drwcentral.net to Become DetroitHockey.Net

drwcentral.net will receive a new name and be moved to a new location for the upcoming NHL season. The site will be renamed and relocated to DetroitHockey.Net.

DetroitHockey.Net, or DH.N, will be almost identical to the current drwcentral.net.

While several large-scale changes are slated to be made for DH.N, none of those will occur during the transition from drwcentral.net to DetroitHockey.Net.

The name change is the fourth in the history of the site. DetroitHockey.Net was born as YzerFan19’s Detroit Red Wings Page and was later renamed DRW Central. DRW Central became drwcentral.net when the site moved to its own domain.

The change is coming because of lack of name recognition with the current name. Studies showed that casual web users did not equate drwcentral.net with the Detroit Red Wings or hockey in general.

DetroitHockey.Net assures its visitors that the change will be seamless.

Roest Returns to Hockeytown

After two years with the Minnesota Wild, former Detroit Red Wing Stacy Roest is returning to the team he spent his first two NHL seasons with.

Roest, 28, broke into the NHL with the Red Wings in 1998. He scored 11 goals and added 17 assists in 108 games for Detroit before being selected by Minnesota in the Expansion Draft.

Roest had 17 goals and 31 assists in 134 games with the Wild.

Terms of the one-year deal were not announced.

Cup Begins European Tour

In celebration of the Red Wings’ 2002 Stanley Cup Championship, the famed trophy began it’s tour of Europe on Sunday when Pavel Datsyuk took it to the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, his hometown.

Datsyuk brought the Cup to Russia to encourage the Russian youth to take up hockey.

“Russian hockey should be helped, and as many children as possible should go in for sports so that they do not roam about in the streets,” he said.

Datsyuk, along with fellow Russian Red Wings Igor Larionov and Maxim Kuznetsov brought the Stanley Cup to Moscow on Monday. It was scheduled to be displayed in the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Larionov was among the first players to bring the Cup to Russia following the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup Championship.

The Stanley Cup will next go to Sweden with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and forward Tomas Holmstrom before continuing on to the Czech Republic with now-retired netminder Dominik Hasek.