Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:
- According to InPlay Magazine, Wings prospect Matt Puempel will be taking part in a charity 3-on-3 tournament this Thursday, August 22nd in Tecumseh, Ontario:
PowerTech Hockey is bringing current NHL stars and other top players from the area to their first PowerTech Charity All-Star 3-On-3 Tournament on Thursday, August 22nd at Tecumseh Arena.
Zach Kassian of the Edmonton Oilers, Dalton Prout of the San Jose Sharks, Matt Puempel of the Detroit Red Wings and Mike Weber former NHL Player will be the team captains of the tournament, which will also include Windsor Spitfires, members of the University of Windsor Lancers program and other ex-professional players from Windsor- Essex.
All proceeds from the event will support Play For a Cure and the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund. The goal is to raise $5000 from the event.
2. Also, the Hockey News’s Steven Ellis pondered the personnel that Team Canada will employ at the World Junior Championship, with Ellis suggesting that Joe Veleno will play a large part in the team’s plans…
The top line is a no brainer: the chemistry between Lafreniere, Dach and Veleno was clear in Plymouth, with the trio combining for eight points and many highlight-reel plays. Assuming Detroit allows Veleno to leave Grand Rapids to play – and play with a potential future teammate in Lafreniere – this will be one of Canada’s best lines in many years, combining speed, skill, size and two-way acumen. All three could challenge for tournament MVP.
Ellis also suggests that Hockey Canada’s inclusion of injured defenseman Jared McIsaac on their World Junior Summer Showcase roster indicates that he’ll crack the roster should his shoulder heal in time for the WJC.