Around the Rink – August 31 Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings hosted HockeyFest this past Friday and Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. The event consisted of player appearances (Nicklas Lidstrom, Dan Cleary, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom, and Jason Williams), tours of the locker room, photo opps with the zamboni, interactive hockey games, and hockey memorabilia exhibits. Kris at Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle posted her notes from the Q&A sessions with Draper, Williams, Holmstrom, and Lidstrom. The Detroit News also touched upon some of the comments made during the question and answer portions of the event, including words from Steve Yzerman.

In our last installment of Around the Rink for the month of August, we have a number of news tidbits to share with you.

  • Over the next 11 days, bloggers covering the Red Wings are hosting a blogger roundtable to talk about a wide variety of Wings’ topics. The series kicks off at Winging It In Motown today with talk about the Red Wings’ Olympians and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
  • The Vernon Morning Star has a look at goaltender Chris Osgood’s offseason training regimen this summer.
  • Forward Dan Cleary has an outside shot of making Team Canada according to a notebook article in The Detroit News. Bill at Abel to Yzerman believes that Cleary deserves a roster spot. Cleary talked to Pierre LeBrun of about the opportunity and how he learned of the invite to Canada’s orientation camp.
  • The Detroit News takes a look at how Jason Williams’ stints outside of Detroit prepared him for his return to the Wings.
  • Todd Bertuzzi will join the London Knights alumni and other NHLers team to support their Shoot for a Cure initiative according to the London Free Press.
  • Want to take a look at a season preview for Johan Franzen through Sega’s NHL ’97? If so, you’ll want to check out The Triple Deke.
  • Motown Wings evaluates Derek Meech’s play last year and offers up a prediction for this season.
  • Adrian Dater named his top ten all-time fighters in the NHL for and former Wing Bob Probert finished atop the list.
  • Former Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider inked a one-year deal with the Canucks for $1.55 million. He will join former Wing Mikael Samuelsson in Vancouver.
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6 Responses to Around the Rink – August 31 Edition

  1. Doug Towler says:

    Hi All:

    Let the training camp begin — get the golfing kinks out of our systems — then let’s see how we all fit together and play to Mike’s system !!! By November 1st it will be apparent where each player,(old or new), fits into the scheme of things.. not so ???

    Play the system, stick to hockey basics, finish all plays and checks, this should get us back to the Cup finals again !!!!

    Have a GREAT 2009/2010 Season !!!!


    Doug T.

  2. Justin says:

    I was just checking out’s article on Peter Forsberg possibly making team Sweeden in the 2010 Olympics, and couldn’t help but notice all the familiar names already invited to the camp. Detroit has an overwhelming 8 players in the camp and that doesn’t include Mikael Samuelsson. What I’d like to know is, how is the Olympic comittee going to make sure that after the Olympics are over, these players will be returned to the team in A-1 condition, just in time for a much anticipated playoff run. I’m all for competition at the Olympics, but I think it’s time for the NHL to distance itself from the Olympics, and allow only non-professional players to participate. Just like they do for almost every other event.

    • Joe says:

      I agree 100%

      • Kendall says:

        How would that help the game? You must be on top of your game constantly to play hockey. let the boys play for thier country.Heck, make it a requirement. THat weil make the olympics interesting. Country above pro team. If the players dont like it, then why do the play? It wouldnt be for the love of the game if they didn’t. Let them play hockey…

        • Justin says:

          I’m not really sure you get what I’m saying man. I can’t imagine any person wanting to join in the Olympics but not want to be there. It’s not the fact of players wanting to be there, it’s the fact that once you become a professional in your respected sport, you shouldn’t be allowed to partake in the Olympics.

  3. Justin says:

    I’m a big fan of Olympic hockey, but regardless if it’s NHL-ers or not, people will still watch it. In fact, I believe that if NHL players weren’t allowed to play in the Olympics, it would actually make the sport better, and not worse. Especially in Canada where hockey is, and will always be #1.

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