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http://www.redwingscentral.com link: Free agents look for pro contracts

The Detroit Red Wings have invited 11 free agent tryouts to training camp this season. Over the years, the organization has signed a number of valuable players through this approach, including Sean Avery and Jason Williams. Others could end up earning AHL contracts with Grand Rapids or ECHL deals with Toledo. Here is a look at the free agent tryouts at this year's camp (excluding Igor Larionov and Derek King):

Kevin SPIEWAK, 5-10, 180, C, 42-15-14-29-45, North Dakota (NCAA): Spiewak, 24, finished four years at the University of North Dakota last season and played three games with Portland (AHL) on an amateur tryout contract. He is in search of a pro contract for 2003-04.

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Pasted from a Hockey's Future write-up:


Today was the fourth day of Detroit Red Wings training camp and the last day of scrimmages before the teams face off for the championship games Tuesday night.

The eleven tryout players continue to try to impress the Red Wings management for a contract before the regular season starts. Four have caught Ken Holland's eye this week: Carson Germyn, John Shouneyia, David Brisson, and Kevin Spiewak.

"Spiewak has speed and is very competitive" said Holland, "but Brisson has scored four goals this week which has put him a little ahead of the rest."

Brisson is tied for second place in scoring with Tomas Holmstrom with six points. Brendan Shanahan is in first place with seven points.

The team standings after today's games are as follows:

Team W L T

Team A 3 - 0 - 1

Team B 3 - 1 - 0

Team C 0 - 2 - 2

Team D 0 - 3 - 1

Teams A and B will play for the gold with teams C and D playing for the bronze.

The same pairing of teams faced off on Monday morning with Team A winning 3-1 over Team B and Team D winning 4-2 over Team C.

Jason Williams scored the first goal for Team A at 11:35 of the first period against tryout Jeff MacDougald. Danny Groulx and Hugo Boisvert had the assists.

Spiewak put Team A by two at 20:54 of the first with Brisson and Jimmy Cuddihy picking up the assists.

Groulx scored the final goal for Team A at 23:02 with Grand Rapids Griffin's player Aaron Schneekloth getting the assist.

Travis Richards scored the only goal for Team B against Dominik Hasek with a slapshot from the blueline. Pavel Datsyuk had the assist.

Team D then took on Team C, beating them by a score of 4-2.

Matt Ellis gave Team D the lead scoring the first goal at 6:14 of the first period with a slapshot from along the boards beating Marc Lamothe over the glove shoulder. Scott Horvath and Chris Chelios had the assists.

Michel Picard tied the game up three minutes later scoring on Drew MacIntyre with a cross ice pass from Jason Wooley at 9:26 of the first.

Shanahan took the lead back at 13:07 poking Jiri Hudler's rebound past Lamothe.

Horvath scored at 16:46 to finish the first period scoring. Tomas Fleischmann and Ellis assisted on the goal.

Kevin Miller scored Team C's second and final goal against Joey MacDonald on Anders Myrvold's rebound at 14:04 of the second period.

With 49 seconds left in the game, Shanahan scored in the empty net with an assist from Tomas Holmstrom making the final score 4-2.

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The Red Wings released Kevin yesterday as they cut their roster down, but I'm guessing he wasn't planning on making the team right off the bat anyway. I think it's a process, and step one is getting a chance and making an impression, which it sounds like he did. Hopefully, he can have a good year below the NHL and continue to progress professionally.

Also, in the same camp, this apparently happened:

"Tim Skarperud gave the lead to Team D once again at 23:05. Mark Mowers passed the puck across the front of the net to Nathan Robinson who took a shot but was stopped by Hasek. Skarperud jammed the rebound in past Hasek's pads."

That last sentence is something else.

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I've been keeping up with both Kevin Spiewak and Aaron Schneekloth in the Red Wings camp because they are both property of the S.C. Stingrays (ECHL) if they don't make an AHL club.

It sounds like both had a good camp.

Schneekloth is one of the 53 players left in camp.

Both guys put up some good numbers in their 5 games.

Spiewak - 1 goal, 2 assists, +4

Schneekloth - 2 assists, +6

Here's the link to Team A Stats

You can get to the other 3 teams stats from that page also.

Skarperud stats were 1 goal, 2 assists, -2

The S.C. Stingrays just love former Sioux players.

Signed Spiewak this season.

Last season had Aaron Schneekloth, Adam Calder, Brad Williamson, and Peter Armbrust. :D

Who could be next?

Go Sioux and Stingrays :huh:

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