Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EDT Apr 21, 2019 Admit it. You were smiling. Steve Yzerman was back. Storm clouds parted. Rainbows appeared. The Stanley Cup posters in your basement were vibrating. Somewhere, the band who did “Hey, Hey, Hockeytown!” was tuning up. Steve Yzerman will run the Detroit Red Wings. It’s like Jon Snow in charge of the North. Richie Cunningham taking over Al’s Diner. There was a feel-good aura to this move that spread through the Twitter universe, came down through the red-lighted roof of Little Caesars Arena, and landed in the ground level media room Friday afternoon, where executives, the press, even former teammates like Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Dino Ciccarelli and Hank Zetterberg, all gathered in nodding approval. And in walked Marian Ilitch, the 86-year-old matriarch of the famous ownership family, who years ago refused to come out her room to say goodbye to Yzerman when he was leaving Detroit, for fear … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings ‘together again’
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Dana Gauruder Special to Detroit Free Press Published 5:21 PM EDT Mar 27, 2019 Taro Hirose has made a point in every NHL game he's played. That goes for the stat sheet as well as the impact he's had in a short time with the Detroit Red Wings. The former Michigan State star forward led the nation with 50 points and he's showing that knack at the pro level. He has recorded an assist in each of his four NHL games since signing a two-year, entry-level contract. He'll try to keep the streak intact when the Wings play at Buffalo on Thursday. "He knows how to get points," coach Jeff Blashill said. The Wings won three of those games, including one-goal victories on the road against Vegas and San Jose, two of the top teams in the West. Hirose has thus far exuded confidence and poise, allowing him to make a more immediate impression than the other college forward the Wings signed, Ryan Kuffner. Princeton's all-time leading goal scorer is still seeking his first NHL point after four … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Taro Hirose continues to draw high praise
By Matt Schoch Special to The Detroit News Published 8:27 PM EST Feb 15, 2019 Detroit — At polar opposite ends of their NHL careers, Niklas Kronwall and Dennis Cholowski were part of opposite deliveries on Thursday night. Kronwall, the 38-year-old Swede, delivered one of his signature hits late in a 3-2 win against Ottawa, while Cholowski was on the wrong end of some news after the game. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill informed Cholowski that he was headed back to Grand Rapids after previously spending his entire rookie season in Detroit. “We’re doing everything we can to best develop him for next fall and be the very, very best player he can be walking into camp,” Blashill said Friday. “I hope he understands the message that was given to him, and that was that we’re very, very happy with the progress he’s made and very, very happy with the long-term outlook of him as a player.” Blashill expected Cholowski to play Friday night for … [Read more...] about Red Wings Niklas Kronwall, Dennis Cholowski on opposite ends of deliveries
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 3:13 PM EST Dec 8, 2018 The Detroit Lions have finished the NFL season in second place! No, not second place in the NFL standings. Or the NFC standings. Or the NFC North standings. But it is in a meaningful category: The NFL’s most productive rookie class this year. So yes, there’s hope for your Lions after all. That hope is based on an ESPN ranking, which in turn is based on the overall grades Pro Football Focus gave to all 32 teams’ drafted and undrafted rookies through Week 13. The Lions only finished behind the champion Cleveland Browns. (Disclaimer: People like me, who write about the NFL, look for any and all opportunities to use the phrase “champion Cleveland Browns”). The Browns’ success largely hinged on Baker Mayfield, who is PFF’s 14th-highest-graded quarterback this season. But the Lions had a very strong showing. Da’Shawn Hand led the way. He ranks 12th out of 125 interior … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ rookie class ranks second in the NFL. Who knew?
Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 AM EDT Sep 16, 2018 That was no accident Friday. Hank Zetterberg said goodbye to an amazing hockey career exactly where he wanted to do it: Where it began. “Having a little media scrum in the corner, in a practice rink, in Traverse City, during training camp,” he admitted Saturday via telephone, in typical understated humility, “that was a perfect ending for me.” Off sails the captain, off sails the ship. Zetterberg’s retirement is more than just the end of a star career under a particular Red Wing banner. It’s the end of that banner. By the time the Wings hoist another Stanley Cup, they will look nothing like the team Zetterberg began on, and possibly nothing like the one he’s retiring from. Think about this. The man they call “Z” birthed his Detroit legacy by skating beside the following players, who had all hoisted a Stanley Cup a few months earlier: Steve Yzerman, Sergei … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: Henrik Zetterberg ends an era for Detroit Red Wings