Life still goes on despite the attacks yesterday, the most tragic day in
American history. The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice for their first
day of training camp in Traverse City, MI.
“We’re here and we’re working out, but everybody’s heart and soul in
our organization are with the families of those who were lost yesterday”
said the Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
Holland also said that there was much discussion the night before to
decide whether or not to hold training camp as scheduled. The final
decision was to hold camp as planned to offer a little happiness to
those who had planned on coming and give them the opportunity to take
their minds off of the attacks for awhile.
The fans got their first glimpse of Dominik Hasek, Luc Robitaille, and
Brett Hull practicing as a team with the Detroit Red Wings.
Darren McCarty brought a smile to a young boys face as he gave a playful
punch to the glass where the boy was leaning his chin on the boards.
The veteran Igor Larionov and prospect Paul Ballantyne battled along the
boards this morning in a drill in Team C’s practice. Ballantyne defended
Larionov amazingly well, keeping Larionov from passing the puck out from
behind the net. The 19 year old Ballantyne will most likely be seen as a
regular on the Detroit blue line in coming years.
When Team C’s practice was over teams A and B came onto the ice for two
scrimmage games. Each scrimmage consisting of one twenty minute period.
The crowd cheered as the players skated onto the ice recognizing their
favorite Red Wings and prospects they liked from previous years.
Sean Avery, a fan favorite in Traverse City was sporting a light goatee
as he skated onto the ice with the loudest cheer for a prospect.
The Ozzie chant started when Chris Osgood skated onto the ice but soon
was replaced with “Stevie!” as Steve Yzerman came onto the ice, four
players behind Osgood.
A moment of silence was held before the playing of the national anthem
for former Red Wing, Garnet “Ace” Bailey, Mark Bavis, and those who lost
their lives in yesterday’s terrorist attacks. Bailey and Bavis were
scouts for the Los Angeles Kings and we’re en route to the Kings
training camp when the plane they were on was high-jacked and flown into
the World Trade Center.
The first scrimmage began with Chris Osgood in net for Team A and Jason
Elliott, of the Houston Aero’s of the former International Hockey
League, for Team B.
Jiri Fischer scored the first goal eight minutes and thirty-four seconds
into the scrimmage with assists from Sergei Fedorov and Aaron Van Leusen
for Team B.
Josh DeWolf took a tripping penalty a minute and two seconds later
giving Team A a power play advantage for one minute.
With three seconds remaining on the power play Brett Hull scored with
assists from Mathieu Dandenault, who was playing as a winger, and Steve
With five minutes remaining the teams went to four a side to add to the
excitement of the scrimmage for the fans and players.
Forty-five seconds later Chris Chelios gave Team B the lead once again
when he flipped the puck over the sprawling Osgood. The assists came
from Fischer and Brendan Shanahan.
The final score for the first scrimmage was Team B over Team A,
The teams were given a fifteen minute break as they resurfaced the rink
and then came back out to play the second scrimmage.
This time Manny Legace was in net for Team A while Joey MacDonald, of
the Peterborough Pete’s of the Ontario Hockey League, was in net for
Harlan Anderson took a penalty two and a half minutes into the
scrimmage. When Anderson got to the box he found it already crowded with
the two back-up goalies, Osgood and Elliott having a chat.
It was seven minutes into the scrimmage before a goal was scored. Tim
Verbeek, playing for Team A got the puck at the top of the left face off
circle in his own zone and started out with the puck. Verbeek skated
down the ice, between the players and battled his way deep into Team B’s
zone despite a few hooks on the way. Verbeek then passed the puck off to
his Toledo Storm teammate of the East Coast Hockey League Ryan Barnes
who put the puck past MacDonald.
Sergei Fedorov standing just below the left face off dot took a wrist
shot on Legace with seven minutes remaining in the period. Legace made
the save look easy as he snagged the puck out of the air with his
glove. Shanahan gave Legace a playful punch to the head for stopping
his teammate from scoring while Fedorov went to the bench for a rest and
a better stick.
The scrimmage ended with a Team A on top of Team B, one to nothing.