There’s plenty of debate as to where Detroit Red Wings 2022 first-round draft pick Marco Kasper will be playing his hockey during the 2023-24 season. But before he sets out on a bid to crack the Detroit roster, he’s taking time to be thankful to those where it all started out for him.
The Klagenfurt Red Jackets, Kasper’s original pro team in his native Austria, are playing their preseason home opener on Wednesday and Kasper is going to be the guest of honor. He’ll be signing autographs and posing for selfies during the first and second intermissions of the game.
Happen to be spending the week in Austria? 🇦🇹
Then you can watch Marco Kasper playing with his former club Klagenfurt on wednesday as he joins them for a preseason game.
— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) August 21, 2023
Kasper, who saw duty in one game for the Red Wings last season, has been working out with his old club in prepartion to depart soon for Detroit and begin his pursuit of an NHL career.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Forward Alex Chiasson, who played 20 games for Detroit last season, is going to be attending the Boston Bruins training camp on a PTO
- Former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Slava Fetisov is donating signed items to help raise funds for his old Russian Five defense partner Vladimir Konstantinov
- A Memorial match was held in Litvinov in the Czech Republic to honor the memory of former Red Wings star Petr Klima
- A second-round pick of Detroit in the 2019 NHL entry draft, forward Robert Mastrosimone is joining the Toronto Marlies on an AHL contract.
Red Wings Offseason
Netminder Jonathan Bernier, who was announcing his retirement on Monday, spent three of his 15 NHL seasons (2018-21) with the Red Wings.
404 NHL games and Jonathan Bernier's (@jobernier45) putting the pads away. 👏
We wish you all the best in retirement! pic.twitter.com/hL4qG7A5GU
— NHL (@NHL) August 21, 2023
While he might not gain a presence among the all-time Detroit greats, Bernier nonetheless is deserving of kudos. Backstopping some poor clubs, he kept his GAA under 3.00 in two of three seasons and his save percentage above .900 in all three campaigns.
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