are very legitimate reasons to question the Wings' playoff-readiness, but I would argue that it's a little too early to completely write the Wings off.

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Givani Smith turning heads at Biosteel’s pro camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect Givani Smith has been taking part in Biosteel Sports' pro camp this week, and the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy has taken note of the highly-touted prospect:

Givani Smith didn’t have an enviable situation in his draft year. The physical left winger played for literally one of the worst teams in all of major junior – the Guelph Storm – and watched coach Bill Stewart walk out on his troops after Guelph won just two of its first 27 games. But scouts saw Smith’s unique combination of brawn and skill and knew he’d be a good one. Detroit nabbed him in the second round this summer and now he’s already impressing NHLers.

“He’s a tank out there,” said Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds. “He skates well, he shoots well, he thinks the game the right way. Detroit got a great pick there in the second round. He’s sure of himself but not cocky. That’s good for a young kid.”

Smith has been skating with Simmonds and a host of other players the kid grew up watching – such as Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Joel Ward – at the annual BioSteel camp in Toronto. Despite being one of the youngest players there, his role models all stepped up for him.

“All the guys are really welcoming,” Smith said. “I felt like I fit right in.”

Smith has always had hockey influences around him. Older brother Gemel Smith is a Dallas Stars prospect and told a 13-year-old Givani there was a certain way to play if he wanted to make it to the pros. Givani took that to heart and has been a handful for opponents in junior.

“Those guys are tough to find,” said one scout. “A big, tough winger. In front of the net, you can’t move him.”

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Red Wings Alumni Association has a podcast

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is pretty cool: the Red Wings Alumni Association has an official podcast, and they discuss the Joe Kocur Foundation's softball game this weekend in today's podcast. It's quite good, hosted by Art Regner, Michael "Newman" Dore and Darren McCarty:

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Jimmy Devellano buys into the Saginaw Spirit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Interesting news from Today's Slapshot's Monica McAlister:

The Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit will be starting their 15th season with the opening of training camp next week with a new minority owner. None other than Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Devellano. The story was first reported this morning by ABC12 in Flint, Michigan.

Devellano is currently the Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings. While OHL clubs having ties to the NHL is nothing new (The division rivals the Sarnia Sting were purchased in January 2015 by David Legwand and Derian Hatcher.

McAlister continues...

And Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples confirms:

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Florida/Arizona Trade

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Talking With Hockey Hall Of Fame Player Alex Delvecchio

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Alex Delvecchio, who played all of his 23-season NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, vividly remembers the car he bought with his first hockey paycheck.

"Two-hundred-something dollars," Delvecchio recalled when asked about the cost of the antique Ford roadster he purchased in the early 1950s, when he was barely out of his teens. "I had to give it a little push and run beside it to get it going."

Six-plus decades later, the 83-year-old Red Wings icon is behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado, a truck that comes with its own challenges.

"I don't have to push it to get it started," Delvecchio said with a laugh, "but it's got all kinds of stuff in it that I'm still trying to figure out."

Delvecchio was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Aug. 25, 1977, along with defenseman Tim Horton and builders John "Bunny" Ahearne, Harold Ballard and Joseph Cattarinich.

"How often do you get to be in the Hall of Fame, let alone just play in the NHL?" Delvecchio said Wednesday when reminded of the anniversary.


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Josh Ho-Sang Ready To Impress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Keep one eye glued on Josh Ho-Sang this coming season. He may be the sport’s most fascinating figure without a guaranteed job in the NHL.

The 2014 New York Islanders first-rounder will likely land on the farm in Bridgeport, Conn., after four years of junior. A colourful youngster with an enviable skill set on the wing, Ho-Sang is primed to get a chance to impress at the AHL level.

Among the 20-year-old’s various exploits: two years ago Ho-Sang publicly chastised Hockey Canada for not dispensing the respect he feels he deserves; and last fall he slept through Day 1 of the Isles’ main camp.

The Thornhill, Ont. product’s brash personality rubs some people the wrong way. Unfortunately for them, Ho-Sang doesn’t seem to care what other people think of him — which is admirable. On the ice, he is a supremely gifted passer and stickhandler with 337 points in 288 career Ontario Hockey League games.

Through a spokesperson, Ho-Sang on Wednesday declined multiple interview requests at BioSteel Camp. Perhaps his headline-making days are over?

more hockey topic including the ongoing BioSteel Camp...

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The Outlook For Teemu Pulkkinen

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive with the outlook for Teemu Pulkkinen this season....

He got off to a good start last season (six goals, 11 points in 21 games) but was set back by a shoulder injury and never regained form. He was a frequent healthy scratch the second half of the season.

He's strictly an offensive player and needs to play in the top-nine, with regular power-play duty and players who can get him the puck, to maximize his abilities.

A prolific goal-scorer in the AHL, Pulkkinen must continue working on creating space for himself in a tighter-checking NHL and getting the puck on net (he averaged more than one missed shot per game).

He's not due back until sometime between late October and early December, making it more difficult for him to crack the lineup on a team that has too many forwards.

Key question: Can Pulkkinen earn a spot in the lineup?



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