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I'm originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I've been a lifelong Red Wings fan as well as other Detroit sports; hockey has always been #1. I'm currently pursuing a journalism degree at Eastern Michigan University.

USPBL single game tickets to go on sale Saturday

The United Shore Professional Baseball League is releasing single-game tickets beginning on Saturday, April 1 for the upcoming season. Check out this press release regarding ticket availability for the upcoming 2017 season, and a special contest that fans can be entered into! https://twitter.com/uspbl/status/845388578335195136 Here is the...

Henrik Zetterberg set to play 1,000th career game in season finale at The Joe

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings will not be participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, so their 2016-17 season finale on April 9 against the New Jersey Devils will be their final game at historic Joe Louis Arena. But before the old building closes, there...

Lions to bid on hosting Super Bowl and the NFL Draft

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
On Tuesday night, Detroit Lions president Rod Wood told reporters that the Lions intend to bid on the next round of available Super Bowl locations. Additionally, the Lions will bid to host the NFL Draft, and Wood said that the Fox Theater would be...

Pistons considering shutting down Reggie Jackson

The Detroit Pistons' recent slide that has seen them drop from seventh place in the Eastern Conference to tenth, and has them on the verge of missing the playoffs. However, one of the team's key components may be done playing before the season is...

Red Wings recall Ben Street from Grand Rapids

NHL: Preseason-Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs
The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday have made another roster move, recalling center Ben Street from the Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/846727587070164992 This comes after Luke Glendening has been listed as day-to-day after suffering an injury during last night's game against Carolina. Street could play...

JUST IN: Red Wings recall defenseman Dan Renouf from Grand Rapids

The Detroit Red Wings announced a roster move following their 3-2 overtime win over the Wild on Sunday, recalling defenseman Dan Renouf from the Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/846104521956843524 Renouf, 22, was signed by the Red Wings out of the University of Maine in...

Chelios: No veteran free agent wanted to play for Mike Babcock

Boy, talk about some serious accusations. During an interview with 97.1 The Ticket's Jeff Riger, former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios didn't hold back when he explained why he believed the Red Wings were having trouble luring free-agents to Hockeytown - it was because...

Henrik Zetterberg is Red Wings nominee for Masterton Trophy

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The Detroit chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association's unanimously voted Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg as the nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Trophy, which recognizes perseverance and dedication to hockey. Each team has a nominee, and the list will be narrowed down to...

Recent losing stretch has Pistons slowly fading out of playoff picture

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Detroit Pistons
To say that the recent slide the Detroit Pistons are enduring is disappointing would be a severe understatement, and it could very well cost them a spot in the NBA playoffs. The Pistons has lost five of six overall, including two straight. One was to...

Brooklyn Nets are reportedly interested in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
According to a report in the New York Post written by Brian Lewis, the Brooklyn Nets are interested in acquiring Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, whom the Nets just faced Tuesday night in Brooklyn. https://twitter.com/BR_NBA/status/844571249284206594 Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free-agent heading into this off-season after he...

JUST IN: Detroit Lions re-sign DE Armonty Bryant

NFL: Detroit Lions at Houston Texans
The Detroit Lions have made a roster move today, re-signing DE Armonty Bryant to a one year deal for $855K. https://twitter.com/mikerothstein/status/844320115705372672 The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Bryant was originally drafted in the seventh round of 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns out of East Central (Okla.) University....

Red Wings bring up Ben Street from Griffins

NHL: Preseason-Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs
The Detroit Red Wings have made a roster move today, recalling forward Ben Street from the Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/844198225733140482 Red Wings GM Ken Holland reported an undisclosed forward was injured during last night's 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, though didn't specify...

UPDATE: J.D. Martinez to undergo CT scan on Friday for injured foot

  (03.20.17 @ 5:30 P.M. ET): MLB.com Tigers reporter Jason Beck says that J.D. Martinez will be receive more evaluation on his foot sprain later this week. https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/843923223041495040 https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/843923558514540544 (03.19.17 @ 6 P.M. ET): The Detroit Tigers have brought in a foot specialist to render an opinion on outfielder J.D....

Riley Sheahan should be left unprotected for NHL expansion draft

NHL: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings
NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. It's been a...

Tomas Jurco: My girlfriend and I “were so bored” in Detroit

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco began his NHL career with promise, but it went completely unfulfilled during his short tenure with the team. After being drafted 35th overall in 2011, he never scored more than 18 points in a single season, and...

LOOK: Kris Draper pens article in Players’ Tribune about 1996 facial injury from Claude Lemieux

NHL: Centennial Classic-Practice Day
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper was one of the central figures of the legendary Red Wings/Colorado Avalanche rivalry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After all, it was his being viciously hit from behind by Claude Lemieux that officially started things. Check...

3 additional players the Detroit Lions should target in free agency

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
The Detroit Lions have made a few splashes in free agency thus far, landing Michigan native T.J. Lang from their rivals the Green Bay Packers, as well as Rick Wagner from Baltimore amongst others. GM Bob Quinn shouldn't be finished just yet, however. Here are...

