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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.

ICYMI: Red Wings bolster team on Day 1 of NHL free agency

The Detroit Red Wings concluded a busy first day of free agency after retaining one of their speediest forwards and adding three new faces to the roster. Detroit was able to avoid losing forward Darren Helm to free-agency by signing him to a five-year deal worth...

Red Wings sign veteran Steve Ott

The Detroit Red Wings have added some toughness to their roster. In addition to the signings of Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek, Detroit has agreed to terms on a one year, $800K deal with veteran forward Steve Ott. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/748978166505562112 A native of Prince Edward Island, Ott is a...

Report: Red Wings now eyeing Milan Lucic and Frans Nielsen

Fans of the Detroit Red Wings, who were hoping to see prized free agent Steven Stamkos don the Winged Wheel next season, were disappointed on Wednesday. He decided to forgo free agency and re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning before his status as the most...

Pavel Datsyuk close to signing KHL deal

Pavel Datsyuk is set to sign his new contract in the KHL after deciding to forgo the final year of his contract with the Detroit Red Wings. According to hockey analyst (and former Red Wings defenseman) Aaron Ward, the deal is for two years at...

Alexander Radulov won’t join Red Wings or NHL this season

The Detroit Red Wings were reportedly interested earlier this month in signing former Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov to a possible one-year deal. Radulov last played in the NHL in 2012 and has been playing in the KHL for CSKA Moscow. However, due to Radulov's asking...

Are the Red Wings the frontrunners to land Steven Stamkos?

Upon the announcement that Pavel Datsyuk was forgoing the final year of his contract with the Red Wings to return home to Russia, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland reported that he wasn't overly optimistic that he'd be able to trade the final year of the...

Red Wings release Traverse City dates

The Detroit Red Wings have released the schedule for the annual events that take place at Traverse City's Center I.C.E. Arena. In addition to the Red Wings training camp, Center I.C.E. Arena also hosts their development camp, as well as the NHL prospects tournament. The...

WATCH: Every Pavel Datsyuk playoff goal

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Pavel Datsyuk was just a rookie forward on Detroit's stacked 2002 Stanley Cup-winning team. He would score 42 goals in his playoff career with the Red Wings. Sit back and enjoy reliving them!

Holland: Trading Howard may be best option

The emergence of Petr Mrazek has made Jimmy Howard expendable. Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland indicated that both sides moving on might be the best option. “It (trading Howard) might be good for some careers and good for the organization. I’ve thought about it...

FBF: Detroit Red Wings repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 1998

June 16, 1998: The Detroit Red Wings dominance of the hockey world continues as they raised the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year. No other team was able to repeat as Stanley Cup champions until the Pittsburgh Penguins did so just this past...

Former Red Wings announcer Dave Strader diagnosed With cancer

Sad news in the world of hockey - former Red Wings announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer. Strader served as Detroit's play-by-play announcer from 1985 through 1996. He then moved on to announcing games for ABC/ESPN. In addition to calling nationally televised games,...

Penguins capture 2016 Stanley Cup over Sharks

For the fourth time in their history and first since 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup champions, defeating the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals by a 3-1 score. Kris Letang's go-ahead goal at 7:46 of...

Penguins, Sharks honor Gordie Howe during warmups [w/ Video]

The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins both paid their respects to the late Gordie Howe, who passed away Friday at the age of 88. Both teams wore a social decal on their helmets during the pre-game warmups of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup...

Datsyuk, Red Wings delay meeting in wake of Howe’s passing

Pavel Datsyuk is still contemplating returning to Russia, foregoing the final year of his contract with the Red Wings. However, the meeting between Datsyuk and the Red Wings to discuss his future that was scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed to the following week following...

Getting to know John Torchetti

The Red Wings filled the second half of their assistant coach vacancy Thursday with the hiring of John Torchetti. He joins a re-tooled Detroit coaching staff that now includes former Bruins assistant Doug Houda and former Grand Rapids goaltending coach Jeff Salajko. A native of...

Fire Breaks Out at Pontiac Silverdome

The once proud Pontiac Silverdome continues to go down the tubes. Authorities say that a fire broke out in the press box area of the former home of the Detroit Lions and was extinguished Tuesday morning. The fire had apparently been burning throughout the night...

