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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.

Despite feeling underpaid, Golden Tate wants to stay in Detroit

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate has two years left on the five-year, $31 million deal he signed with the Lions as a free agent in 2014, but he's already looking toward the future. Tate announced on Twitter on Thursday that he'd like to sign an...

Gordie Howe’s name to be removed from Stanley Cup

There will be several new names on the Stanley Cup this season, and they'll belong to either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Nashville Predators. Unfortunately, with that addition, there will also be subtraction. With this year's Cup winner, there will be no more room on...

REPORT: Red Wings parting ways with Chris Chelios

The Detroit Red Wings and Chris Chelios have parted ways. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Chelios is exploring potential opportunities with the NHLPA, and the Red Wings accommodated that by letting him go. His contract was set to expire this month. The team, however, has...

Luke Glendening undergoes ankle surgery, expected to miss 3-4 months

Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair tendon damage in his ankle, and is expected to miss the next three to four months. Glendening missed the final seven games of this past season with a fractured ankle and partially...

WATCH: The greatest fights from the late great Bob Probert

The late, great legendary enforcer Bob Probert would have turned 52 years old today. Sadly, the hockey world lost Probert back in July of 2010 after he suffered an apparent heart attack while boating out on Lake St. Clair. During his playing career, he quickly...

Steve Yzerman’s Top 5 Games as a Detroit Red Wing

Long-time Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has far too many memorable moments wearing the iconic Winged Wheel to be put into a single list, but we've narrowed down what we think are his top five games aside from the three Stanley Cup wins....

Stan Van Gundy receives the Rudy Tomjanovich Award

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Though it wasn't the season he envisioned, Detroit Pistons head coach and president Stan Van Gundy can add another notch to his repertoire of accomplishments. The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced on Friday that he'd been named as this year's recipient of the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, annually...

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has a lively discussion with Mike Valenti

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Detroit Pistons head coach and President, Stan Van Gundy, certainly isn't shy about voicing his opinion. On Wednesday afternoon, he joined Mike Valenti on 97.1 The Ticket to discuss the team's radio broadcasts returning to the station, as well as some of the issues...

Detroit Red Wings sign defenseman Libor Sulak

The Detroit Red Wings are hoping they've landed another gem. They've signed free-agent defenseman Libor Sulak, a Czech native who has played the past two years for Orli Znojmo in Eishockey Liga, the top professional Austrian League. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/867413786352812032 According to reports, Sulak's talents attracted the interest of several...

Red Wings/Pistons reveal food choices at Little Caesars Arena

Little Caesars Arena opens as the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons this fall. In addition to knowing which two teams will call the new venue home, we now know what fans will be snacking on while attending events. The sports...

REPORT: Atlanta Hawks eyeing Chauncey Billups for GM position

Chauncey Billups
Former Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups is affectionately known around the Motor City as "Mr. Big Shot". The 2004 NBA Finals MVP and five-time All-Star developed a reputation for clutch shooting and is forever enshrined in Pistons history. Now, it appears he may be...

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s OWI charge dismissed, pleads guilty to lesser charge

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
Not a whole lot went right for the Detroit Pistons this season. The team failed to build on last year's postseason appearance and were plagued by inconsistency, leading to yet another spring without playoff basketball in the Motor City. It certainly didn't help when guard...

VIDEO: Watch some of the best Bad Boys fights!

The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980's and early 1990's were affectionately known as the "Bad Boys". Their trademark tough defense and physical play led to two consecutive NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. You definitely paid the price when you played the Bad...

Top 5 Defensemen in Detroit Red Wings history

The Detroit Red Wings are known for having employed some of the greatest players in NHL history. Household names such as Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Terry Sawchuck, and others are enshrined forever in Red Wings history with their numbers retired, and their multiple accolades...

Former Pacer Stephen Jackson reveals unknown details about ‘Malice at the Palace’

Earlier this week, The Rich Eisen Show hosted former Indiana Pacers starter Stephen Jackson. He shared his inside thoughts about one of the most infamous sports moments in US history - the "Malice at the Palace."  Late in the fourth quarter of a November 19th, 2004...

It’s time. The Detroit Red Wings need to retire Sergei Fedorov’s No. 91

The Detroit Red Wings are moving into the brand new Little Caesars Arena this fall after having played at Joe Louis Arena since 1979. While the new venue promises to be a masterful state-of-the-art new home for the Original Six franchise, it won't be...

LOOK: Did a new logo for the Pistons get leaked?

The Detroit Pistons announced this past November that they'll be joining the Detroit Red Wings at the brand new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit beginning this fall. And now, it in addition to a new arena, it looks as though they may be...