Pistons could make statement with second straight win vs. Cleveland

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
Things are looking up for the Detroit Pistons after too many large stretches of inconsistent play. Any team would likely be trending up after defeating the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers as Detroit did five days ago. However, the Pistons have won seven of their...

WATCH: Massive hit by Pavel Datsyuk leads to 25 minutes in penalties

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Former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk was never known for racking up penalty minutes during his NHL career, but he decided to switch things up upon entering the KHL. Datsyuk's current team, SKA St. Petersburg was in the middle of a playoff game against...

WATCH: Final auditions for Lions cheerleader hopefuls at Ford Field

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Auditions for the Detroit Lions cheerleading squad took place at Ford Field on March 11, with finals taking place on Monday. The three-round elimination process requires all of the hopefuls to audition - even those who were members of the 2016 team. Following a short...

VIDEO: D’oh! The Simpsons takes another shot at the Detroit Lions

"The Simpsons" has become a staple in American culture, and is currently the longest-running American sitcom, now in it's 28th season. During their latest episode, Bart Simpson becomes a basketball star at Springfield Elementary and gets involved in point shaving. Soon, a not-so-subtle jab at the...

WATCH: Pretty passing play leads to Frans Nielsen PP goal

NHL: New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings
Now THIS is how you run a man-advantage. A terrific passing play by the Detroit Red Wings culminates in a power-play goal from Frans Nielsen. A tic-tac-toe setup saw the puck touch the sticks of Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Gus Nyquist, and then Nielsen. Be sure...

JUST IN: Lions sign former Michigan State WR Keshawn Martin

The Detroit Lions have made another move in free-agency, signing former Michigan State Spartans WR Keshawn Martin. https://twitter.com/Lions/status/840661112953679873 The Inkster, MI native played football at Michigan State from 2008 to 2011 before being drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL...

JUST IN: Larry Warford signs with the New Orleans Saints

Sep 25, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers (56) rushes around Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford (75) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Soon after announcing they were releasing DeAndre Levy, the Detroit Lions lost a piece of their team to free agency. G Larry Warford has agreed to a free-agent deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/839932870831525889 Warford's signing adds immediate size...

BREAKING: Detroit Lions to release DeAndre Levy

Dec 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) tackles Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) during the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
The DeAndre Levy era in Detroit has come to an end. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions are set to release long-time LB DeAndre Levy after eight years with the team. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/839928230454956032 https://twitter.com/davebirkett/status/839927807094423552 According to ProFootballTalk, cutting Levy allows the Lions to avoid having...

Henrik Zetterberg: Red Wings are “too easy to play against”

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs
The Detroit Red Wings looked decent for the first half of the 1st period against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, outshooting the Bruins 6-2. Then the wheels came completely off. The Bruins took a 3-0 lead before you could blink, and headed into the...

Top 15 Joe Louis Arena Moments of all-time

NHL: Detroit Red Wings octopus 1
We're back again with Part Three of our countdown of the Top 25 Red Wings moments at Joe Louis Arena. In case you missed them, be sure and look at Part 1 and Part 2. Let's go ahead and count all the way down to number one. 1980 NHL ALL-STAR GAME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3lC-4fNsio The...

VIDEO: Happy Birthday, Danny DeKeyser!

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser celebrates his 27th birthday today! DeKeyser was born in Macomb, MI and grew up playing hockey in the Detroit area. He played hockey at Western Michigan University from 2010-13 before joining the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent. Let's...

Jeff Blashill: ‘We will make the playoffs because of Henrik Zetterberg’

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals
Confidence in your team is never a bad thing to have. Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill certainly displayed that during an interview on Friday. "I believe we will make the playoffs because of Henrik Zetterberg," he declared. To put it lightly, that's a pretty lofty...

The time has come for Ken Holland to step down as Red Wings GM

The Detroit Red Wings are stuck in their worst season in nearly three decades and are all but mathematically eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Wednesday was the NHL's trade deadline, and unfortunately, became yet another chapter in the ever-faltering novel authored by Wings general...

Detroit Pistons set NBA record in blowout loss to New Orleans

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors
Nothing went smoothly for the Detroit Pistons at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night. In addition to getting blown out by the New Orleans Pelicans after losing Andre Drummond to ejection, the team made history - and not the kind you want to be remembered...

GM Ken Holland defends his deadline moves

The Detroit Red Wings parted ways with Tomas Jurco, Brendan Smith, Steve Ott, and Thomas Vanek leading up to the NHL's Trade Deadline, and general manager Ken Holland defended the moves that he made for the team. This is certainly an unfamiliar position for...

Watch: Steve Ott talks about being traded from Red Wings

Veteran forward Steve Ott always wanted to play for the Detroit Red Wings, and this summer he got his wish, signing a one-year deal with the team he grew up idolizing. But due to the Red Wings' struggles, they decided to become sellers at this year's...