Red Wings extend offers to Helm, Miller

The Red Wings have reportedly extended contract offers to two of their players slated to become free agents on July 1 - Darren Helm and Drew Miller. Helm appeared in 77 games this past season with the Red Wings, scoring 13 goals to go with...

Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett, 19, dies in drowning accident

Sad news to report in the world of college athletics. Vanderbilt University pitcher Donny Everett drowned Thursday night while on a fishing trip at Normandy Lake in Tennessee's Coffee County. He was 19 years old. According to police reports, Everett was fishing with two teammates on...

Detroit speaking to ex-Ottawa coach Dave Cameron

The Red Wings have already filled one half of their assistant coaching vacancy, and now have their sights set on the second half. They've received permission to speak with former Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron about joining head coach Jeff Blashill's staff, which...

Red Wings’ 2016 preseason schedule released

The Detroit Red Wings have announced their preseason schedule for the 2016-17 season. The games include match-ups against the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins, as well as two games against the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Here is the schedule: September 27: Pittsburgh @ Detroit,...

Red Wings sign Dylan Sadowy to three-year deal

The Red Wings have announced the signing of Dylan Sadowy to a three year entry-level contract today. This comes less than a week after the Red Wings acquired him from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2017...

Sharks, Penguins begin battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup

The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are the last two teams standing of the sixteen that qualified for 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is San Jose's first ever trip to the Finals in their history, while Pittsburgh will attempt to win their fourth Cup...

Red Wings’ top 5 free-agent targets

After their third consecutive first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to bolster their lineup to get back into the contending position their fans have grown accustomed to. Their most urgent need is scoring after finishing 23rd...

Larkin on North America’s World Cup roster

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been named to Team North America's 23 man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. In addition to his strong rookie campaign with the Red Wings, Larkin continued to impress on the international stage, representing the United...

Why the Red Wings should trade for Corey Perry

Even though you most likely read that title and scoffed, hear me out. The Detroit Red Wings' offense needs help. Goal scoring was down this season from last, and every player on the roster took a step backwards in terms of overall offensive production. If...

Nyquist pulled from Belmont Stakes

Kentucky Derby winning horse Nyquist has been pulled out of the Belmont Stakes on June 11 due to a blood disorder. Nyquist, who is coming off a third place finish in last weekend's Preakness, will have to undergo an antibiotic treatment. The condition was revealed...

Happy birthday Kris Draper!

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One of the members of the famed "Grind Line", Kris Draper will forever be remembered by Detroit Red Wings fans for his hard work and contributions to four Stanley Cup championships in 11 years. Today is his birthday, and we'll celebrate by re-living his...

WATCH: Cameron Maybin hits first HR of 2016

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Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin has been a welcome addition to the lineup. Since his return on Monday, Maybin came into Saturday's game 8 for 13 in his first four games and the team went 3-1 in those games. In the 3rd inning in Saturday's game...

Dylan Larkin named USA’s player of game in loss to Canada

The bad news is that the United States fell to Canada in the semifinals at the World Championships. The good news is that Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was named player of the game for the U.S. squad. His two assists in the contest...

Getting to know Jeff Salajko, the Red Wings’ new goaltending coach

The Detroit Red Wings have promoted Jeff Salajko from his position in Grand Rapids to be the full-time goaltending coach in Detroit. This will be his first season as the crease boss of the Red Wings, who had relied on Jim Bedard for nearly two...

Red Wings expected to interview Todd Richards

The Detroit Red Wings have already filled one half of their two assistant coaching vacancies with the hiring of former Bruins assistant and former Detroit draft pick Doug Houda. They have a good idea on who they'd like to hire to fill the second...

Andreas Athanasiou scores breakaway goal for Griffins [Video]

We already know that Andreas Athanasiou has some sick speed and some just as slick moves. He showed both on Saturday night in the Grand Rapids Griffins' Game 5 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. https://twitter.com/griffinshockey/status/731652177622642689 The Griffins would win the...

WATCH: Joe Louis Tribute Video

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Born in Alabama, adopted by Detroit. Boxing great and Motor City icon Joe Louis would have been 103 years old today. Detroiters are reminded daily of his legend while passing the "Fist" in Hart Plaza, as well as the Red Wings playing in the venue named...

