Reigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks begin training camp in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Thursday and will host public practices Saturday and Sunday, with a special student event Friday. Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said Blackhawks’ General Manager Stan Bowman, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus, wanted to bring the team to his alma mater to build community. “[Bowman] just happened to be in the area last February … and suggested that they might want to come to campus for training camp if we could work that out,” Nevala said. “They liked the idea of getting their guys all together to do a little team unity exercise instead of operating from their individual homes in Chicago and just coming to the United Center. They thought to spend a few days on campus with a facility like we have here would be a great way to start their next year.” Nevala said the Blackhawks would take advantage of Compton’s many amenities during training camp. “They’re bringing 60 players here so you have to have the locker space for 60 guys, and I think we were able to provide that compared to what they might be used to [at the United Center],” he said. “I think the opportunity to use both rinks [will be helpful] … Maybe they’re going to run practice on one side and the scrimmages that they’ve been advertising in the main arena.” During training camp, the Blackhawks will split up into three different teams and play two scrimmages a day, he said. The Blackhawks are also looking forward to experiencing Notre Dame’s campus for a few days, Nevala said. “I think they just like being in the campus environment, with Eddy Street [Commons] available,” he said. “They’re staying at the Morris Inn. I’m sure they’ll probably go play golf one day and we’re going to try to get them to football practice.” Blackhawks players will also attend a team dinner with the Notre Dame hockey squad Friday, Nevala said. Nevala said it was the Blackhawks’ idea to sell public tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s practices, which are currently sold out. However, Notre Dame was adamant about doing something special for its students, he said. “All along we were hoping we could do something unique for our students while [the Blackhawks] were here,” he said. “We said, ‘Well, how about we do a day with the students when you aren’t selling tickets,’ and it’ll be a unique opportunity for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to get in and see them scrimmage if they have time during their lunch break or something. We don’t want anybody skipping class, now.” Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students can attend the Blackhawks’ practice for free Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena with a valid student ID. Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks cap off their visit to Notre Dame by bringing the Stanley Cup to campus. “We’re hopeful that the Stanley Cup might be on campus at some point during this visit,” he said. “I literally don’t know how long it would be here if it’s going to be here. We’re hopeful it makes its second visit because Stan did bring it here in 2010. After they won the Stanley Cup that year, he used his day with the cup to bring it to campus for the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game. We’re hopeful it comes again.” Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks decide to return again next year. “We hope [the Blackhawks] enjoy their time in South Bend and on campus, and maybe they’ll decide this is a good way to start their year again in the future,” he said.
“I have thought about it. I’ve had three years off, I should be ready,” he added. “It was the whole package: that I know Paul, Villa is a top club, that I could continue working with the Irish team. “You weigh all these things up and I kept coming up with the same conclusion. “They (Villa) have had a difficult two or three years but that is part of the challenge. “I am aware the club is for sale but that did not put me off. “I have a chance to work with Paul at Villa: from a selfish point of view I think it would help me working with players in the Premier League. “I am fortunate to be still working with the Irish team, I don’t think it will be a problem working in the two roles.” Lambert also believes there will be no issues working with Keane as both know who is in charge. “There is no secret, it is someone I get on with and have known for a long time,” said the Villa boss. “I wouldn’t bring in Roy for the sake of his name, I think he can bring something to the table and I’m looking forward to working with him. “He is a top guy, a real football person with great football knowledge. “He had a successful time with Sunderland so there will be no problem whatsoever. “He will help me and is someone I will lean on as I will be able to trust him 100 per cent but you have to be strong yourself. “We’ve known each other for a while and have huge respect for each other but the manager of any club has the final word.” “From my experience so far alongside Martin I am a bit more hands-on with the players, which I have enjoyed,” he said. “It is a different role with Villa but I can adapt and I think my experience as a manager will help because it is tough being a manager. “Hopefully I will make Paul’s job easier. Hopefully I am someone Paul can trust; (I can) talk to the players and staff. “I have some good experience from my playing days – some bad ones as well. “I’ll keep my job description pretty simple. I’m here to help the team and get results. “I have some good experiences as a player and a manager and obviously he (Lambert) thinks I can bring something to the party. “I am not promising miracles but hopefully an improvement.” Keane was linked with the Celtic job earlier this summer when Neil Lennon left Parkhead but it was the opportunity Villa offered – allowing him to remain in a position with the national team – which helped convince him to move back into the Premier League. The Irishman, who will also continue as number two to Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland, has been keen to make a return to the day-to-day workings of football since being sacked as Ipswich manager in January 2011. Keane, having also been in charge at Sunderland, insists he has no problems being an assistant. New Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane cannot “promise miracles” in his new role under Paul Lambert but hopes to have a positive impact on performances and results. Press Association
Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger (18) looks for a rebound as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot in the first period in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have tweaked their approach in hopes of taking some of the pressure off goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.While Fleury appreciates his teammates’ effort to play a little more responsibly on defense, he doesn’t mind showing he can still handle himself when things get busy in front of him.Fleury stopped a season-high 37 shots Friday night in a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, earning his NHL-high 10th victory by shutting down the Blue Jackets early and buying Pittsburgh’s offense enough time to chase reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky.“We gave them way too many chances to play in our end,” Pittsburgh center Brandon Sutter said. “You’ve got to look at Flower and how he played. He did a great job for us.”The Blue Jackets certainly weren’t arguing. After Chris Kunitz’s seventh goal of the season gave the Penguins the lead 7:01 into the game, Fleury made it stand up by keeping Columbus at bay. He made a series of sprawling saves on a Blue Jackets’ power play near the end of the first period, including a point-black stop on Ryan Johansen in which he slid all the way across the crease to get in front of a rebound.“It was a big (penalty kill) for us,” Fleury said. “You want to keep it 1-0 there and not give them a chance to come back.”Pittsburgh responded by taking control early in the second period. Sutter and Kris Letang scored 1:51 apart to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead and send Bobrovsky to the bench after allowing three goals on 13 shots in just 23 minutes.“The start of (the second) periods haven’t been our best,” Johansen said. “We’ve got to find ways to win 60-minute games.”That’s hardly a problem at the moment for Pittsburgh, which improved to 10-4 and leads the newly formed Metropolitan division by eight points not even a month into the season. Jason Megna scored his second NHL goal for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby recorded an assist to push his point total to an NHL-leading 22.Johansen and Derek MacKenzie scored for Columbus, but the Blue Jackets couldn’t match Pittsburgh’s firepower or goaltending.Bobrovsky entered the game 5-1-1 in his last seven games against the Penguins, all while playing for Philadelphia. He struggled from the opening faceoff, never looking comfortable in a building in which he has been dominant.The meeting was the first between the clubs as division rivals. Columbus switched from the Western Conference to the Metropolitan in the East as part of realignment, and the quickly improving Blue Jackets are hoping to create a rivalry based on more than geography.Not quite yet.Though Columbus is the closest NHL city to Pittsburgh, the gulf remains significant even if it didn’t look that way in the opening minutes. Columbus controlled most of the first period, sending 15 shots at Fleury. It was one of the rare times the Penguins have been on their heels at home.It didn’t last.Pittsburgh gathered itself during the first intermission and then took over. Sutter, who had a 17-game goal drought end in a victory over Boston on Wednesday, collected a pass off the boards from Tanner Glass and worked around Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson before slipping the puck under Bobrovsky’s pads to make it 2-0 just 1:10 into the second.“I don’t really pay too much attention to trying to score goals all the time,” Sutter said. “It feels better to get a couple and get the monkey off the back. Hopefully I’ll try to stay hot.”The Penguins needed less than 2 minutes to push their advantage to 3-0. Letang fired a shot from outside the left circle that Bobrovsky mishandled. The puck slipped between his arm and his chest, and seconds later he was pulled in favor of backup Curtis Mclhinney.McElhinney wasn’t even warmed up when Megna tapped in a beautiful backhand pass from Jussi Jokinen to put Pittsburgh up 5:34 into the second period. That was more than enough for Fleury, who improved to 21-2 in his last 23 regular-season starts at home.NOTES: The teams will meet again in Columbus on Saturday. … The Penguins are 8-1 when scoring first. … Crosby has at least one point in 12 of Pittsburgh’s 14 games. … Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin recorded two assists but had a second-period goal overturned when replay showed the puck didn’t entirely cross the goal line. … The Blue Jackets scratched D Nikita Nikitin and F Boone Jenner. … The Penguins scratched D Rob Scuderi (ankle), F Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and F Matt D’Agostini (lower body).___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP
Categories: Whiteford News Rep. Whiteford: “Job creation in our community is always good news.”Coastal Automotive, LLC, an automotive safety manufacturer based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, announced that it will establish a new facility in Holland, investing nearly $6.5 million and creating 110 jobs.As a result, the Michigan Business Development Program has awarded the project a $436,000 performance-based grant.The city of Holland has also offered support to the project in the form of property taz abatement.“This is great news for our community,” said state Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Township, “Congratulations to Coastal Automotive. I look forward to a bright future in its partnership with Holland.”To learn more about career opportunities with Coastal Automotive, visit http://coastal-automotive.com/careers/.### 18Oct Holland automotive safety manufacturer receives Michigan Business Development grant
Categories: Runestad News 13Jun Runestad plan helps families look out for loved ones in nursing homes Tags: Health Policy, Nursing Homes Measure would allow installation of resident-approved cameras State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced legislation Tuesday allowing residents to approve the installation of cameras in their private nursing home rooms. Under the legislation a facility could not refuse to allow a family and the resident this option.“Families are looking for more ways to stay connected with their loves ones,” Runestad said. “Allowing resident-approved cameras will give them a way to check-in when they can’t be there personally.“Families will be able to communicate with their loved one about their daily activities with more understanding and also be able to better communicate with staff and facilities about care.”Since the right to install these cameras has not been successfully established in Michigan, nursing home facilities may currently refuse to allow the installation of cameras in a resident’s own room. House Bill 6192 states a facility must provide a suitable location for the installation of a camera and make reasonable accommodations.“As we work toward passage of this legislation, I intend to bring together a team of experts dedicated to ensuring quality care in our homes while protecting privacy rights and working with the facilities,” Runestad said.Several other states, including Texas and Louisiana, have passed legislation allowing cameras in nursing home facilities.This legislation was referred to the House Committee on Health Policy for consideration.###