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Thu, Dec 20th - 4:31AM

The term Hockeytown is used throughout the United States and Canada to identify any town, city or community that has a history and reputation of participating in hockey. Among the cities are Binghamton, NY, Buffalo, NY, Detroit, MI, Philadelphia, PA, Saint Paul, MN and Warroad, MN.

The Detroit Red Wings began using the term in a marketing campaign in 1996.

How the Red Wings were named

James Norris purchased the Detroit Falcons in 1932 and renamed the club after an amateur hockey club he once played for, the Montreal Winged Wheelers. He chose a winged wheel as the teamís logo, to reflect Detroit being the centre of the emerging automobile industry.

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Sat, Dec 8th - 8:40AM

2012 Top Draft Pick

The Red Wings traded their first round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to Tampa Bay in the Kyle Quincey deal. In the second round, they picked 19-year-old Martin Frk going 49th overall. The right-winger is 6-foot tall and weighs 204lbs. He is Czech and is in his third and final season with the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League ("The Q").

Frk was the youngest player to represent the Czech Republic at the 2011 World Junior Championships, leading the team with three goals in six games. He missed the first half of the 2011-12 QMJHL season due to a concussion. He returned to play 34 games and in the playoffs recorded 5 goals and 6 assists in 17 games

On July 31, 2012, the Detroit Red Wings signed Frk to a 3-year entry level contract that pays $925,000 per season.

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Sat, Nov 24th - 5:33AM

AHL Affiliates

Since 1936 the Detroit Red Wings primary farm team has mostly been in the American Hockey League (known as the International-American Hockey League 1936-1940). The exceptions were when the Red Wings were affiliated with Quebec Aces (Quebec Hockey League 1954) and Kansas City Blues (Central Hockey League 1976-79)

The Red Wings first farm team were the Detroit Olympics of the International Hockey League, a predecessor league of the AHL. The Olympics remained the Red Wings affiliate when they moved to Pittsburgh to become the Pittsburgh Hornets.

The AHL teams that have been affiliated with the Red Wings are:

1936-1939 Pittsburgh Hornets
1939-1952 Indianapolis Capitals
(secondary affiliate 1945-52 St Louis Flyers)
1952-1953 St. Louis Flyers
1957-1962 Hershey Bears
1962-1967 Pittsburgh Hornets
1968-1969 Baltimore Clippers
1969-1970 Cleveland Barons
1970-1971 Baltimore Clippers
1971-1972 Tidewater Wings
1972-1975 Virginia Red Wings
1973-1974 Baltimore Clippers
1975-1976 New Haven Nighthawks
1979-1999 Adirondack Red Wings
1999-2002 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
2002-2012 Grand Rapids Griffins

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Mon, Nov 12th - 5:04AM

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation provides funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.

Red Wings players and staff participate in several fundraising events throughout the season including the annual Toast of Hockeytown Wine Tasting Gala, MotorCity Casino Hotelís Red Wings Charity Poker Tournament and the Red Wings Foundation 50/50 Raffle Program. Through these initiatives, the Foundation raises over one-half million dollars annually for various organizations in the community.

The Foundation assists a wide variety of charitable activities and programs throughout Michigan and metro Detroit. Past grant recipients include: the Salvation Army STRIVE Hockey Program, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association One Goal Program, YMCA, Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, The Variety FAR Conservatory, Gladwin Area Hockey Association and the MORC Stars.

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Sun, Nov 4th - 4:30PM

Red Wings Duo Tearing Up Swiss League

In July, the Red Wings signed 26-year-old, Swiss left-winger Damien Brunner to a one-year entry-level contract. Highly skilled and lightning fast, Brunner was named Swiss league MVP last season. He was signed with the idea of playing him alongside Henrik Zetterberg but the NHL lockout put a hold on those plans.

A couple of weeks ago Henrik Zetterberg joined EV Zug and has been playing along side Brunner. Zetterberg and Brunner have meshed very well in Switzerland. In just five league games Zetterberg has 7 goals and 11 points while Brunner sits on top of the Swiss scoring table. All very encouraging for the Red Wings.
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