Getting to know new Wings assistant coach Doug Houda

The Red Wings have hired an old friend as an assistant to head coach Jeff Blashill. Doug Houda returns to the Red Wings as an assistant coach after having spent the last 10 years as an assistant with the Boston Bruins. He will work with...

3 options the Red Wings have for assistant coaching vacancies

The Red Wings have two assistant coaching vacancies to fill before the start of the 2016-17 Season. Tony Granato accepted the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin, while Pat Ferschweiler was reassigned to Detroit's press box. The good news is the Red Wings...

Little Caesars Arena won’t have LED roof

The recently named Little Caesars Arena is coming along nicely, and is scheduled to open in time for the 2017-18 season. Fans are excited for the new building, but it was recently revealed that the new home of the Detroit Red Wings will be...

LOOK: Bishop Designs paints Star Wars mask for May 4th

Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs is at it again, and this time with a special Star Wars twist. The renowned artist, whose clientele includes Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard and Vancouver Canucks goaltender (and MSU alum) Ryan Miller, put out an eye-catching design for...

Injured Drew Miller wants to return to the Red Wings

One of the most underrated penalty-killing forwards in the league, Drew Miller's season was cut short by injuries, appearing in only 28 games during Detroit's 2015-16 campaign. He had previously played in 164 consecutive regular season games the past two years. He's set to become...

Abdelkader played in playoffs with dislocated finger

There's a good reason why Justin Abdelkader wasn't able to engage Lightning forward Brian Boyle at the hostile end of Game 3 of Detroit's five game opening round against the Tampa Bay Lightning - he was playing with a dislocated left ring finger. While this...

Ken Holland not exactly instilling confidence

During his year-end press conference, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said that fans need to expect less, and that if they expect Stanley Cups each year, they're following the wrong league. In addition, he also said that expecting less "can be more exciting",...

Ken Holland’s end-of-year comments [Video]

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Missed opportunities define Red Wings’ season

It's another early summer in Hockeytown. For the third consecutive season, the Detroit Red Wings failed to advance past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's been a distant eight years since they've drank from the Stanley Cup. And it's been at least...

NHL doubles down on object throwing

Everyone's favorite sports commissioner is at it again. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has reiterated his desire to not see fans throw objects on the ice. While it wasn't an open shot at the infamous Detroit fan tradition of throwing octopi onto the ice, it wouldn't have...

Special teams doom Red Wings in Game 4, must find life in Game 5

The Detroit Red Wings entered Game 4 of their best of seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning in front of their home fans with a chance to tie the series at two games apiece. They didn't get it done, largely because their special...

Just In: Petr Mrazek, Brendan Smith return to lineup

The Detroit Red Wings find themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 series lead in their opening round match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In an effort to get the momentum back on their side, they're turning to last year's playoff starting goaltender...

Why isn’t Anthony Mantha playing?

While the Detroit Red Wings are searching for answers as to why they haven't been able to contain Tampa Bay's "Triplets" line, fans are also searching for an answer from the Red Wings' brass - why is Joakim Andersson considered more important than Anthony...

Detroit has advantage over banged-up Tampa Bay

Last year, the Detroit Red Wings weren't able to overcome a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning squad and ultimately lost their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with them in seven games, despite having held a one-game lead twice. This time around though, it's different. Tampa Bay will be...

97.1 The Ticket re-signs host Mike Valenti

You may love him, you may hate him. But he's here to stay long term on Detroit's airwaves. 97.1 The Ticket has announced the re-signing of opinionated and abrasive on-air personality Mike Valenti to a multi-year deal. He's one half of the highly popular Valenti...

Tomas Tatar gets big assist from Royal Oak FD

Just about all of us have done it at one point or another - locking ourselves out of our house or car. Being a professional athlete is no defense from this problem, and the latest victim is Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar. He accidentally...

Jimmy Howard has earned playoff start

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was essentially surpassed as starting goalie by Petr Mrazek at the end of last season. Mrazek started all seven of Detroit's playoff games against Tampa Bay last spring, and was a huge reason why the series went the...

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