Seattle Kraken rookie camp begins at the Kraken Community Iceplex in less than a month. That rolls right into regular NHL training camp which rolls right into the preseason schedule.
The Kraken prospects still in major junior hockey will begin playing sooner than that in September. The European schedules will already be well underway.
In other words folks, hockey season is just around the corner.
Those initials mean everything to fans of the Buffalo Sabres.
Hockey lost one of its great all-time characters and broadcast legends on Thursday when Rick Jeanneret, the long-time play-by-play voice of the Sabres, passed away of multi-organ failure at age 81.
Try 51 years of excitement, entertainment, and unique broadcasts. He had a great traditional call, as in you knew what was happening, where it was happening, and to whom it was being done, but he also was just flat out fun to listen to, with a unique voice and one-of-a-kind banter.
Jeanneret would have seen the Kraken just once, on November 29th, 2021 in Buffalo, a 7-4 Seattle victory.
Jeanneret started on the radio side in 1971 and moved to the television booth in 1995. At the end of March, 2022, the Sabres raised a banner in his honor on Rick Jeanneret night. It had the years he worked, the small image of a microphone at the bottom, and highlighted by two letters. That’s really all that was needed.
Dan Petry won a World Series in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers. I saw him pitch a number of times at old Tiger Stadium. His son, Jeff Petry, finally made it back to Motown where his dad was such a success. The right-shot defenseman was moved from the Montreal Canadiens to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday for a conditional 4th-round NHL Draft pick in 2025 and 24-year-old right-shot defenseman Gustav Lindstrom.
The younger Petry is no stranger to the area. He was born in Ann Arbor, he played prep school hockey in greater Detroit and later played three seasons of college hockey for the Michigan State Spartans.
Petry, with 864 regular season NHL games under his belt, brings veteran leadership to the still rebuilding Red Wings. He’s spent most of his career with the Montreal Canadiens after 4-plus seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, the team that drafted him in the 2nd-round in 2006.
The Kraken visit Detroit on October 24th and host the Red Wings on February 19th.
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