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Duffer’s Dabbles: Red Wings Broadcaster Rheaume Part Of NHL All-Star Skills Competition



Manon Rheaume, former NHL netminder
Female goaltending legend Manon Rheaume, part of the Bally Sports Red Wings telecasts, will play in the NHL All-Star Breakaway Challenge.

The Detroit Red Wings will have a second representative at the NHL All-Star Game after all. Female goaltending legend Manon Rheaume, part of the club’s Bally Sports broadcast team, will strap on the pads and partiicipate in in the breakaway challenge. That event will take place on Friday, Feb. 4 as part of the Super Skills Competition.

The first woman to play in an NHL game, Rheaume tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning for one period in a Sept. 23,1992 preseason game against the St. Louis Blues. She will be between the pipes at one end.

The other net will be occupied by actor Wyatt Rusell. The son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Russell played goal in Tier II junior in Ontario and BC and also NCAA hockey at Alabama-Huntsville.

Rheaume is drawing rave reviews for the insightful analysis she’s supplying this season, her first as an intermission analyst on Red Wings broadcasts.

Red Wings Return Pickard To Grand Rapids

Goaltender Calvin Pickard, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in his first NHL start of the season, was returned by the Red Wings to their AHL farm club the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Red Wings also shipped defenseman/forward Luke Witkowski back to GR.

In turn, the Griffins assigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher to the ECHL Toledo Walleye.

Around The NHL

Detroit: Jordan Oesterle’s first goal for the Red Wings was an overtime winner in a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

Pittsburgh: The NHL will be loosening its COVID-19 restrictions when the players return to action following the NHL All-Star break.

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Philadelphia: Mike Nykoluk is remembered as the NHL’s first assistant coach with the Flyers under Fred Shero.

NY Islanders: What does the future hold for forward Kieffer Bellows with the Isles?

Washington: The Capitals report that former Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen, out since Jan. 20 with an upper-body injury, is making progress.