Detroit – Robby Fabbri was back in hockey on a hot Monday afternoon.
Sure, it was street hockey, as part of the Red Wings’ “Street Hockey in The D: Summer Series”, but it was hockey with a group of enthusiastic kids.
But Fabbri, who said he suffered a “minor concussion” at the end of the season causing him to miss the last 17 games, will be ready for training camp in September.
“It’s okay,” Fabbri said after Monday’s event at the Patton Memorial Center. “I’m 100% now. I’ve been training for a few months and everything is back to normal. It’s nice to be healthy from the start of the summer and not miss any training.”
Fabbri last performed on April 3 in Tampa. He went on the ice and practiced a few times, but setbacks kept him from playing.
“As we speeded it up a bit, I had a few setbacks, so we kind of slowed the process down a bit and made sure we didn’t risk new things to come,” said Fabbri. “I just made sure he was properly healed and I didn’t want to rush anything. “
The concussion happened suddenly, said Fabbri, who did not appear to be abnormal.
“I got caught in the jaw, one of those things that happens a million times in a game,” Fabbri said. “But this one sounded a little different, so we just wanted to make sure I was healthy.”
Fabbri has already started skating regularly at the Wings training rink with players from the city, such as Danny DeKeyser, Vladislav Namestnikov, Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Michael Rasmussen and Thomas Greiss.
Fabbri enjoyed being back in the community on Monday and having fun with the young fans. The pandemic has wiped out all kinds of community relations projects.
“It was a lot of fun,” Fabbri said. “We have failed to do this throughout the year and interact with our fans, especially the youngsters, and do things like that.”
Larkin, Bertuzzi update
Larkin (neck) and Bertuzzi (back surgery) have started light skating, but coach Jeff Blashill, also present at Monday’s event, isn’t saying for sure the two forwards will be ready to start camp. training.
“(Larkin) is progressing in a way that we think he will be ready,” said Blashill. “In those two months (before camp) things do happen. Certainly I would never guarantee that anyone would be ready, things can happen. But I do know that Dylan is at LCA (Little Caesars Arena) every day. and it progresses.
“Same with Bert. They’re in the same boat this way, which is probably good that they can do it together. They’re different injuries, but they move at the same pace together.”
Excited about Leddy
Blashill welcomed the addition of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy on Friday.
The Wings sent forward Richard Panik and a second-round pick in this weekend’s draft to the Islanders.
“Nick adds a player who has long been a legitimate Top 4 defenseman in this league,” Blashill said. “He’s a great skater, and people I know in New York that I’ve spoken to say he’s a great person.
“On top of that he’s been in an organization that wins in a way that we’ll have to win like. Barry Trotz (Islanders coach) is one of the best coaches in the league so he’s been trained well, and they have a great coaching staff so we’re thrilled. “
Pre-season slate set
The Wings return to the ice at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, September 30 for the first of their four home preseason games. The Wings announced their eight-game preseason schedule on Monday.
The schedule is:
►Wednesday Sept. 29: at the Blackhawks (8:30 am)
►Thursday Sept. 30: vs Sabers (7:30 am)
►Saturday October 2: vs Blue Jackets (7)
►Sunday October 3: chez Pengouins (1)
►Monday October 4: vs Blackhawks (7:30)
►Wednesday 6 oct .: at Blue Jackets (7)
►Thursday October 7: vs Penguins (7:30 am)
►Saturday October 9: at Les Sabers (3)
Ticket information will be announced in the coming days.
The Wings announced at Monday’s event that one of the young entrants, Harold Washington Jr., 10, of Detroit, will help general manager Steve Yzerman announce the pick in Friday’s draft.
The Summer Hockey Series offers more than 100 Detroit youth the opportunity to participate in a six-week in-person clinic series.