Detroit Red Wings
Clear Bag Policy Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Lidstrom: 'Very emotional day'

Wings leave training camp to attend McCrimmon's funeral

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 12:01 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
X
Share with your Friends


Lidstrom: \'Very emotional day\'

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The Red Wings will attend the funeral of friend, and former teammate and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon this afternoon in Farmington, Michigan.

Following a 30-minute practice Saturday morning at Centre I.C.E. Arena, many players, coaches and management boarded a charter for a flight to metro Detroit for the funeral.

McCrimmon, 52, was among 44 people killed earlier this month – including former Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei and former prospect Stefan Liv – when the jetliner that they were on crashed shortly after takeoff some 150 miles northeast of Moscow.

“I think it’s real important for our team (to be there),” coach Mike Babcock said. “I’m thankful that we did what we did, because I feel it’s real important.  … It’ll be good for us to be there.”

Known as Beast among teammates and friends, McCrimmon was a Wings’ assistant for the last three seasons. He also played 18 NHL seasons, including three years with the Wings. He was the first NHL defensive partner for current Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

“It’s hard. It’s just such a tragedy,” Lidstrom said. “And it’s just not Beast, but for everyone that went down with the plane. It’s been a different kind of mood in here, but it’s getting back to the way we were before. But today is going to be a very emotional day for us.”

Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @RooseBill

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89