NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2017

Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has passed away at age 87.

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch passes away, game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Long-time Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch passed away yesterday at age 87. The founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza and owner of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, Ilitch bought the Wings in 1982 and turned them from a floundering club into a Stanley Cup champion (1997,1998, 2002 and 2008) and one of the NHL’s best-run franchises.

In a statement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the Red Wings “have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Ilitch family and the Wings organization. Prior to Ilitch taking over the Wings, they were a once-proud franchise run into the ground by years of mismanagement and neglect. Purchasing the club for only $8 million ($19 million in 2016 dollars), Ilitch brought in shrewd hockey people who turned the Wings into a champion again. Today, the Wings are worth over $625 million.  Ilitch also played a significant role sponsoring hockey in the United States and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2003) and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. 

NHL.COM: Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for his 30th win of the season as the Minnesota Wild edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in a shootout.

Artemi Panarin scored twice and set up another to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Former NHL players Kyle and Eric Wellwood are helping fund a concussion app from HeadCheck Health that helps trainers, coaches or parents assess potential concussions in athletes.