DSN Exclusive Interview: 97.1 The Ticket’s Dan Leach

The sports airwaves in Detroit are dominated by 97.1 The Ticket, the leading sports station in the area. With opinionated and engaging show hosts as well as being the home of Red Wings hockey and Tigers baseball, there are few that don't have WXYT...

ESPN fires radio personality who alleged Jabrill Peppers uses drugs

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
ESPN Radio Cleveland contributor and former lingerie football player Sabrina Parr had her employment terminated after her comments regarding former University of Michigan Wolverine safety Jabrill Peppers. Despite testing positive for a dilute sample at the Combine, the Cleveland Browns took the versatile player with the 25th...

WATCH: Spartans DE Demetrius Cooper films himself violating plea deal

As if the Michigan State Spartans football team didn't already have enough off-field distractions to deal with, they received yet another on Thursday. Spartans DE Demetrius Cooper was arrested and faced a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery after allegedly spitting in the face of an East Lansing...

Despite no Red Wings, Stanley Cup Playoffs feature plenty of Michigan-made talent

For the first time since 1990, the Detroit Red Wings aren't participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, plenty of us are still watching to see who brings home the greatest trophy in all of sports. Among the eight remaining teams still playing, there are...

WATCH: Oilers fans sing US anthem after mic fails

There are often moments in sports that transcend the heat of the battles and remind us all that sportsmanship still exists. Sunday evening in Edmonton produced such a moment. Before Game 3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, Canadian...

Florida State assistant coach trolls Michigan on Twitter

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Boy, talk about shots fired! The recently completed NFL Draft saw the University of Michigan lead all schools with 11 players selected, including two in the first round for the first time since 2005. This means that since returning to Ann Arbor, head coach Jim...

Pistons submit bids to host an upcoming NBA All-Star Game

The Detroit Pistons have officially submitted bids to host an upcoming NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena. According to the team, the bids were to hold the event in either 2020 or 2021. https://twitter.com/971theticketxyt/status/857989305955962880 NBA All-Star events not only include the All-Star Game, but also...

PLAYER PROFILE: Meet new Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis

The Detroit Lions finally put to rest who they'd be taking with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Florida LB Jarrad Davis was their selection, and he's on his way to the Motor City. https://twitter.com/Lions/status/857812148176789504 At 6'1 and 238 pounds, Davis came highly...

2017 NFL Draft: Everything You Need to Know

Once again, that time of year is upon us - it's time for the NFL Draft. It's the annual rite of passage that gives a short glimmer of hope to long-suffering Detroit Lions fans that their beloved team will bring in talent to get them...

Paul McCartney’s Red Wings sticker guitar returns to Detroit this October!

Classic rock fans will be pining to get to Little Caesars Arena on October 1st when, for the third time since 2011, the Motor City will be hosting musical royalty. Sir Paul McCartney is bringing his One On One tour to Detroit on October 1! https://twitter.com/LCA_Detroit/status/856826105877196800 Of course,...

DSN Exclusive Interview: United Shore Professional Baseball League CEO Andy Appleby

The state of Michigan has always enjoyed a rich history in sports. Multiple championships over the years from the Detroit Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers captivated the city's attention and hearts, while the love-hate relationship with the Lions continues. But beyond the glory of the...

Rumor: Detroit Lions 2017 Season Schedule Leaks

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
While the official NFL schedule hasn't yet been released, the Detroit Lions reportedly know the dates of some of their games, including two Monday Night Football appearances, as well as a familiar opponent on Thanksgiving. According to WFAN's Mike Francesa, the Detroit Lions will face the...

Terry Foster officially retires from “Valenti and Foster Show”

Afternoon drive time Detroit sports talk radio is going to sound different from now on. Terry Foster, who formed one-half of the "Valenti and Foster Show", has officially called it quits, effective immediately. He'll be focusing his life on spending more time with his family...

Other teams made changes, why aren’t the Red Wings?

Following the conclusion of the disappointing 2016-17 Season, the Detroit Red Wings gathered one final time at Joe Louis Arena to clean out the dressing room before parting ways for the summer. For the first time since 1990, the Red Wings failed to qualify for...

Former Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch to retire from NFL

NFL: Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams
Former Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has decided to retire from the NFL after 11 seasons that were spent playing with the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, and most recently, the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be making the official announcement at the Lions practice facility in...

Former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk wins KHL title

Former Detroit Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk is a professional hockey champion once again, though this time not in the NHL. SKA Saint Petersburg defeated Metallurg in the KHL finals, four games to one, with the deciding game coming yesterday. Datsyuk did not dress for...

REPORT: Pistons willing to match any offer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope receives

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
The Detroit Pistons are reportedly determined to keep Kentavious Caldwell-Pope around, so much that they'd match any offer that he receives from other clubs. https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/853653748165599233 The news was first reported by Detroit Free Press writer Vince Ellis, who stated in his season review of the Pistons that several people with insider...

