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Quick Hits: The Happy New Year Edition

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The Roaring 20s

In Red Wings Land

Red Wings in the 2010s: Top stories from the past decade | Detroit News

1. The Captain returns

Red Wings fans rejoiced as Steve Yzerman, the Red Wings’ Hall of Fame player/captain, returned to the organization where he starred to become general manager. Fittingly, Yzerman — who wore No. 19 — returned April 19, 2019.

In my opinion (and many others too probably), this is easily the top story. Yes, it happened very late in the decade, but it re-shaped and changed the direction of the organization for the next ten years and beyond.

World Juniors

Joe Veleno finished with a goal and two assists in Canada’s 7-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Around the League

2020 NHL Winter Classic: Schedule, jerseys, matchups and predictions | ESPN

The jerseys for today’s Winter Classic are excellent. The Predators and Stars did an great job.

31 Thoughts: NHL trade market beginning to take shape | Sportsnet

The opening to this is all about Eric Comrie and his recent adventure jumping from team to team. Plus, a couple additional Red Wings-related notes in this one, including a good story about Dylan Larkin at Thought #30.