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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.

Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 Outlook: Riley Sheahan

RILEY SHEAHAN POSITION: Center AGE: 24 CONTRACT: 2016-17 is the first of a two year, $4,150,000 contract signed by Sheahan. His cap hit this year is $2,075,000. 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 81 games, 14 goals, 11 assists, 12 PIM, -8 rating 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: Five games, 0 goals, one assist, even...

Red Wings waive Frk, Jensen, and three others

The Detroit Red Wings made a round of roster moves today, waiving forwards Mitch Callahan, Martin Frk, and Eric Tangradi, and defensemen Nick Jensen and Brian Lashoff. https://twitter.com/RedWingsFeed/status/784863709034188800 Martin Frk is perhaps the candidate to be most likely claimed by another team. He's coming off a...

Red Wings’ Ben Street hospitalized after taking skate to face

Detroit Red Wings forward Ben Street is in stable condition following a frightening incident on the ice during Detroit's tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Hamilton, Ontario. Street was struck near the neck accidentally by the skate of falling Maple Leafs player Justin Holl,...

Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 Outlook: Niklas Kronwall

NIKLAS KRONWALL POSITION: Defense AGE: 35 CONTRACT: The 2016-17 Season will be the 5th of a seven year, $33,250,000 contract signed by Kronwall. His cap hit this year is $4,750,000. 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 63 games, three goals, 23 assists, 30 PIM, -21 rating 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: Five games,...

Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 Outlook: Drew Miller

DREW MILLER POSITION: Left Wing AGE: 32 CONTRACT: Miller signed a one-year, $1.025 million extension with Detroit this off-season; his cap hit is the same. 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 28 games, one goal, one assist, 2 PIM, -5 rating 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: DNP CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATS: 516 games, 57 goals, 58 assists, 118 PIM,...

Henrik Zetterberg to Return Saturday vs. Maple Leafs

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will make his pre-season debut during Detroit's pre-season finale Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena. Though originally thought to be questionable for Detroit's regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 13,...

Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 Outlook: Steve Ott

POSITION: Center AGE: 34 CONTRACT: Ott signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Detroit during the summer of 2016; his cap hit is also $800,000. 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 21 games, two assists, 34 PIM, -3 rating 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: Nine games, one assist, 8 PIM, +1 rating CAREER REGULAR SEASON...

2016-17 Red Wings Outlook: Frans Nielsen

FRANS NIELSEN POSITION: Center AGE: 32 CONTRACT: 2016-17 will be the first year of a six year, $31,500,000 deal signed this summer. His cap hit is $5,250,000. 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 81 games, 20 goals, 32 assists, 12 PIM, +1 rating 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: 11 games, three goals, three assists,...

2016-17 Red Wings Outlook: Petr Mrazek

PETR MRAZEK POSITION: Goaltender AGE: 24 CONTRACT: 2016-17 is the first year of a two-year, $8 million deal. His cap hit this year is $4 million. 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 54 games, 27-16-6 record, 2.33 GAA, .921 save percentage, four shutouts CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATS: 94 games, 46-30-8 record, 2.29...

Projected Red Wings lineups vs. Bruins

The Detroit Red Wings will look to make it two consecutive preseason wins when they visit the Boston Bruins tonight at TD Garden at 7:00 EST. Unfortunately, just like last night's game, this won't be televised. We're hearing that the game will be streamed live...

2016-17 Red Wings Outlook: Dylan Larkin

POSITION: Center AGE: 20 CONTRACT: 2016-17 will be the second year of a three-year entry level deal. His cap his this season is $925,000. 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 80 games, 23 goals, 22 assists, 34 PIM, +11 rating 2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: Five games, one goal, 18 penalty minutes, -2...

VIDEO: Tomas Tatar’s OT goal sends Europe to WC Final

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is currently suiting up for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey, and will re-join the Red Wings once the tournament is finished. However, Tatar guaranteed that his stay at the World Cup will be extended a bit...

Gus Nyquist ‘excited’ to have a bounce-back year in 2016-17

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist emerged as a go-to leader of Detroit's offensive game in his first two full years in the NHL, tallying 55 goals. He was awarded with a four-year, $19 million extension in July of 2015. But last season, he failed...

Red Wings reveal 2016 training camp roster and teams

The Detroit Red Wings have released their 2016 training camp roster. Camp begins September 23 at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, MI and runs through the 26th. They won't have their full roster available until the conclusion of the World Cup of Hockey. Justin...

Report: Niklas Kronwall uncertain for start of season

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall isn't playing for Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey due to a lingering knee injury. That may carry over into Red Wings training camp and the exhibition season. "Finding a way to play with what's going on,"...

