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In Red Wings Land

How this teen went from Cranbrook Kingswood to the Detroit Red Wings - Hometown Life
Alec Regula helped Cranbrook Kingswood win a state title as a freshman in 2015, today he is a third round pick of the Detroit Red Wings. Lots of good information in this piece about Regula. Here’s a sample, as he talks about being picked by his hometown team:

“It’s just crazy to me that I was drafted (by the Wings). This is just a surreal feeling,” Regula said. “I never thought about being drafted by Detroit until I went to the (NHL) combines. “I had a really good meeting with them. And I remember when I left the room, I called my dad and said, ‘If I’m going to get picked, (Detroit’s) one of the teams that’s going to do it.’ That’s how well the meeting went in comparison to others.

”I knew they had a lot of picks this year and, when the third round came, I didn’t really know where I was going to go, but that was kind of my territory,” he added. “Detroit had some picks there and when they called my name, that was awesome.”

Around the League

Voices of the Game: Chris Watkins brings numbers and a critique to the NHL - Raw Charge

Raw Charge has been highlighting writers who bring interesting perspective to hockey coverage and recently talked to Chris Watkins (@Yolo_Pinyato on Twitter), a past and future guest on Fer Sure. I really like this idea from Chris on how the NHL can reach out and try to overcome the socioeconomic barriers to inclusion in the sport, but there’s a lot of great stuff in here:

My proposal is that the NHL should offer discounted or free versions of its video game series to young girls and POC, maybe with someone like J.T. Brown leading the charge. Everyone may not have access to a rink or ice time, but most people have a game system in their house of some sorts and e-sports are growing like crazy. Kids can learn about the game and the great players, and really fall in love with the sport, and its probably more cost effective than the other initiatives that their doing