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Wings' entry wins Mackinac ... again

Notso EZ Money claims 2012 Pro Team Challenge

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 12:01 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings\' entry wins Mackinac ... again

The crew of Notso EZ Money shows off their pride for the Red Wings and their sailing victory.

DETROIT – Michael Medwid didn’t exude too much confidence when first learning that his German import would fly the Red Wings’ colors in the 2012 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this month.

In fact, Medwid, of Commerce Township, Mich., first thought it was a joke, asking, “Are you sure you have the right boat?”

Medwid’s initial pessimism was understandable, especially since the Notso EZ Money was sailing in her maiden race.

The 45-foot German-made Dehler 44SQ was victorious in winning the fourth annual Pro Team Challenge, which is sponsored by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

It was the second straight year that a Red Wings’ boat won the team challenge. The Wings were last year’s champions when Sorcery, a 34 ½ foot Tartan based out of St. Clair Shores, Mich., raced across the finish line ahead of vessels sponsored by Detroit’s other major sports franchises, the Tigers, Lions and Pistons.

However, this month’s victory by Medwid’s 12-person crew wasn’t without controversy.

Sailing the longer 254 nautical mile Cove Island course, Notso EZ Money received a ratings adjustment from the 204 nautical mile Shore Course sailed by the Detroit Lions’ boat, Wind Toy IV, which finished first in its class and third in its division. But it could not overcome the handicap provided to Notso EZ Money that finished with a corrected time over just more than 56 ½ hours.

“The Pro team Challenge added a lot to the overall Mackinac event,” Medwid said. “It's really a cool thing and we were thrilled to be part of it and to represent the Detroit Red Wings”

Medwid was joined on the two-day voyage by his sons, Sam, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Matt, of Commerce Township. The remaining crew of Michigan sailors included Rich Harrison, of Waterford; Jim O’Connell, of Gladwin; Rick Courson, of Grosse Pointe Park; Matt Olson, of Orchard Lake; Ian Pouliot, of Mt. Clemens; Debbie Lesinski of Detroit; and Reid Pouliot, James Baker and Jake Wolny, of Harrison Township.

Boats sponsored by the Tigers and Pistons, Chico 2 and Praeceptor, respectively, encountered calm winds off of Bois Blanc near Alpena. Without air flow for 10-12 hours, both crews struggled in Lake Huron.

The Tigers finished third, but Praeceptor did not finish the race.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80