Remembering the Time the Red Wings Went to Jail

Mike Commito
August 15 2016 07:00AM

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Before the Red Wings squared off against the Chicago Blackhawks in an outdoor game on New Year’s Day in 2009, they went to jail.

On February 2, 1954, Detroit played its first outdoor game in franchise history, at Marquette State Prison, against a squad of inmates who were, fittingly, known as the Pirates. The exhibition game had been in the works since the previous offseason when Marquette’s athletic director Leonard “Oakie” Brumm spoke with general manager Jack Adams about bringing the Red Wings to his penitentiary on the southern shore of Lake Superior. 

According to a story in the Milwaukee Sentinel, Adams had actually help get Marquette’s hockey team off the ground in the early 1950s, when he donated uniforms and equipment. Initially, the so-called Pirates were only able to skate around and kick the puck with their feet, but were eventually given sticks, perhaps to prepare for their exhibition game against the Red Wings.

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August 14 2016 01:49PM

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Joey Laleggia is still in his entry-level deal, but at age 24 his time is now. The offensive defender needs to show well during training camp and in the 2016-17 season in order to make a solid impression. With Brad Hunt off the team in Bakersfield, can Laleggia spike offensively and get noticed?

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If Quebec Played at the World Cup of Hockey

Mike Commito
August 14 2016 10:00AM


*Note: None of this happened. Mike fell asleep in the sun and dreamt the whole thing up.

After years of threatening separation and narrowly decided referendums, Quebec has finally done the unthinkable and seceded from Canada. The formation of the sovereign nation of Quebec will undoubtedly shake up the national economy, abruptly alter our demography, and forever change our cultural landscape.

The reverberations of this seismic shift will be felt far and wide and even the hockey world will not be insulated from its impact. With the World Cup of Hockey less than a month away, Quebec has already filed and won an emergency injunction with the National Hockey League that will allow it to field a team in the tournament. Wasting no time, Équipe Quebec unveiled its twenty-three man roster earlier this week as it prepares to make up for lost time in the lead up to September.

No less than two days removed from the secession, it’s clear that Quebec has already set the wheels in motion to start charting its own course in the hockey world. How this will impact the game over the long-term is unclear, but for now, we can take a closer look at Quebec’s World Cup team and how it can expect to fare in the tournament.  

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On Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, and Alex Chiasson

Ari Yanover
August 14 2016 08:00AM

College free agents are exciting. Some of it is due to the fact that any new prospect choosing to go to your team is always pretty cool; a lot of it is that there's pretty much nothing going on in the hockey world in the middle of August, so a new free agency period opening is always going to draw interest.

This year's big fish is Jimmy Vesey. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators, but rather than sign with them, he elected to draw things out until free agency.

Kevin Hayes was in the same boat two seasons ago. While there was some talk of him coming to Calgary - his two Boston College linemates were already drafted by the Flames - he ultimately elected to play in New York, where he has thus far put up just over half a point per game with 81 points through 158 games. Pretty good for a free agent pickup, but hardly anyone's saviour.

What boat will Vesey fall in?

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August 13 2016 08:37PM

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One of the subjects I see Oilers fans talk about at length is the protected list for the expansion draft next summer. History tells us that we are far away from knowing the actual list—the 2016-17 season will have an enormous impact on the decision. Even with that understood, I am not sure we can be certain about the names who will be protected on defense. Darnell Nurse (in photo by Mark Williams) is not eligible for the expansion draft, but could have a major impact on the final protected list.

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