Red Wings trade Brendan Smith to Rangers for pair of draft picks

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild
Defenseman Brendan Smith's time with the Detroit Red Wings has come to an end. The Red Wings have traded Smith to the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2018 and a third-round draft pick in 2017. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/836633766533615616 https://twitter.com/SiriusXMNHL/status/836629514318983169 Smith was drafted 27th overall in the...

No stranger to trades, Thomas Vanek “won’t be surprised” if he is dealt by Red Wings

NHL: Centennial Classic-Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs
The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday afternoon, and for the first time in decades, the Detroit Red Wings are poised to be sellers. One member of the team that is almost certainly going to be traded is winger Thomas Vanek. He was signed to a...

Pistons unveil plans for brand new practice facility downtown

For the first time in decades, The Detroit Pistons will be playing downtown when they move to the new Little Caesars Arena next season. In addition to their new playing home, the Pistons are setting their sights on a brand new practice facility that would be located...

Tigers announce promotional giveaway schedule for 2017

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are just beginning their spring training game schedule, but Comerica Park is already gearing up for their promotional giveaways for this season. There will be 30 official giveaways this season, and they include some pretty cool stuff for the fans. Here is...

Christopher Ilitch: ‘The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
There has been some angst among fans of the Detroit Tigers. The thought was that the team would shedding payroll and enter another rebuilding phase, and wouldn't be able to compete for top spot in the division - much less a World Series title that...

Elliotte Friedman: Red Wings are “open for business”

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers
It's been a dreary season for the Detroit Red Wings. With just 22 games remaining on the schedule, they're dead last in the Atlantic Division, and are all but officially eliminated from a playoff spot for the first time in 26 years. Because of that,...

Detroit Pistons player introductions from the 2005 NBA Finals

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The Detroit Pistons were on top of the world in 2004, and they advanced to the NBA Finals for a second straight year in 2005. Though they eventually fell short in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs, we'll never forget the legendary player introductions...

WATCH: President Bush honors Mike Ilitch at Celebration of Life ceremony in Detroit

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers
A Celebration of Life service was held at Detroit's Fox Theater on Wednesday in honor of the late Mike Ilitch, who owned both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Among the guests in attendance was none other than President George W. Bush. The former...

Report: Red Wings could potentially extend Brendan Smith rather than deal him

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild
Well, this probably isn't the news that most Detroit Red Wings fans were expecting. NHL Insider Chris Nichols reported on Tuesday that per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Red Wings have gotten plenty of interest from other teams about defenseman Brendan Smith. However, the team just might not...

Stan Van Gundy: Trade rumors ‘don’t mean a damn thing’

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors
There are plenty of trade rumors swirling around the Motor City and the Detroit Pistons these days. Some were further fueled by Andre Drummond's supposed subliminal messaging that he could be headed out the door. However, Pistons head coach and President of Basketball Operations, Stan Van Gundy, insists...

ON THIS DAY: Gordie Howe eclipses 50 points in a season for 21st time [VIDEO]

The late Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe has countless milestones to his name. February 21 marks the 47th anniversary of yet another record that he set. https://twitter.com/NHLhistorygirl/status/834078759619796993 Howe finished the season with 31 goals and 40 assists in 76 games played. He ultimately finished with...

Detroit Lions hire former Texans OC George Godsey as defensive assistant

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
The Detroit Lions have made a new hire today, bringing aboard former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey as defensive assistant-special projects. https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/834066380005720064 Godsey, 38, formerly served as the Texans' offensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016, and also coached Houston's quarterbacks in 2014. He also previously...

Michigan hires former Vikings QB coach Scott Turner as offensive analyst

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos
Following the Michael Johnson Sr. hire-no hire incident, the University of Michigan has brought in a different former NFL coach. Former Minnesota Vikings QB coach Scott Turner is coming to Ann Arbor as an offensive analyst, according to MMQB.com's Albert Breer. https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/833820417559248896 Turner has spent the last three...

Lions’ strength of schedule for 2017 season ranks 21st in the NFL

NFL: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
The Detroit Lions slate of opponents for the 2017 season appears to be a bit tougher than last season. The NFL has announced every team's 16-game schedule for next year, though the official weekly schedule hasn't been released. The Detroit Lions will be facing teams...

WATCH: Former Michigan star Glenn Robinson III wins 2017 NBA Dunk Contest

NBA: All Star Saturday Nightvideo
Former Michigan Wolverine and current Indiana Pacers small forward Glenn Robinson III won the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, beating out the Phoenix Suns’ Derrick Jones Jr. in the final round, while also defeating Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon. Robinson played two...

Petr Mrazek’s insane save robs Capitals of sure goal [VIDEO]

NHL: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings
Petr Mrazek has been more like himself of late. He helped the Red Wings earn two huge points Saturday afternoon against the Washington Capitals, 3-2 in the shootout. It was this insane save that helped the Wings earn the "W" today. Mrazek made a huge...

Mark Dantonio given contract renewal by school

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
The Michigan State Univesity Board of Trustees has approved Spartans Football head coach Mark Dantonio's contract renewal for next season. School president Lou Anna K. Simon expressed confidence in Dantonio, saying that the contract renewal was a sign of faith in the coaching staff and that...

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