Two Things: Wings post video of Make-A-Wish visitor; Wakiji talks Worlds with Nielsen

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Wings posted a clip of their recent Make-A-Wish guest, Lucas Kellogg from Westland, MI…

2. And’s Dana Wakiji spoke with Frans Nielsen regarding the 2018 World Championship, which is being held in Nielsen’s home country of Denmark–and his hometown:

From May 4-20, Denmark will host the International Ice Hockey Federation’s 2018 men’s world championship for the first time. Because the Wings did not make the playoffs, Frans Nielsen will be able to play in front of family and friends for his home country.

The games will be held in Copenhagen and Herning, the latter of which is Nielsen’s hometown.

“Even in my hometown It’s going to be very exciting,” Nielsen said. “I don’t think anyone ever thought we were going to get a big tournament like that in small Denmark. It’s exciting. You’re going to have friends and family right there. It’s going to be different. Hopefully, it means a lot for Danish hockey, that more people can get the ice for the sport of hockey.”

As of late February, they had already sold more than 250,000 tickets for the tournament.

“It seems like they’ve got a bit of a hockey fever coming there,” Nielsen said. “You don’t see that every day. It’s good to see and hopefully we can get hockey even more on the map in Denmark so we can get even more kids to play.”

Wakiji continues, with Nielsen addressing the Wings’ struggles to score goals and win one-goal games…

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