Monday, June 15, 2009

When all is lost...the journey must start again

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins on their 3rd Stanley Cup. Enjoy the win.

I am not going to concentrate on what went wrong in the series; we all know injuries were a part of the cause besides a better and more hungry Pittsburgh team. Instead, I am going to concentrate on the more positive things that our team, the Detroit Red Wings, gave us.

The Detroit Red Wings gave us one great season of hockey. Through the ups and downs they gave the state of Michigan some hope and something to be proud of. This is why I thank the Detroit Red Wings. You boys gave us fans something to cheer about, believe in and be proud of. Thank you for that.

Every team has their MVP's and Detroit has many. As a reflect back on the season I have came up with my own MVP's and honorable mentions.

Regular Season MVP: Pavel Datsyuk

During the regular season, Datsyuk put up good numbers (32 Goals, 65 Assists, 97 Points) while showing other players on the ice why fans call him Houdini at times. There are reasons why Datsyuk is nominated for the Lady Byng, Selke, Hart and the Lester B. Pearson.

Honorable mentions: Marian Hossa, Ty Conklin

Playoff MVP: Chris Osgood

Despite his not so steller regular season performance, Chris Osgood made sure to shut up his non-believers once the playoffs started. He truly made a difference in the playoffs for this team. If it wasn't for Osgood playing his best hockey yet, Detroit's playoff run would of ended a lot sooner. Osgood once again, showed us why he is a #1 goaltender.

Honorable mentions: Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Daniel Cleary

Rookie MVP: Darren Helm

The minute Darren Helm was called up from Grand Rapids he made a difference on the ice for the Detroit Red Wings. Once the playoffs began, he played with so much heart while showing many why he should be (and will) on the team next season. He amazed us with his amazing penalty kill skills, his hard hits and his ability to score goals. He has a bright future with this team and I look forward to seeing more of him.

Honorable mentions: Jonathan Ericsson and Justin Adblerkader

One last thing, to the amazing team of the Detroit Red Wings, be proud on how far you have gotten this season. Hold your hear up high, you all are still amazing players. Rest up, enjoy time with family and friends and next season we can once again begin that journey for the Stanley Cup.


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