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Host of Red Wings to earn invitations to world hockey championships | Detroit News

Team Canada has invited forwards Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Andreas Athanasiou to play in the tournament, this year to be held in Slovakia.

Athanasiou is slight a question mark, general manager Ken Holland said, because of nagging injuries from late in the regular season — but it’s likely Athanasiou will join Team Canada.

For Team USA, coached by Wings’ coach Jeff Blashill, forwards Dylan Larkin, Luke Glendening, defenseman Danny DeKeyser and goalie Jimmy Howard will get invitations.

I would like to see all of them play in the tournament. The extra experience can’t hurt.

Red Wings sign top goalie prospect Filip Larsson | MLive

Larsson posted a 13-6-3 record, 1.95 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 22 appearances for Denver. The Stockholm, Sweden, native was named to the 2019 NCHC All-Rookie Team and was also a finalist for the conference’s goalie of the year award.

Goalie of the future when the Red Wings are ready to take the next step?

Around the League

STUNNING SWEEPS: THE FIVE BEST TEAMS TO HEAD HOME WINLESS IN THE POST-SEASON | The Hockey News

DETROIT RED WINGS – 2002-03

48-20-10-4 – 110 points (2nd in Western Conference, 3rd in NHL)

That series against Anaheim sucked. Stupid Jean-Sebastien Giguere and his ginormous, massive pads seemed to stop literally everything. Mike Babcock was behind the bench for the Ducks at this time too. This was basically his audition for his future job with the Red Wings.