Wings, Labatt USA donate $60,000 to Detroit rinks, and other news
Receiving $20,000 each are, clockwise from left, Clark Park, Jack Adams Memorial Arena and East Side Hockey Ice Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Labatt USA have donated $60,000 to the three hockey rinks in Detroit as part of the Detroit Red Wings' Learn, Play, Score platform.
The donations come as most of the state’s rinks re-open after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal of Learn, Play, Score is to increase access to hockey for Detroit's youth and empower them by boosting confidence and character, promoting positive values and imparting enduring life skills.
Through this initiative, Jack Adams Memorial Arena, Clark Park and East Side Hockey Ice Arena will each receive $20,000 to enhance programming or make facility improvements as they continue safely reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This significant donation represents a continuation of our intentional commitment to support and grow the hockey ecosystem in Detroit," Red Wings director of community impact Kevin Brown said on the Red Wings website. "Even during the pandemic, we remain focused on creating opportunities to grow the game of hockey, and these three rinks – all located within the city limits – are central to that effort.”
Clark Park is Detroit’s only outdoor ice rink.
“This donation from the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Labatt will help the Clark Park Coalition engage more Detroiters in ice hockey and provide for a safe outdoor hockey experience," Anthony Benavides, Clark Park Coalition director, said. "We are extremely grateful for this support."
Wings don’t qualify Bowey
The Red Wings did not offer defenseman Madison Bowey a qualifying offer, according to Elliotte Friedman of sportsnet.ca. That means that Bowey will be an unrestricted free agent at noon Friday, Oct. 9.
Bowey’s 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 53 games last season made him the team’s second-leading scorer among defensemen, behind Filip Hronek.
The Red Wings acquired Bowey, 25, and a second-round pick in this year’s draft from the Washington Capitals at the 2019 trade deadline for defenseman Nick Jensen and a fifth-round pick in 2019.
Former Wing Athanasiou to be free agent
Ken Holland said “yes” to Andreas Athanasiou twice, but the third time he said “no.”
Holland, now the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers after 22 years as Detroit’s GM, says the Oilers will not give the former Red Wing a qualifying offer. Thus Athanasiou will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.
Detroit sent Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner to Edmonton in February for forward Sam Gagner and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 NHL drafts.
Athanasiou, 26, scored two points (one goal, one assist) in nine regular-season games after the trade. He did not score in four postseason games when Edmonton lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup qualifiers.
Holland was the Wings’ GM when Detroit drafted Athanasiou in the fourth round (No. 110) of the 2012 NHL draft.
Holland said he traded for Athanasiou “because we were trying to win. I did it because he scored 30 goals (in 2018-19 for the Red Wings) and I knew him and he had talent,” Holland told NHL.com. “And I was hoping he was going to come in and give us a boost down the stretch and into the playoffs."
Wheeling and dealing
The Red Wings made two deals on Wednesday.
Detroit traded its second second-round pick (45th overall) to the Los Angeles Kings for a second-round selection (51st) and a fourth-round choice (97th). Later, the Wings traded one of their fourth-round picks (125th) to the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas’ fourth-round selection in the 2022 Draft.
The first two Michigan-born players taken in the draft both went in the fifth round.
Birmingham native Ryder Rolston (F, Waterloo, USHL) was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with the 139th overall pick. He is the son of former NHL player Brian Rolston, who also is Little Caesars director of amateur hockey.
Ryder played for both Belle Tire and Little Caesars and is an incoming freshman at Notre Dame.
Defenseman Jacob Truscott (Fort Gratiot), who played at the NTDP in Plymouth, was selected with the 144th overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks. Truscott is an incoming UM freshman and played on Kris Draper’s Little Caesars AAA team for 5½ years.
…Michigan incoming freshman center Thomas Bordeleau (Houston) was taken in the second round with the 38th overall pick by the San Jose Sharks. Bordeleau played at the National Team Development Program in Plymouth this past season.