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Red Wings 2016-17 campaign

For the first time since 1990, the Detroit Red Wings are spectators to begin the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Simply put, their season was a major disappointment. Of course, the team had some positive moments through the 82 games, but they were overshadowed by far...

PHOTOS: Detroit Lions release new jersey for 2017

After much anticipation, the new uniforms have arrived!  With President Rod Wood, General Manager Bob Quinn and Head Coach Jim Caldwell all present, the Detroit Lions released the new uniforms they'll be wearing for the 2017 NFL Season. The unveiling took place on Thursday...

Andrew Romine “randomly” selected for drug test following first career grand-slam

The Detroit Tigers improved to 6-2 on the season with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins today at Comerica Park, and overtook the Twins for first in the divison. The game's highlight came from Tigers utility man Andrew Romine, who blasted his first career grand-slam in the...

Spartans hire Danton Cole as next hockey coach

The Michigan State Spartans mens hockey team was in need of a new coach after Tom Anastos stepped down last month after six seasons. Earlier today, they filled that vacancy with an old friend. https://twitter.com/MSU_Hockey/status/851870090438078464 Danton Cole, 50, was officially hired as head coach. He has...

Christopher Ilitch: Ken Holland is our GM now and into the future

Well, this news probably isn't what Red Wings fans were pining for. The Red Wings season officially ended on Sunday night as the team failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1990. Yet despite increased scrutiny and criticism from...

WATCH: Detroit Pistons halftime tribute video to past legends

Monday night was the final Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills. After playing in the building since 1988, the team announced this past November that they'd be joining the Detroit Red Wings in the brand new Little Caesars Arena in downtown...

VIDEO: Red Wings honor Henrik Zetterberg before 1,000th career game

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The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their final season at Joe Louis Arena with a 4-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in front of yet another sellout crowd. Before the game, the team honored captain Henrik Zetterberg with a special pre-game tribute video for...

Why the Red Wings missed the playoffs for first time since 1990

NHL: Jeff Blashill 2
The Detroit Red Wings will not participate in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1990 - a streak that lasted 25 years and was the longest active streak in professional sports. The past three years, the team has had to fight and...

Somebody pinch me! Riley Sheahan scores his first goal of season [Video]

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wildvideo
Talk about getting the monkey off your back! Maligned Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan went the entire 2016-2017 season without scoring a goal, until this afternoon. In the final game ever at Joe Louis Arena, Sheahan roofed a shot past New Jersey Devils goaltender...

So long Joe Louis Arena, and thanks for everything

The building itself was nothing really to look at. Hastily constructed and opened in December of 1979, Joe Louis Arena was the warehouse that became home to the "Dead Wings" after the team played over 50 years at Olympia Stadium. The latter hosted some of...

VIDEO: Tigers pay tribute to Mike Ilitch before home opener

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Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner, Mike Ilitch, passed away this past February at the age of 87. The Tigers unveiled a "Mr. I" logo on the infield grass on the third-base side of home plate. Additionally, the outfield grass was cut with a special...

Report: Little Caesars Arena to host 2019 Frozen Four

According to John Connolly of the Boston Herald, Little Caesars Arena will be the site of the 2019 Frozen Four. https://twitter.com/MikeMcMahonCHN/status/850136471268929536 If indeed the Frozen Four returns to the Motor City, it will be for the seventh time. The most recent came in 2010 at Ford Field, with...

Red Wings sign top draft pick Dennis Cholowski to three-year entry deal

NHL: NHL Draft
The Detroit Red Wings have come to terms on a three-year entry level contract with defenseman Dennis Cholowski. He is now eligible to join the Grand Rapids Griffins for the remainder of their season. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/849784992041496576 Cholowski, 19, was drafted by the Red Wings in the 2016...

Red Wings have lowest goal production since 1977

NHL: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings
As if this season needed another infamous "Less can be more exciting" reference, here's just the latest. In addition to missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1990, the Detroit Red Wings have put forth their lowest goal production since 1977. Currently...

Whoops! Magic accidentally leak offseason plans; current Pistons players involved

This is probably not the way the Orlando Magic planned things. Patricio Garino's agent Carlos Prunes tweeted a picture of his client signing a contract with the Magic for the remainder of the season and next season. However, in the picture's background, there was a dry-erase...

VIDEO: Evgeny Svechnikov’s shootout winning goal

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Detroit Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov made the most of his NHL debut. Just called up from Grand Rapids earlier in the day, Svechnikov scored the game-winning shootout goal for the Red Wings against the Ottawa Senators in front of a packed Joe Louis Arena...

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