Nick Foligno

What we learned last week in the NHL

What we learned last week in the NHL

What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:

The league and Detroit will miss Mike Ilitch.

The death last week of Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch was a great loss to the NHL. The son of Macedonian immigrants, Ilitch built a small pizza business into a sports empire and was in the forefront of reviving downtown Detroit. He bought the Red Wings during perhaps their darkest hour — when they were known as the Dead Things — and built them into a dynasty while also supporting local youth hockey programs. He was smart enough to hire good...

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