Briefly: Filip Hronek to play for Czechs at Karjala Cup

Despite a significant number of cancellations and delays taking place across European hockey leagues due to the coronavirus, the Czech national team will be taking part in the Euro Hockey Tour’s Karjala Cup in Finland from November 3-8.

The Czechs, Finns, Swedes (including Jontan Berggren) and Russians will face off in round robin play to determine a tournament winner, and on Thursday, the Czech Ice Hockey Federation named Filip Hronek to their team.

If you’ve been wondering where Hronek and Filip Zadina have been lately, both players and their respective Czech Extraliga teams, Mountfield HK and Ocelari Trinec, are currently stuck in lockdown with the rest of the Czech Republic.

The Czechs would be holding a World Junior training camp during the November break for European hockey teams, too, but they’re unable to practice right now. That’s why you haven’t heard about Filip Zadina participating in a WJC mini-camp the way that Lucas Raymond, William Wallinder, Albert Johansson, Theodor Niederbach and Gustav Berglund are for Sweden.

Mountfield HK actually tried to head to Germany to hold a mini training camp, but the Czech and German authorities caught wind of the plan to afford Mountfield HK some ice time (as teams aren’t even allowed to practice indoors until November 20th, per Hokej.cz’s Ondrej Mach), and they shut the trip down.

The same kind of restrictions underway in most of Europe aren’t in effect in Finland, Sweden or Russia right now (we’ll see what happens with this “second wave”), so that’s why the Karjala Cup will take place (hopefully).

Prospect round-up: Finns in play and banged-up Swedes

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Eemil Viro finished at +1 in 14:41 played as TPS Turku won 2-1 over KooKoo. Victor Brattstrom didn’t dress for KooKoo;

Otto Kivenmaki had an assist and finished at -1 in 15:06, winning 56% of his faceoffs, and Kasper Kotkansalo finished at -2 in 17:15 as Assat Pori lost 5-2 to the Lahti Pelicans;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Gustav Lindstrom played only 9:51, and didn’t play in the third period in Almtuna’s 4-3 loss to Mora IK. That indicates an injury of some sort. Filip Larsson is also injured for Almtuna;

William Wallinder also didn’t play in MODO Hockey’s 2-1 loss to Vasterviks IK;

And in North America, on Thursday, in the USHL, Keith Aucoin had an assist and finished at +2 in the Tri-City Storm’s 5-2 win over Omaha.

Update: Also, regarding Frolunda Indians forward Elmer Soderblom, from The Athletic’s Max Bultman:

USA Hockey announces ‘Try Hockey For Free’ days on November 7th, February 20th

FYI from USA Hockey:

Try Hockey For Free Days Presented by SportsEngine Announced For 2020-21
Local rinks set to host Try Hockey for Free Nov. 7 and Feb. 20

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey has announced that its two national Try Hockey For Free days, presented by SportsEngine, will be held Nov. 7 and Feb. 20 this season. Children across the United States who have never tried hockey will have the chance to skate, shoot and score at their local rinks. Since the introduction of Try Hockey for Free, more than 200,000 kids have tried the sport during national events.

Host sites will provide equipment, where available, for children to borrow during Try Hockey events and no experience is needed to attend. Certified USA Hockey coaches and volunteers will be on the ice to help participants with skating and beginner hockey skills.

“We’re excited to welcome new kids and families to our sport through our Try Hockey for Free days,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “Things will look a little different than usual with the COVID precautions our host sites will have in place, but thanks to the efforts of our volunteers all across the country, kids will have a chance to try the sport in a safe and fun environment.”

Families can find the Try Hockey for Free location closest to them by entering their zip code at TryHockeyForFree.com. While the number of locations will be fewer than normal due to the varying conditions across the country, USA Hockey anticipates some 200 sites will host a Try Hockey for Free event Nov. 7.

USA Hockey’s annual Hockey Week Across America celebration will include the second national Try Hockey for Free day on Feb. 20.

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free days, with the support of the NHL and NHL member clubs, among others, are designed to provide a national platform for introducing children to the sport free of charge. They are the world’s largest introduction-to-hockey initiative, annually spanning more than 800 rinks nationwide.

CCM Hockey, Pure Hockey and SportsEngine are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free.

NOTES: Now in its 11th season, USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free initiative has introduced more than 213,950 children to the sport of hockey… USA Hockey encourages participants to post photos and videos on social media tagging @usahockey and using the hashtag #TryHockey.

