Kronwall misses Nyquist; Keller in running for award; fun at LCA
While the trade of Gustav Nyquist hit most of the Red Wings players hard, none feels the loss more than veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall.
Not only are the two both from Sweden but they also are best friends.
“For the first time, it was one of my closer friends that got traded,” Kronwall told the Detroit News. “It was not fun.”
The two already have spoken several times since the Feb. 25 trade, which sent Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks for two draft choices.
“We put ourselves in this position (for players to be traded), we allowed this to happen,” Kronwall said. “This definitely was not the most fun time. But it’s part of the business and I’m happy for him. It’s still one of your dear friends and you have a relationship that will carry on for the rest of your life.”
Farmington Hills’ Keller is Kazmaier Award finalist
Farmington Hills native Megan Keller is one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which goes to the top Women’s College Hockey player in the country.
Keller, a senior defenseman at Boston College, leads the nation’s blueliners in scoring with 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points, which are all records for Women’s Hockey East defensemen. This is the third straight season she has been in the top 10 candidates for the Kazmaier Award.
The other two finalists are forward Loren Gabel of Clarkson and forward Annie Pankowski of Wisconsin who are also seniors.
Angela Ruggiero is the only defenseman to win the Kazmaier Memorial Award.
The winner will be announced at the 2019 Women’s Frozen Four on March 23rd in Hamden, CT.
Keller also won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Women’s team at the Winter Olympics in South Korea last year.
STEM Day at LCA
More than 150 students and educators from five schools within the Detroit Public Schools Community District participated in the second annual STEM Day at Little Caesars Arena late last month.
The event, sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings and Chevrolet, was a celebration and reward for the students’ taking part in an educational journey, with the goal of winning the Stanley Cup. The free program is designed to enable elementary and middle school students to develop science, technology engineering and math (STEM) skills and understand the real world application of those disciplines.
The Red Wings and Chevrolet are donating $30,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to purchase technology equipment for the school district.
The students watched the Red Wings’ morning skate before Tuesday night’s 8-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The youngsters then experienced five interactive stations that helped bring STEM concepts to life and illustrated how the skills intersect with hockey. Stations included a hockey pass and shot in a pair of on-ice sessions, a Zamboni and Chevrolet Bolt EV tour, an equipment and “Hockey 101” presentation and a “Topshot” station, focused on shooting the puck in specific areas of a goal with accuracy and precision.