Archive for June, 2008

Red Wings Honored With NHL Awards

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

The NHL honored their top stars Thursday night at the annual NHL awards.   The Red Wings had a pretty impressive showing taking home 4 awards in total.

Pavel Datsyuk won the Selke Award for top defensive forward in the NHL, and he also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the player who displays gentlemanly conduct.

Gordie Howe won the first ever lifetime achievement award.

Nick Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman for the sixth time.

Dominik Hasek was there to accept the Jennings Award on behalf of himself and Chris Osgood for goalies with the fewest goals against in the regular season.  This wasn’t really awarded during the show since it was based on stats and not votes.  It was known at the end of the regular season who the winners were.

It was great to see Datsyuk win the Selke, but at the same time it was kind of disappointing for Zetterberg.  Too bad they couldn’t have both won it.

No surprises with the Lady Byng, or the Norris.

Gordie Howe winning the lifetime achievement award was an extra special treat.  It was sure nice to see the rest of the league recognzie Mr. Hockey and show him some much deserved love.

Todd McLellan Leaving Detroit

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Todd McLellan has been hired by the San Jose Sharks to be there new head coach.  He will replace Ron Wilson who was fired this week.

McLellan was an assistant coach for the Red Wings for the past three seasons.  It was well known that it was only a matter of time before he would be offered head coaching job somewhere.  He was a great assistant coach and the Red Wings will miss him.  This should make for some interesting coaching duels when the Red Wings play the Sharks next season.

Mike Babcock Signs Three Year Contract Extension

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

The Hockey News is reporting that the Red Wings signed coach Mike Babcock to a three contract.  The announcement is expected to be made Wednesday morning.

This is great news for Red Wings fans!  He’s probably the best coach in the league right now and I think he may end up being one of the best of all time before he’s done.  The guy is hockey-smart, and people-smart.  That’s a great combination for a hockey coach.

Hasek Expected To Retire Today

Monday, June 9th, 2008

According to The Hockey News, Dominik Hasek will announce his retirement today at a press conference scheduled for 11:00AM. The official reason for the press conference has not been officially declared, but it’s been widely speculated that Hasek would retire after this season. This won’t be the first time that he’s retired, but I have a feeling that this time it’s for real.

UPDATE:
Dominik Hasek did announce his retirement on Monday.

Mystery Red Wing Drops Stanley Cup

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The Hockey News has reported that one of the Red Wings has dropped the Stanley Cup and dented it. The fall happened while the team was celebrating at Cheli’s Chili Bar. The dent was quickly repaired so no harm done. Brett Lebda is denying that he was the one who dropped it, so you know what that probably means. :-)

Parade Recap

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The Detroit Free Press reported that there were over 1.4 million people at the parade and celebration at Hart Plaza in Detroit on Friday.  It was a truly impressive crowd.  I was able to watch the whole thing via streaming video on the internet.  Channel 4 and channel 7 both had live coverage.  The aerial shots of the crowd were incredible!  It was a real treat to see the team celebrating with the home town fans.  I wish I could have been there!

Parade Update

Friday, June 6th, 2008

I just noticed that the parade is being shown on ESPN News.  I don’t know if they’ll show the whole thing but it seems like they are so far.  They’re showing the channel 7 broadcast.

Red Wings Parade

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

The city of Detroit will be holding a parade and celebration on Friday 6/6/08 at 11:00 AM to honor the Red Wings.  I haven’t found any definite TV listings yet.  It may be on the NHL network but I can’t say for sure.  It is supposed to be viewable online at clickondetroit.com.  This link should take you to the page where you can watch live: http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/10671302/index.html.  Their coverage is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM.

Full NHL Games on Hulu

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Hulu has full NHL games on available for viewing online.  If you haven’t heard of it, Hulu is a video service started by NBC and Universal.  They have full movies and TV shows that you can watch for free with just a few commercials.  The videos are good quality and look decent even in full screen.

At the moment they have game 5 of the finals available to watch but not game 6.  I suspect game 6 will be up there soon.  They also have lots of other NHL vidoes.  Check it out: http://www.hulu.com/nhl

Zetterberg Wins The Conn Smythe

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Henrik Zetterberg was awarded the 2008 Conn Smythe trophy as MVP of the playoffs.  There were a few legitimate contenders for who should get the award, but you can’t argue against Zetterberg.  He really deserves it.  He’s probably the best two way player in the game today.  Way to go!