MIKE ILITCH NEWS

Gave: NHL needs 'Holland Rule' to limit shootouts

When the governors representing the 30 NHL teams gathered in New York on July 22, 2005, they voted 28-2 in favor of introducing the penalty-shot shootout in order to end every game with a winner. The two votes against: Chicago's Bill Wirtz and Detroit's Mike Ilitch. And ever since Red Wings General Manger Ken Holland has been working to fix that horrendous mistake. He might be getting...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Praise For Rocky Wirtz

  VIRAL – What a difference seven years makes. After several seasons of bad hockey, and a team that had pushed tons of fans to their breaking point, the Chicago Blackhawks were considered one of the worse run franchises in all of sports. Then came the passing of Bill Wirtz, Blackhawks owner and team president, and the passing of the team to Bill’s son, Rocky. Fast forward seven...
Via Sports Mockery
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Louis arena power outage halts Red Wings-Canucks game (VIDEO)

YouTube A mere 29 seconds into Sunday’s Canucks-Red Wings game, the lights went out inside Joe Louis Arena.  It halted the game for a solid 35 minutes before buildings operations people could get them back on.  Chalk it up to another reason why the new Red Wings arena will be a breath of fresh air.  The old building ain’t what it used to be. There was no bad weather in Detroit...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Wings re-sign GM Ken Holland to a 4-year contract extension

The Red Wings announced Thursday that the team re-signed general manager Ken Holland to a four-year contract extension meaning one of the most successful front office executives in all of sports will remain with Detroit through the 2017-18 season. Here’s a statement released by Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch: “Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey...
Via The Majors Detroit
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers-Yankees telecast scores big rating on FSD

Tuesday night's Tigers-Yankees game on FOX Sports Detroit was the highest-rated non-simulcast and second highest-rated telecast this season. Only Opening Day, a simulcast with FOX 2, had higher viewership. FOX Sports Detroit's telecast generated an 11.7 household rating (218,000 households) in the Detroit DMA on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. The telecast peaked from 9:15-9:30 p...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB trade deadline results in spectacular arms race

Both the Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers went all in and bolstered their pitching staffs as the prepare for the postseason. Of course they aren’t the only two teams to watch in the American League, but suddenly a potential matchup between these two starting rotations has baseball fans salivating. Billy Beane had already added Jeff Samardzija, and now he adds John Lester. This...
Via The Scores Report
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings News: New stadium in the plans

The Detroit Red Wings are getting a new arena and it will be ready in the summer of 2017. The project for the Red Wings new arena has started. It will be on the Northern Edge of downtown Detroit. The rink will take up dozens of blocks. The Ilitch family said in a statement about the location, "it will encompass dozens of blocks along and near Woodward Avenue" Mrmiscellanious-Wikimedia...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The District Detroit, including new Red Wings arena unveiled

The full press release is below: DETROIT – Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a world-class Sports and Entertainment District. The project will connect existing and new development efforts in downtown and midtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue with five walkable...
Via Detroit4lyfe
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Ilitch organization announce new Red Wings arena plans

Sunday marked a big day for Mike Ilitch and his business and sports conglomerate when the plans for the new Red Wings arena/district were made public. The $650M dollar projected project (which will be financed by roughly 60-percent of public dollars) will sit in the Cass Corridor district of Detroit stretching all the way up to the FOX Town area through Comerica Park onto Brush Street...
Via The Majors Detroit
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings clinch 23rd straight playoffs appearance

It's official…we're headed to the playoffs again!! #23Straight #RedWings — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 10, 2014 It is the longest active playoffs streak in sports. The Boston Bruins own the longest playoffs streak in sports history at 29, so the Wings need six more straight appearances to tie it. Since Mike Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982, the team has missed...
Via Detroit4lyfe
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

For love of the game and Detroit

Miguel Cabrera's whopping contract extension with the Detroit Tigers isn't a baseball story. It's a love story -- one that took root several decades ago, when Tigers owner Mike Ilitch was a kid growing up on the streets of Detroit. It was during that time that he developed a love for his city and for baseball. And when you're in love, your "irrational" actions might not make much...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

