Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
- The Red Wings and Tigers have partnered with a company called KultureCity to avoid creating sensory overload at their facilities:
You can read more about the partnership here;
2. The Toledo Walleye have made a player signing today, hoping to bolster their scoring with forward Greg Wolfe. From the ECHL:
Forward Greg Wolfe has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2018-19 season.
The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
A native of Canton, Michigan, Wolfe joins the Walleye following a year in Norway in which he collected 33 points (16g-17a) in 26 contests for Sparta Sarpsborg. Since finishing his college career at Michigan State University, Wolfe bounced between the AHL and the ECHL for three seasons. In 23 AHL contests, the 28-year-old tallied two assists playing in 23 games with Iowa and Albany. In 174 career ECHL games with Adirondack, Alaska and Reading, he has produced 139 points (55g-84a).
The biggest point production for Wolfe came in his rookie season with the Alaska Aces when he landed 60 points (22g-38a) in 59 games. In both 2015-16 and 2016-17 with Adirondack, he finished with 40 points and 36 points respectively. A captain in both his junior and senior seasons at Michigan State, Wolfe appeared in 147 games with 89 points (35g-54a). As a senior in 2013-14, he picked up a college best 31 points (13g-18a) in 36 contests. Wolfe was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor on June 6, 2014 after graduating with a 3.6 grade-point average.
3. This is tangentially Red Wings-related, but The Athletic’s Joe Smith penned an article discussing the friendship between Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, now-Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill:
They call it the “Champion’s League.”
There’s no big-money purse for this informal golf outing each summer in Michigan, but plenty of bragging rights. And bruised egos.
“You’ve got to have a really thick skin,” said Bob Daniels, long-time Ferris State University hockey coach.
The members you may know. Lightning coach Jon Cooper, 50, and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, 44, are the headliners, along with Daniels, who is dubbed “The Godfather” after his three decades on the Big Rapids, Michigan, campus.
Blashill’s brother, Tim, who works at Ferris with Daniels, plays, as does Lightning video coach Brian Garlock, a former Ferris student.
Another regular is Derek Lalonde, 45, who was recently added to Cooper’s Lightning staff as an assistant.
The story continues (paywall)