Welcome to Octopus Thrower, the Detroit Red Wings news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Octopus Thrower is dedicated to providing top-notch Red Wings news, views, and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Meet The Team

Ben Heydt

After gaining a Master's Degree in New Media Journalism, Ben spent a year interning for ECHL Week, covering the league. Hockey has been his passion ever since the first KOHO stick was placed in his palms as a child. Marrying his love for the sport and his love for writing has been a match made in heaven.


Bob Heyrman

Bob Heyrman is an editor at Octopus Thrower, part of the FanSided network, and a contributor for 49ers Webzone, part of USA Today Sports. Bob is an avid lifelong sports fan and has written and edited numerous articles across both networks. When Bob isn't writing, he is managing his family farm, which originated in 1926. He can often be found in downtown Detroit, taking in a sporting event.


Dane Nowland

A longtime Red Wings fan that loves Hockey! Looking forward to discussing my favorite team with other Red Wings fans.


Kaitlyn Glaza

Watcher of the Detroit Red Wings & the team’s prospects with a focus on the Grand Rapids Griffins players. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with others. She/her


Todd Matthews

Todd Matthews ran Sabre Noise and Raising Zona under the pen name Sion Fawkes between 2022 and 2024 before he switched his full focus to the NHL. A lifelong hockey fan, Todd now covers the entire NHL at FanSided as the Lead Editor and he is always happy to write about the league’s current happenings and its history. When he’s not writing about hockey, Todd is often found working out either in the gym or running on trails. He is a fan of symphonic and power metal, and an avid listener of audiobooks, particularly in the fantasy genre, and he can be reached at todd.matthews@fansided.com.

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