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Duffer’s Dabbles: Ex-Red Wings Forward Knuble Forgot To Duck



Mike Knuble, Grand Rapids Griffins coach
Former Red Wings forward Mike Knuble took a puck in the face during a Philadelphia Flyers Alumni game.

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Mike Knuble scored 278 goals during a 16-season NHL career by going to the front of the net and earning a living in the dirty areas on the ice.

Knuble is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings’ American Hockey League farm club the Grand Rapids Griffins. He started out by scoring eight of those goals in 62 games with the Red Wings, where he launched his NHL career from 1996-98. Knuble later played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. Nine times he collected at least 20 goals in a season, while twice reaching the 30-goal plateau.

Playing in a Flyers Alumni game on the weekend, Knuble, 49, was displaying that he’s still willing to pay the price to get to the puck. He was cut open and wearing a nasty welt after taking a puck to the cheek during the game.

“Guys out here are good hockey players,” Knuble explained. “They pass it too hard. Eric (Lindros) was trying to pass it to John (Leclair) cross ice. Kjell Samuelsson stepped into it. It ramped off his stick and hit me pretty hard.

“In all my years of playing, I don’t think I was ever hit that flush with a puck before.”

In true hockey fashion, after receiving some patchwork, Knuble was returning to the ice to finish the game.

Down On The Farm

Speaking of the Griffins, they were busily adjusting their roster this week. Goaltender Viktor Brattstrom was reassigned to the ECHL Toledo Walleye. Goalie Kaden Fulcher is joining Grand Rapids from Toledo.

The Griffins also signed left wing Max Humitz and center Brett McKenzie to professional tryouts. Grand Rapids is also releasing defenseman DJ King from his pro tryout.

Around The League

Detroit: Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin was pulled from the lineup during the second period of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars and placed into COVID-19 protocol.

Montreal: Cayden Primeau, the son of former Red Wings forward Keith Primeau, made his season debut for the Canadiens on Tuesday in their 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

Toronto: With Jack Campbell earning his third shutout of the season, the Maple Leafs blanked the Nashville Predators 3-0.

Vegas: Forwards Jonathan Marchessault and William Carrier have entered COVID-19 protocol for the Golden Knights, who play host to the Red Wings on Thursday.