Red Wings giving Dan Cleary training camp tryout

The Detroit Red Wings and Dan Cleary just can't let go of each other. The Red Wings have given him yet another opportunity to make the team by way of a training camp tryout. https://twitter.com/AnsarKhanMLive/status/776925645641101312 We're assuming this GIF covers the reaction of most when they...

Report: Shawn Horcoff to join Red Wings Staff

Elliot Friedman of Sportsnet has reported that NHL veteran Shawn Horcoff is retiring and will be joining the Detroit Red Wings in a player development role. https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/776822875143540736 Horcoff was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry draft, and spent...

Happy Birthday, Anthony Mantha!

Highly-touted Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. He got his first taste of the NHL last season, scoring two goals in 10 games played with Detroit. Let's take a look back at his first NHL goal against the Montreal...

PHOTOS: Jimmy Howard’s New 2016-17 Mask

Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs has done it again. Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has utilized Bishop's artwork on his masks for years now. Like teammate Petr Mrazek, Howard decided to pay tribute to Detroit's final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving into...

4 Red Wings to suit up for World Cup of Hockey

Though they are now teammates on the Detroit Red Wings, forwards Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen, Tomas Tatar and Tomas Vanek are currently opponents playing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. Larkin currently plays for Team North America, while Nielsen, Tatar and Vanek are suiting up...

Brendan Shanahan fondly remembers The Joe

Former Detroit Red Wings sniper Brendan Shanahan shared some of his fondest memories of Joe Louis Arena before his induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. "In an age where athletes are walking through well-lit, red-carpeted back corridors to their dressing rooms, the path to our...

On This Day: KHL team plane crashes, takes lives of three former Red Wings among 44

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the crash of the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team plane, which ultimately claimed 44 of the 45 lives on board. Among those lost included former Detroit Red Wings defenseman and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, defenseman Ruslan Salei, and goaltending prospect Stefan Liv. The team...

PHOTO: Petr Mrazek’s new mask is a living tribute

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek recently revealed his special mask he'll be wearing for the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this fall. Now he's shown us the mask he'll be wearing with the Red Wings this year. As with his previous masks, this...

Red Wings news: Newest jersey numbers are here!

The Detroit Red Wings announced the jersey numbers that their three off-season acquisitions will be wearing this season, as well as two players who decided to switch numbers from what they'd previously worn with the team. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/771014669830066176 Frans Nielsen will wear no. 51, the same number...

Detroit Red Wings Jeff Blashill: “Start your engines!”

Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill served as grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 this past Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. In addition to riding in a pace car, Blashill also gave the command to "Start your engines!" “It’s an...

Red Wings second-round draft pick Filip Hronek commits Saginaw Spirit

Detroit Red Wings draft pick Filip Hronek will be suiting up for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit this season. https://twitter.com/SpiritHockey/status/769243349954007041 The 6-foot, 163-pound defenseman was originally selected by the Red Wings 53rd overall in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft; his Canadian Hockey League rights...

PHOTO: Petr Mrazek’s World Cup mask is quite catchy

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek will represent the Czech Republic during the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this fall. To mark the occasion, he had a special mask designed for use during the tournament by artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, whose clientele include...

Tomas Jurco out 4-6 weeks after ‘minor’ back surgery

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco underwent minor back surgery after injuring himself while training for the upcoming season in Slovakia, and is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks. Jurco isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp, and may also...

Red Wings’ Larkin could shift to center this year

During an interview with NHL.com's Dan Rosen, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland revealed that second-year forward Dylan Larkin could move back to his natural center position. "That's our plan going into camp," said Holland. "He's obviously been a center his entire life.......our plan is...

Get Well Soon, Terry Foster!

Detroit sports radio personality and former Detroit Pistons writer Terry Foster is currently recovering after suffering a minor stroke, and is expected to be off the air until early October. The good news is that he's expected to make a full recovery. He released an update...

WATCH: Thomas Vanek 2015-16 Highlights

After signing Frans Nielsen, the Detroit Red Wings acted quickly and inked Thomas Vanek to a one-year deal. The former 40-goal is expected to add some offensive punch to Detroit's lineup. Let's take a look back at his highlights from last season as a...

Detroit Red Wings: Frans Nielsen 2015-2016 Highlights [Video]

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Frans Nielsen left the New York Islanders this summer to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, helping to offset the loss of Pavel Datsyuk. For fans who aren't familiar with Nielsen, here's a lo0k back at his highlights from last season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPUdtHEQwf0

Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin to take flight with Breitling Jet Team

Detroit Red Wings forwards Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin are already known for flying down the ice. Now, they're taking to the skies. They will be riding alongside members of the Breitling Jet Team this Thursday. They'll take off from Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti...

