Mike Ilitch and the Rise of the Detroit Red Wings

How a study of the Red Wings’ gradual ascent may hold the key for success in Winnipeg

After 20 consecutive playoff appearances, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when the Detroit Red Wings weren’t a winner. So it may come as a shock to hear that in the 16 years from 1966-1982, the Red Wings made the playoffs only twice, earning the nickname the “Dead Wings”. And then suddenly, everything changed. Continue reading

MTS Centre and True North Sports & Entertainment

Opened November 16, 2004

Cost – $133.5M

147,000 sq. ft (300 x 490)

Capacity – 15,015

Private suites – capacity of about 1100 in *48 suites (being increased to  55)

Lower bowl – 8812 (includes suites)

Upper bowl – 6203 seats

Ticket prices

Private Suites – $180,000 per suite

 Remaining Seats – $82 average; Range: $39-$129

True North Sports & Entertainment

Hockey Operations – Already In place

Mark Chipman – Chairman True North Sports & Entertainment

Jim Ludlow – President and CEO of TNSE

Craig Heisinger – Senior VP of Hockey operations and Assistant GM (formerly Moose GM)

Kevin Cheveldayoff – General Manager and Executive VP Hockey Operations (formerly Chicago Blackhawks Assistant GM)


Claude Noel – Moose Head Coach (Potentially head coach)

Keith McCambridge – Moose Assistant Coach

Rick St. Croix – Moose Assistant Coach

Bruce Southern – Moose Director of Player Personnel

Jim Norgate – Moose Scout

Path to Glory: The NHL Draft

(Top Prospect Ryan Strome of the OHL’s Niagra Ice Dogs)

I’ll be at the NHL draft in Minneapolis on June 24th, so feel free to follow me on twitter for live draft-day tweets. (HouseOfPuck)

If there’s any question as to the importance of June 24, look no further than the Chicago Blackhawks. Or the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Detroit Red Wings. Of course, these are the last 3 cup winners, all of which have been built primarily through the draft. The first two were fortunate to get a string of very high picks, while the Red Wings have simply drafted well for years without the fortune of a lottery pick.

In terms of hockey operations, Friday June 24th is without a doubt the most important day for the Winnipeg (Blanks). It gives the team the opportunity to add a key piece of their future at virtually no cost – apart from the cost of well-paid scouts and the youngster’s inevitable entry-level contract, which will range from about $1.75-$2.5 million including bonuses. Here are the teams that are ahead of Winnipeg in the draft queue: Continue reading

The Winnipeg Jets – Fully Homegrown

Where were you on Tuesday, May 31? To say that the day was historic is an understatement. In terms of events worth celebrating, it may be the biggest day in Manitoba since the end of World War II. So in commemoration of the NHL’s return to Winnipeg here is the complete depth chart of all active, NHL-quality Manitobans:

All-Manitoba Roster

C: Jonathan Toews (Chi), Travis Zajac (Njd), Darren Helm (Det), Andrew Murray (Clb), Dustin Boyd (KHL)

LW: Dustin Penner (Lak), Alex Steen (Stl), Matt Calvert (Clb), Nigel Dawes (KHL), Cody McLeod (Col)

RW: Eric Fehr (Was), Jordin Tootoo (Nas), Ryan White (Mtl), Troy Bodie (Car), Colton Orr (Tor)

D: Ian White (UFA), Aaron Rome (Van), Travis Hamonic (Nyi), Cam Barker (Min), Bryce Salvador (Njd – currently concussed), Derek Meech (UFA), Shane Hnidy (UFA)

G: James Reimer (Tor), Brent Krahn (Dal) Continue reading