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Wings Add Estonian Forward, Rooba, to Development Camp Roster

The Red Wings have announced a change to their 2012 development camp roster adding Robert Rooba. The 6-foot-3, 198 pound left wing replaces Vladislav Shalimov who will no longer be attending.

Rooba, who is a client of former Red Wing Igor Larionov, played last year for the Espoo Blues junior team in Finland where he scored 14 goals and 30 points in 39 games. The Tallin, Estonia native was passed over in both the 2011 and 2012 NHL entry drafts despite being ranked the 92nd best European skater in … Continue Reading

June 29th Appearance on the Locker Room with Vic McCarty

I appeared on the Locker Room with Vic McCarty on June 29, 2012.  We discussed the development camp and Bryan Rufenach day (July 10th) and the Red Wings unrestricted free agent pursuits. To listen to the podcast click here.

Plans Take Shape for Bryan Rufenach Day – July 10th

Bryan Rufenach, despite his recent tragic and untimely death while traveling through Europe, will continue to be a huge part of the 2012 Detroit Red Wings Development Camp.  The 23-year-old defenseman was a seventh round selection of the Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and signed a contract last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.  Rufenach spent a majority of the 2011-12 season with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL where he collected 13 goals and 33 points in 54 games. The Lindsay, Ontario … Continue Reading

Red Wings Invite Ten to Development Camp

Parker Milner

The Detroit Red Wings have invited ten free agents to their annual Development Camp in Traverse City beginning July 7th.

Among those auditioning are Red Wing draft choice Julien Cayer, who will become a free agent on August 15th and is unlikely to sign with Detroit, Michael Babcock, Jr and NCAA championship winning goalie Parker Milner.

Following is a review of the invitees (listed alphabetically).

  •  Michael Babcock, Jr. - The 5-foot-9, 150 pound forward is the son of the Red Wings head coach. The speedy forward was the 68th overall pick of the Cedar Rapid … Continue Reading

2012 Detroit Red Wings Development Camp Roster

The Detroit Red Wings have announced their 2012 development camp roster to be held at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, MI beginning on July 7th. The team features  all of the Red Wings draft choices from the 2012 draft including Martin Frk, Jake Paterson, Andreas Athansiou, Mike McKee, James DeHaas, and Rasmus Bodin. Top prospects Brenden Smith, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheehan, and Petr Mrazek are also slated to participate. The Wings have also invited ten free agent try-outs to round … Continue Reading

June 22nd Appearance on the Vic McCarty Show

I appeared on the Vic McCarty show on June 22, 2012.  We discussed the NHL entry draft, the likely signing of Damien Brunner and Bryan Rufenach day at the Red Wings development camp.  To listen to the podcast click here.

Remembering Rufenach: Centre I.C.E. to Honor Fallen Prospect

Bryan Rufenach (1989 – 2012)

Bryan Rufenach’s tragic death hit the hockey world hard. When news surfaced about his accidental death while traveling Europe, his teammates, friends and fans throughout the Red Wings organization offered help and support to his grieving family. The 23 year-old was selected by Detroit in 2007 and signed a contract last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Rufenach spent most of the season with Toledo of the ECHL where he notched 13 goals and 33 points in 54 games.

Prior to turning pro, the offensive … Continue Reading

June 8th Appearance on the Locker Room with Vic McCarty

I appeared on the Locker Room with Vic McCarty on June 8, 2012.  We discussed the Stanely Cup Finals, the Red Wings upcoming development camp, Tomas Holmstrom being named the Grand Marshall of the Cherry Royale parade, Detroit’s top prospects and the tragic death of former prospect Bryan Rufenach. To listen to the podcast click here.

From Demolition Man to Grand Marshal

Tomas Holmstrom will serve as the Grand Marshal for the DTE Energy Cherry Royale parade on Saturday July 14th in Traverse City, MI. The parade, which is the largest of the Cherry Festival parades, will begin at 11:15 am at Railroad and Front streets in downtown Traverse City, MI.

Holmstrom’s appearance at the parade is part of a partnership with Centre I.C.E. arena and the Detroit Red Wings Development camp which begins July 7th. The camp, which is in its second year in Traverse City, will feature daily practice sessions that will include many … Continue Reading