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The Talk Around Tyler Bertuzzi And It Just Wasn't Hockey For Andrew Copp

07/31/2022 at 7:59am EDT

via Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Speculation swirled a year ago before, during and after the Detroit Red Wings re-signed Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year, $9.5M extension this day a year ago. Even after signing, rumors of where the team and Bertuzzi really stood continued to swirl. Some of that involved his vaccination status. Some of it includes the value he is holding that could be useful in acquiring other pieces in the midst of a rebuild.

Bertuzzi simply scored 30 goals and posted 62 points in 68 games, giving the team a nice return on their investment. What happens a year from now?

Bertuzzi is well liked within the Red Wings Locker Room

He’s been called a “little hillbilly goofball” by Oskar Sundqvist. Bertuzzi seems to be the one fetching the puck after a teammate’s milestone. Even former head coach Jeff Blashill was a big fan of what Bertuzzi brought to Detroit. Though he had a stellar year, questions still swirl about whether Bertuzzi will still be a Red Wing a year from now.

from Mick McCabe at the Detroit Free Press,

For Andrew Copp, his first potential roadblock in his sporting life came in soccer.

“I had a soccer coach tell me I should quit hockey and concentrate on soccer,” Copp recalled. “Not that I should, but I had to if I wanted to play on his team.”

At the time, Copp was all of 9 years old.

What is wrong with some of these coaches? That is a rhetorical question because we know that there are oh-so-many youth coaches and trainers who believe the world revolves around their sport and every other activity is a complete waste of time.

Thankfully, Copp has two rational parents — Andy and Anne. They wanted him to experience as many sports as possible and the same for his younger brother, Tyler, who is now a professional golfer.

So the thought of giving up hockey was unimaginable to Copp.


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