Wings don’t utilize second buyout window

The Red Wings had a 24-hour window in which they could buy out players due to Tyler Bertuzzi’s election of salary arbitration, but the team chose not to place anyone on waivers for the purposes of a buyout today.

So there goes the Frans Nielsen buyout theory…

Khan profiles Donovan Sebrango

MLive’s Ansar Khan posted a profile of Red Wings prospect and Kitchener Rangers defenseman Donovan Sebrango, who was named to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Championship selection camp today:

The Detroit Red Wings selected Sebrango, from the OHL Kitchener Rangers, with the first pick in the third round of this year’s draft (63rd overall).

Sebrango (6-1, 184) was among 46 players named Thursday to Canada’s World Junior Championship evaluation camp, which runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alberta. The World Junior Championship takes place Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton.

The Red Wings drafted Sebrango mainly because of mobility.

“If you see clips of me, I think the skating is the one thing that really pops out,” Sebrango said. “I think it’s jumping in the rush, late man, and moving pucks quick and hopping in where there’s an open lane, not overextending plays or going out of my comfort zone. That’s when you have to find more offensive chances.

“But I always kind of relate to just the simple play, simple passes, tape-to-tape, and that’s where the offense will lead from.”

Continued

A pair of podcasts of note: Kulfan’s latest OctoPulse and Horcoff on TSN 1260

Of audio-related note this evening:

  1. On their “OctoPulse” podcast, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan discusses Tyler Bertuzzi’s salary arbitration hearing and interviews Mike “Doc” Emrick:

2. And Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff spoke with TSN 1260’s the Jason Gregor Show today:

Prospect Round-Up: Raymond scores for Frolunda; Tyutyayev 1+1 in Belarus

Of prospect-related note for a Thursday afternoon and evening:

In the SHL, Lucas Raymond scored a goal on 2 shots, finishing at +1 in 11:38 played as the Frolunda Indians won 3-1 over Orebro Hockey. Theodor Niederbach played 2:42 as Frolunda’s 13th forward; Orebro’s Matias Brome had 1 shot and finished at -1 in 17:11 of ice time.

Here’s Raymond’s goal, from C More Sport:

Jonatan Berggren had 1 shot and finished at -1 in 19:08 played as Skelleftea AIK lost 3-1 to Oskarshamn.

Berggren made 2 pretty plays, and a couple more, via IceHockeyGifs:

And in Belarus, Kiril Tyutyayev had a goal and an assist, finishing at +1 in Yunost Minsk’s 5-1 win over Gomel.

Emrick on the ‘voices’ of the Red Wings

Former NBC play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick appeared on 97.1 the Ticket this morning…

And 97.1 the Ticket’s Will Burchfield took note of Emrick’s remarks:

Win or lose, Emrick wants [Red Wings] fans to know they’re lucky. The voices they count on are as enduring as their hopes.

“What you have locally is not only excellence, but stability,” Emrick told the Stoney & Jansen Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “Do you know that the tandems of Ken and Paul, and Ken and Mickey are the longest-serving two tandems in their media in the league? And you have that. You have one that’s 25 years and one that’s just short of 25 years. That’s stability and that’s predictability.

“So the fans know that the fortunes of the team may change, as they have, but those guys are going to be together year after year. That’s refreshing and it’s also comfortable, to have those announcers and knowing that they’re going to be there each year.”

Continued

‘The Word on Woodward’ to discuss Bertuzzi, speak with Khan today at 12 PM EDT

From DetroitRedWings.com’s Daniella Bruce:

The #WordOnWoodward is back today at 12! We’ll be joined by @beckjason, @AnsarKhanMLive, @evanwoodbery, @ShepMatt, and more. Tune in on @DetroitRedWings and @tigers Facebook pages, YouTube Channels, and websites.— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) October 29, 2020

Quoting the Red Wings’ YouTube page:

Today’s Word on Woodward features an update on Tyler Bertuzzi being awarded a one-year contract, the Red Wings landing four standouts on the top players under 23 rankings list, and MLive’s Ansar Khan joins us live!

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick appears on 97.1 the Ticket’s ‘Stoney and Jansen with Heather’ show

Long-time NHL broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick spoke with 97.1 the Ticket’s “Stoney and Jansen with Heather” show this morning, discussing highlights from his career over the course of an 18-minute-long interview: