Stephens scores 2, but White wins Red Wings scrimmage | Sports

TRAVERSE CITY – Casey Riley and Asia Abram-Craig usually travel much longer to see the Detroit Red Wings from a greater distance.

Not this time.

Charlevoix residents and Red Wings season ticket holders attended the Red Wings training camp at the Center Ice Arena in Traverse City for the first time on Sunday, enjoying the Red & White scrimmage from the lower seats.

“I love seeing my boys again after a year,” Abram-Craig said.

Riley said it was a pleasure to see the team put together by NHL Hall of Famer and former Red Wings star Steve Yzerman was a pleasure he will not forget.

“It’s nice to have her so close to you,” said Riley. “I remember seeing Stevie Y as a kid.”

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Yzerman, along with other Red Wings executives, watched the game from the Center Ice Suite above the surface of the ice.

Bryan and Deanna Prince came from further afield to see the team Bryan was growing up.

Born in Flat Rock, the native Flat Rock and his wife live full-time in an RV, driving back and forth between southeast Michigan and California while working as a dark fiction and comedy writer.

It’s their third year in training camp and they stayed in Traverse City every two weeks for the NHL Prospect Tournament and Red Wings Training Camp.

“We love this,” said Bryan Prince. “We hibernate in California so we can’t really watch the games … It’s one thing to see them on TV and it’s another to see them live and up close.”

The couple bought red chairs to attach to their front row mezzanine seats when Team White won the scrimmage game 3-2 in a shootout.

They were present during the Prospect tournament when Detroit defender Jared McIsaac passed out after being hit by a St. Louis Blues player.

“You could hear a pin drop,” said Bryan Prince. “Everyone’s heart sank.”

McIsaac did not play in the scrimmage on Sunday. Neither did Wings captain Dylan Larkin or defender Marc Staal.

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Mitchell Stephens scored both goals for the red team. He brought Red 1-0 against an assist from Adam Brubacher, hit two defenders and grabbed a wrist player on Alex Nedeljkovic.

Stephens scored again in the second half after a feed from Taro Hirose.

“I’m happy to show the players, the coaching staff and the management what I can bring to the team,” said Stephens.

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Yzerman designed Stephens in the second round in 2015 while at Tampa Bay, then acquired it in late July for selection in the sixth round in 2022. Stephens played for the Saginaw Spirit from 2013-17.

Stephens played 45 games for Tampa Bay in the past two years and won the Stanley Cup in both seasons. He had three goals and four assists.

“When you’re on good teams, those teams tend to get it right consistently,” said Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill. “They bring that kind of maturity into your game and make sure you practice right and get it right in the games. You can see the best team in the league attacking every training session, attacking every day. It is important to simply bring this forward by example. “

Stephens, who spent a day at the Stanley Cup this summer in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, said he wanted to get the same punch in Detroit as Adam Erne when Yzerman similarly bought him from Tampa after taking him second in 2013 Round had moved in.

“Adam came in and ran with the opportunity he got here,” said Stephens.

Dominik Shine brought Team White to the board after a rebound to Thomas Greiss with 4:11 to go in the first third.

Pius Suter equalized the game to 2-2 with 2:12.

Suter said he’s a lot more used to the NHL this time around after signing a two-year deal with Detroit in his first NHL season after a 14-goal and 13-assist season in Chicago over 55 games.

“It’s more convenient,” says Suter, who was born in Switzerland. “With every game, with every training session, you get used to it. This year is a little different than last year. This year there is a real camp. So I didn’t have that, and last year I just showed up and started playing, pretty much. “

Suter, who played alongside current Red Wings striker Robby Fabbri in Guelph in 2013/14, scored his first NHL goal against Detroit on January 24 and ended this game with a hat trick in front of Jonathan Bernier.

In the five-player shootout, only Lucas Raymond and Vladislav Namestnikov found the net, both for Team White. Victor Brattstrom stopped all five penalty shots from Team Red.


  • The Red Wings didn’t take their usual photo after scrimmage on the ice with the camp’s volunteers this year due to COVID-19 logs. Volunteers and the media had to wear masks in the camp, but no spectators. Players were also not allowed to sign autographs.
  • Blashill said striker Jakub Vrana is seeing a specialist on Monday for his shoulder injury. Vrana arrived late at training camp after having visa problems and was injured 10 minutes after his first training session.
  • Blashill said the ice was bad towards the end of the extended first period, which lasted 20 minutes of regular time and then four power play sessions of one minute each. In the second period, the power play sessions took place between two 10-minute half periods.
  • Larkin won’t play in the team’s early preseason games either. Staal is not injured, said Blashill. He just didn’t want eight defenders on any of the scrimmage teams and stopped the veteran Blueliner. Jonatan Berggren and McIsaac are both “progress” according to Blashill, but he does not expect either of them to fully participate in training on Monday.
  • The Red Wings still have training sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Mondays take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for two separate groups, on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. at the end of the camp.

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