Dean Youngblood here as the newest member of the "Team Coverage Pages". After viewing the section, I found it necessary to step up and volunteer my services as the team from "HOCKEYTOWN" needs to be represented.
First off, I must admit, I am by no means a die hard wings fan but I have grown up about an hour northeast of Detroit and share the shores of the same waterway as the Joe Louis Arena. I have decided to take on the Red Wing thread because I have always admired the entire organization. The Red Wings organization seems to be put one of the best put together franchises in all of sport. The Ilitches represent the ideal ownership, the management team and coaching staff are idolized around the league. The roster is comprised of the perfect mix - savy veterans who don't seem to age (Lidstrom, Rafalski, Holmstrom), a whack of players in their prime (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Filppula, Franzen) and a bunch of hungry rookies anxious to make their marks in Red Wings history (Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Brendan Smith, etc).
I have attended a number of games at the Joe Louis Arena and the Red Wings seem to win every game I attend (seriously, they are like 23-0). Unfortunately, the Joe Louis Arena's days are numbered but if you ever get a chance to attend a game then I recommend you give it a go for a number of reasons:
1. One of the cheapest tickets around - you can get standing room for under $20 (I pay that for standing room at the local OHL game :confused:),
2. Taking a leak in one of the Joe Louis' bathroom's "troughs" is a must do on all sportsmens/womens list
and ....lastly.....and the most important reason to attend a Red Wings' game at Joe Louis Arena.......
3. Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Niklas Lidstrom are simply the best players to watch. Datsyuk is the best puckhandler the game has seen since Mario Lemieux and I marvel at his talents.
So before we get started, I want to invite everyone to contribute to this Hockeytown thread as it's the best way to get full value out of it. Like I stated above, I am NOT a DIE HARD WINGS FAN (actually a closet leaf fan ;) )but I felt as though this team NEEDED to be represented. I live in an area that has a lot of Red Wings coverage so I will pass on any information I come across. Ideally, I would love for our largest red wings fan Sentium to come about and contribute because he does have a vast knowledge of the Detroit Franchise (past and present) but I will do my best to keep all things Detroit here for the "WING NUTS" to enjoy.
I will utilize the same format as Shakedown has for his Hawks.
Player news. lines, trades, injuries, etc etc
Some Grand Rapids news that is relevant
Red Wing History ( going down memory lane)
Much much more....
Suggestions are welcomed.