LOOK: Olympic cyclist’s helmet has a local flair

American cyclist Kristin Armstrong put the finishing touches on her third consecutive gold medal win in the Olympic cycling individual time trial Wednesday before celebrating her 43rd birthday the next day. Not a bad week. Hockey fans will recognize the familiar flair on her helmet artwork, which...

Patrick Roy resigns as Avalanche coach

Former Detroit Red Wings nemesis Patrick Roy has resigned as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, a position he had held since 2013. In addition, Roy is also resigning as vice president of hockey operations, effectively terminating his professional relationship with the Avalanche. Roy returned to...

Tigers recall Warwick Saupold from Toledo, place Cameron Maybin on the DL

The Detroit Tigers are getting some bullpen help. They've recalled right-hander Warwick Saupold following Tuesday night's 15-inning marathon against the Seattle Mariners. https://twitter.com/jwagnerblade/status/763471053335175169 Saupold's stay in the big leagues may be short stayed, however. Bruce Rondon is expected to re-join the team from the paternity list...

Report: Prince Fielder’s career may be over

According to multiple reports, former Detroit Tiger Prince Fielder's career is over following his second neck surgery last month in just over two years. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/763075171334795265 Fielder, currently with the Texas Rangers, required a cervical fusion to repair a herniated disk. Over the first eight seasons of his...

WATCH: KHL Defenseman Attempts to Fight Everyone

Talk about a hothead! A pre-season game between the KHL's Kazakhstan-based club Barys Astana and the China-based Kunlun Red Star was suspended just minutes after the opening face-off. The reason? Barys defenseman Damir Ryspayev decided to turn into a one-man wrecking crew and attempt to fight everyone he...

Red Wings prospects ranked No. 21 in NHL

The Detroit Red Wings and their fans have every reason to feel optimistic about the team's future. Their plethora of young talent waiting in the wings (pun?) is enough to make anyone have confidence that the Red Wings will be able to continue their...

Happy Birthday Dylan Larkin! [Video]

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Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin exploded onto the scene during the 2015-2016 NHL season, and quickly became an integral part of Detroit's offense. He scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, and hasn't looked back. He's viewed as one of...

Happy Birthday Xavier Ouellet!

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The Detroit Red Wings have a plethora of young, promising defensemen currently being groomed in Grand Rapids as members of Detroit's AHL affiliate. Perhaps the most promising is Xavier Ouellet, who has already seen NHL action and is on the verge of taking the...

Petr Mrazek career highlights [Video]

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Petr Mrazek has emerged as the starting goaltender of the Detroit Red Wings, and was recently signed to a new contract to keep him in Hockeytown for the next two seasons. Let's re-live some of his best saves in the Winged Wheel so far! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90-_89q6INo

MLB, NHL to begin streaming live games on Twitter

Fans will soon be able to watch baseball and hockey games on Twitter. Twitter announced that it will begin live-streaming games from the NHL and MLB, in addition to a new nightly show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports. They'll be available once per...

Red Wings re-sign Mitch Callahan to one-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings have made an additional roster move today, inking prospect forward Mitch Callahan to a one-year deal. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/756194556924858368 The contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 in the minors. However, Callahan will likely be exposed to waivers for the third time...

Brad Richards announces retirement from the NHL

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Brad Richards is officially hanging up his skates. https://twitter.com/NHLPA/status/755850599552266240 Richards, 36, spent 15 seasons in the NHL and suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and most recently, the Detroit Red Wings. He is a...

Luke Glendening excited to return to Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening was a walk-on at the University of Michigan and ended up earning their captaincy. Now, he's under contract with Detroit through the 2020-21 Season. After signing a four year, $7.2 million deal ($1.8 million cap hit), he reiterated how fortunate...

Red Wings ink D Filip Hronek to entry-level deal

The Detroit Red Wings made another roster move Thursday, signing prospect defenseman Filip Hronek to a three-year entry-level deal. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/753672968669192194 Hronek, 18, was selected 53rd overall in the second round of this year's NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo. Known as a solid two-way defender, the Czech...

Red Wings re-sign Pulkkinen to a one-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up another one of their young assets, re-signing forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year deal. The Red Wings official twitter feed broke the news with a nod to the popular Pokémon app craze: https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/753242598102429696 Injuries limited Pulkkinen to only 36 games last...

Due to World Cup, several Red Wings won’t participate in Camp

The Detroit Red Wings will have their annual training camp at Traverse City's Center ICE Arena starting September 23, but not every player on their roster will be able to participate. The World Cup of Hockey begins September 17 and runs through October 1 at...

Detroit’s search for top-3 defenseman may have to wait

The Detroit Red Wings have had a busy 2016 off-season so far. They managed to trade the $7.5M contract of Pavel Datsyuk to the Arizona Coyotes and later snagged free agents Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott while re-signing Darren Helm, Alexey Marchenko, and Drew Miller. However, their...

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