Sniper Mentality: Martin Frk Aims at Becoming a ‘Shoot First Player’

Frk1There isn’t anyone more disappointed in his first professional hockey season than Martin Frk. Big things were expected from the 49th overall selection in the 2012 NHL entry draft, but spending significant time in Toledo of the ECHL was not one of them. Frk was demoted after having difficulty cracking the Griffins lineup and spent 15 games with the Walleye before returning to Grand Rapids to finish the season.

“It was a hard year for me,” Frk said. “I don’t know if I didn’t come ready for the whole season, but I … Continue Reading

September 16th Game Gallery

Centre I.C.E. Announces a Second Book Signing with Mark Howe

HoweA second book signing with Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe will be held on September 19, 2014 beginning at 8:30 am until 9:30 am in the upper concourse at Centre I.C.E. Arena. Howe’s book, Gordie Howe’s Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, will be available onsite at a cost of $16 (unsigned) and $30 (signed) with a limit of two signed books per person. No other memorabilia will be signed at this event.

Mark Howe is a three-time NHL first-team All-Star defenseman and three-time Norris … Continue Reading

Transition Time: Athanasiou Ready to Start Pro Career

Athanasiou1Not much intimidates Andreas Athanasiou including transitioning to professional hockey after four OHL seasons. the 6-foot-2, 200 pound forward had his most successful campaign last season with 49 goals and 95 points in 66 games for Barrie.

“I think it was a good year,” Athanasiou said. “I was coached by Dale Hawerchuck and he taught me a lot. I had the opportunity to play and be the turn to guy.”

Despite struggling early in the season, the 20 year-old signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in November. The deal gave … Continue Reading

September 15th Game Gallery

September 11, 2014 Appearance on the Vic McCarty Show

20111223-153119.jpgI appeared on the Vic McCarty Show on September 11, 2014. We discussed the NHL prospect tournament and Red Wings training camp. To listen to the podcast click here.

Underrated Backman Quietly Making His NHL Case

Backman 2014 Mattias Backman isn’t getting the same fanfare as other Detroit prospects, but it’s not because he’s underperforming. The 6-foot-2, 176 pound defenseman has an assist and is a plus-1 through two NHL prospect tournament games for the Red Wings.

“I feel comfortable out there,” Backman said. “The rink size here is smaller, but I am learning every day. That is why I am here.”

This isn’t Backman’s first North American experience after he came over at the end of last season to finish the year with Grand Rapids of the AHL. The … Continue Reading

September 13th Game Gallery

September 13th Practice Gallery

Ryan Sproul: Leading by Example

Sproul1Ryan Sproul is leading by example at the 2014 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, MI. The big defenseman notched the Red Wings game tying goal leading to the eventual 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues in the Wings opening game.

“I am an older guy now,” he said. “I think it’s my third or fourth camp now so I am definitely trying to be a leader out there. It’s just a learning process and I remember the older guys helping me when I was new, so now its my turn.”

The 6-foot-4, … Continue Reading

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