For love of the game and Detroit

Miguel Cabrera's whopping contract extension with the Detroit Tigers isn't a baseball story. It's a love story -- one that took root several decades ago, when Tigers owner Mike Ilitch was a kid growing up on the streets of Detroit.
Via FOXSports.com
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers extend Miguel Cabrera with record-setting contract extension

Someday it will stop snowing, and someday Mike Ilitch will die. But until then, the Detroit Tigers are going to spend money without regard to their (or anyone else’s) reality.  After failing to extend Max Scherzer last week, the AL Central rival Tigers decided to make two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera the highest paid player in the history of baseball, with an eight year extension through...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' spending power goes from roar to purr

Detroit's failure to extend Max Scherzer shows how owner Mike Ilitch's free-spending ways -- and his cozy relationship with super-agent Scott Boras -- are a thing of the past.
Via FOXSports.com
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings owners unable to attend Lidstrom ceremony

DETROIT -- There will be a couple of very important empty seats Thursday night when the Red Wings retire Nick Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey in a special ceremony. Owners Mike and Marian Ilitch are unable to attend. In a statement, Mike Ilitch said: "While Marian and I would love to be there, we won't be at tomorrow's jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year, I had a medical...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Kate Upton visits Justin Verlander at Spring Training

Supermodel Kate Upton took time to visit her boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, on Friday. Can you believe we didn’t see this hit the web until Saturday? Denise Ilitch, daughter of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, snapped a photo of Kate wearing a Tigers hat and looking very uh — cute? Good for Kate and Justin. More important to baseball fans will be whether or not...
Via Tireball.com
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Kate Upton joins boyfriend Justin Verlander at Tigers spring training

Things are getting pretty serious between Kate Upton and Justin Verlander. I mean when the supermodel is joining her ace pitcher boyfriend at spring training, you know they’re not messing around. That picture was taken by Denise Ilitch, the daughter of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch. Kate looks pretty cute in her Tigers hat, doesn’t she? […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Regner: Ilitch will do whatever it takes to win World Series

As the offseason turns to the Grapefruit League season, the perception among some Tiger fans remains that the team decided to go on the cheap, dumping salaries to slash payroll. Although I continue to struggle with the Doug Fister trade, begrudgingly, I'm willing to give it some time to see if it benefits the team in the long run. Shedding Prince Fielder -- although the Tigers are...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #35

The Cubs will play an intrasquad exhibition game on Wednesday just before they open the Cactus League season against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.  We’re ever so much closer to Opening Day, so keep up with our countdown lineup. The 1935 World Series The Detroit Tigers were one of the hardest-luck franchises for the longest time, if you could believe that.  Despite having...
Via World Series Dreaming
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy: Rooting for Russia now

Back in 1980, Vladislav Tretiak and Slava Fetisov represented everything we in the United States feared and hated. The Soviet Union -- those commie bastards -- had just invaded Afghanistan and certainly would annihilate us if we didn't possess the power to strike right back, assuring mutual destruction. Sending Tretiak to an early shower in Lake Placid, N.Y., then completing the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tomas Jurco Back Up for Detroit Red Wings

Mike Ilitch may as well petition the state for a high-speed rail line between Detroit and Grand Rapids. Hopping on the road back to the Motor City Tuesday: forward Tomas Jurco. UPDATE: The #RedWings have recalled Tomas Jurco from @griffinshockey. — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 14, 2014 No specific word what this means for the lineup Thursday at New York, though...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Morosi: Winter Classic perfect chance to cheer Detroit icon Ilitch

On New Year's Day, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather at America's largest football stadium to watch a hockey game. It will be a spectacle, because of the setting (Michigan Stadium), the ancient rivals (the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs), the prospect of a world-record crowd, the sheer curiosity in the sports version of a hey-wouldn't-this-be-cool 1 a.m....
Via Fox Sports
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit council OKs measures for new hockey arena

The Detroit City Council on Friday approved two measures tied to the development of a new Red Wings hockey arena and entertainment complex just north of downtown. The boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority district were expanded to include land where the project could be constructed. A tax financing plan also was green-lighted. However, the six-member board postponed...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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