Found December 04, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The announcement that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch's Ilitch Holdings business organization is backing legislation which would facilitate the construction of a massive "mixed-use" development which will include a follow-on rink succeeding Joe Louis Arena has everything to do with timing. We should know more about the proposed rink, as the Detroit News notes, the residential space, commercial development which will include the "mall" Mike Babcock conveniently leaked ten months ago and, most likely, a practice facility of some sort over the next couple of days, as the details of said development will slowly but surely find their way into the online print and broadcast media's hands, but the timing of this news involves three critical factors in terms of timing, ease of legislation and fan impact: Continue reading "The Ilitches’ arena announcement is expertly-timed for three reasons"

Mich. Senate OKs bill to help build Red Wings home

The Michigan Senate approved legislation Wednesday to help finance a downtown Detroit project that would include a new home for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. Team owner Mike Ilitch this week announced plans for a $650 million multiuse development, which would include an events center where Red Wings games could be held. He has said for years he'd like a new arena for the...

New Sports & Entertainment District Proposed By Ilitch

from Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press, Officials from Mike Ilitch's Olympia Development Company are today outlining to state lawmakers plans for a $650 milllion-dollar mixed use development in downtown, anchored by a "new, state of the art, multi-purpose events center." Eric Larson, non-executive president of Olympia Development, told the Senate Government...

Ilitch proposes new $650 million downtown “entertainment” district

Tuesday, Olympia Development a holding of Mike Ilitch proposed a new $650 million dollar entertainment district that would include a “new, state of the art, multi-purpose events center.” (or in other words an arena) according to the Detroit Free Press. “We have a tremendous opportunity through a large-scale project to make a positive impact on our community,” said Christopher...

Griffins Split With Stars But Fall Out Of First

    By Jeremy B.    The Griffins played back-to-back home games with the Texas Stars last Friday and Saturday.  They lost the opener 3-1 with Thomas McCollum in net but won 3-2 on Saturday with Petr Mrazek notching win #7.  Here's what we learned from this series:   1.  Petr Mrazek MUST be the #1 goalie heading forward.  Check...

Ted Lindsay Worried About Canada’s Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Ted Lindsay isn't surprised by fan resentment or growing apathy toward hockey in the U.S. due to an NHL lockout that reached 11 weeks on Sunday. But, what the Detroit Red Wings legend and players union pioneer discovered during a recent trip to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame festivities shocked him. “When you see Canadians start...

A New Rink (And More!) For The Wings

  Well it’s officially official.  The Wings are going to get a new rink – and it sounds like not just that either.  They’ll be getting an entire district centered around the new rink in Downtown Detroit. After years of hints and speculation, the Ilitch family took the first steps Tuesday toward building a new entertainment district downtown anchored by a multipurpose...

BNHL 12/4 Colorado @ Detroit

12/4/12 Colorado (11-12-1) @ Detroit (17-8-0) Detroit looked to move to 9-1 over their past ten games as they welcomed the Colorado Avalanche to the Joe. The first period started with a bang, as Henrik Zetterberg (14) kept his hot hand from previous games, and scored at 4:27 (A: Cleary). Former Buffalo captain Jochen Hecht [...]
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