Former Griffins defenseman Brett Skinner catches up with Bob Kaser in Griffins’ latest ‘Blasts from the Past’ interview

Former Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brett Skinner spoke with Griffins play-by-play announcer Bob Kaser in the latest episode of “Blasts from the Past”:

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill discusses pandemic-related preparedness practices with Eisenhower Eagles high school team

The Macomb Daily’s George Pohly reports that Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill reached out to a local high school hockey team to discuss ways in which to deal with the pause in Michigan’s high school athletics recently:

Prep hockey players got a surprise when they joined a state-wide online meeting to talk about the pause that hit their season just as games were about to begin. Jeff Blashill, coach of the Detroit Red Wings, shared ideas about how the players could cope with what’s supposed to be a three-week shutdown.

“He talked about the focus that makes good players great,” Bob Hall, the Eisenhower coach, said Tuesday. “He had so much good insight. He talked about the importance of pushing to be successful and what to do in this down time.”

After the meeting, Hall asked his players to tell him via text message one tip they picked up from Blashill.

“I was bombarded with fantastic information,” Hall said. “My players really took it to heart and listened to Jeff Blashill’s message. It was an awesome exchange. It was fun to be a part of it.”

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Prospect Round-up: Hronek scores, Zadina 2A, Lindstrom 2A, Rasmussen with 8 shots on a busy day in Europe

Of prospect-related note from earlier today:

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Gustav Berglund had an assist, finishing at +1 with 4 shots in 17:25 played as Vasteras IK won 4-1 over MODO Hockey. William Wallinder finished at -1 with 2 shots in 20:37 played for MODO:

Gustav Lindstrom had 2 assists, finishing at +3 with 1 shot and 6 penalty minutes in 22:01 played as Almtuna IS won 8-5 over Vita Hasten. Filip Larsson served as the back-up goaltender.

Lindstrom got 2 for charging and 2 for abuse of officials on the same play:

In the ICE Hockey League, Michael Rasmussen had an assist, finishing even with 8 shots in the Graz99ers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Bulls Salzburg. Jesper Eliasson was the back-up for Salzburg;

In the Czech Extraliga, Jan Bednar was the back-up goaltender in HC Energie Karlovy Vary’s 4-3 win over Bili Tygri Liberec;

Filip Zadina had 2 assists, finishing at +1 with 1 shot in 15:45 played as HC Ocelari Trinec won 4-2 over HC VERVA Litvinov:

Continue reading Prospect Round-up: Hronek scores, Zadina 2A, Lindstrom 2A, Rasmussen with 8 shots on a busy day in Europe

DetroitRedWings.com’s McWethy annotates Shawn Horcoff’s ‘Red & White Authority’ appearance

Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff spoke with DetroitRedWings.com’s Art Regner last month, addressing a number of topics on The Red & White Authority podcast, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Brett McWethy posted an article annotating some of Horcoff’s comments:

On Filip Zadina
“It’s important that Z’s playing. He’s a guy that really developed a lot last year, and it was important for us to have him get reps. Get out there, play in the game. He put a lot of good effort in this offseason. He put on strength, and his skating looks better. He’s scored some nice goals over there. So it’s good that he’s playing, and he should be in a lot better situation coming into Training Camp.”

On Filip Hronek
“We’re happy that he’s playing. He’s playing very well. He plays on the National Team, and did very well for them. One of the best defensemen in the tournament. So he’s progressing nicely.”

On Michael Rasmussen
“Rass is another guy that we found a place for him to play, because he really, this offseason, found a new dedication to himself, to his game, wanting to get better. He’s ready, he feels like he’s ready to make that next step. Put a lot of work in on skating and off the ice. It was important for him to get into a league, into a competitive situation playing games. He’s doing that now.”

On Moritz Seider
“In my opinion, he’s playing in the best league in the world. He’s stepped right in and played top minutes, all situations, and has done very, very well. That’s not easy to do at his age. Mo continues his progress, and we’re excited about his development.”

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Elmer Soderblom’s World Junior Championship status is in danger due to another injury

HockeyNews.se’s Mattias Ek and Henrik Sjoberg posted an article explaining that Red Wings prospect and Frolunda Indians forward Elmer Soderblom, who is attempting to return from a foot injury prior to the World Junior Championship, had to leave Frolunda’s Friday practice.

Frolunda coach Roger Ronnberg would only tell Ek and Sjoberg that Frolunda’s medical team will determine whether Soderblom can play tomorrow; Rakapuckar’s Henrik Leman also reported that Soderblom had to leave practice early, and that Soderblom texted that he’s “day to day” with whatever injury is bothering him.

Long story long, Soderblom, who Ek and Sjoberg duly note tantalizes with his 6’7″ size, is battling another injury, and that seems to be the case fairly regularly for the big middle-six forward.

Evgeny Svechnikov, coach Jeff Blashill and Max Bultman’s ‘The Word on Woodward’ interviews

If you’re interested, Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov and coach Jeff Blashill appeared on “The Word on Woodward” today, and here are their interviews:

The Athletic’s Max Bultman gave an interview as well:

USA Hockey Arena asks fans to help ‘virtual teddy bear toss’ via $5 donations

This is kind of neat: As USA Hockey Arena can’t hold its annual Teddy Bear Toss, they’re asking fans to donate $5 via their in-arena restaurant, C.J.’s Brewing Company’s online ordering to “toss” a virtual teddy bear, thus benefiting the United Way of Plymouth.

It’s hard to discern whether you have to make a physical food order at C.J.’s Brewing Company to “toss” the teddy bear, but I have a feeling that they’ll work the details out.

Prospect Round-up: Berggren returns to Skelleftea lineup with 2 assists

Of prospect-related note:

In the Belarusian League, Kirill Tyutyayev finished with 3 shots in Yunost Minsk’s 1-0 win over Neman;

In the SHL, Joe Veleno finished at -1 with 4 shots in 16:16 played during the Malmo Redhawks’ 5-3 loss to Lulea Hockey;

Moritz Seider finished at -1 with 1 shot in 21:22 played as Rogle BK lost 2-1 to Linkopings HC:

Continue reading Prospect Round-up: Berggren returns to Skelleftea lineup with 2 assists

Filip Zadina asks for a voting hand on Twitter

Filip Zadina is asking fans to vote for his goal scored against Red Wings teammate Filip Hronek for the “Golden Helmet” award on Hokej.cz. The “Zlata helma Sencor” award names the best play in the Czech Extraliga for a given month, with the monthly winners advancing to the year’s top play awards.