Today in Hockey History: March 31

Today in Hockey History: March 31

March 31st, 2020 This is a very important date in hockey history as one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates was born on March 31. There were plenty of huge milestones that were reached on this date by some of the legends of the game, including a Hall of Famer’s final game. Happy Birthday,...
Red Wings' Prospect Contracts Affected by Season Pause

Red Wings' Prospect Contracts Affected by Season Pause

March 31st, 2020 There is a very pervasive feeling of an end for the AHL and NHL in 2020. Though neither have officially ended their seasons, no final decision has been made yet which leads to much doubting and time ticking by. The feeling of an end is becoming more prevalent.  Along with the dreadful...

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March 26th, 2020
Red Wings History

One of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game set a record that will likely never be broken on this date. A hockey legend won his first and only scoring title and an American-born player scored 100 points for the first time in National Hockey League history. Tony O Sets the Bar High Tony Esposito was one of the best goaltenders of his generation. During his Hall of Fame career, which spanned from 1968 to 1984, he won 423 games to go along with his 2.93 goals-against average (GAA) and .906 SV%. He was a five-time All-Star and took home three Vezina Trophies for being the league’s top goaltender. After playing 13 games with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1968-69 season, he was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Intra-League Draft. On March 26, 1970, Esposito shutout the Detroit Red Wings to pick up his 14th shutout of the season, breaking Harry Lumley’s “modern” record for most shutouts in a season. He finished the season with 15 shutouts, which...
March 25th, 2020
Red Wings History

Today’s date is one of firsts throughout National Hockey League history. It has given plenty of new marks in both the regular season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the decades. Gretzky Does the Unthinkable On March 25, 1982, Wayne Gretzky accomplished something many thought could never be done; score 200 points in a season. He entered the game against the Calgary Flames with 199 points. Early in the first period, he assisted on Pat Hughes’ goal to become the first player to ever hit the 200-point plateau. Gretzky was far from done that evening as he picked up another assist later in the first period. In the second period, he set another NHL record by scoring two shorthanded goals just 27 seconds apart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OJemyw7VYg The Great One finished the season with 212 points. He scored 196 points the following season before having three straight seasons with over 200 points. He scored 205 in 1983-84, 208 in 1984-85 and a record 215 in...
March 24th, 2020
Red Wings History

Back in the 1950s, the Detroit Red Wings were nearly unstoppable. That is, until Jack Adams broke up the band. But before Adams could attempt his own rebuild, the franchise won four Stanley Cups in six years. Between 1950 and 1956, the Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs met in the Stanley Cup semi-finals five times. Detroit won every series, but the games often got heated between the two rivals like most postseason contests do. As most hockey fans know, anything can happen in the playoffs. For Detroit's 1956 squad—one that featured Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Glenn Hall, Red Kelly, "Dutch" Reibel, Alex Delvecchio, Marcel Pronovost, and other Red Wings legends—that was no different. That postseason's obscure event centered around "Terrible Ted" – literally. Red Wings-Maple Leafs Tension Boils Over Of the five playoff matchups, only the 1950 best-of-seven series was close, with the Red Wings needing a Game 7 overtime goal by Leo Reise Jr. to eliminate the Maple...
March 24th, 2020
Free Agents

With all that's going on in the world, who knows when or if the NHL will resume its season. Recent reports suggest that the league may resume in August, award the Stanley Cup in September, and then hold a truncated offseason during October when the draft and free agency would take place. That means waiting an extra few months for the two biggest events that will shape next season's Detroit Red Wings. The draft has been on everyone's mind since it became clear the team wouldn't contend this season. As for free agency, they have money to spend and some holes to fill. Related: Red Wings' All-Time Greatest Lines That doesn't mean the Red Wings will go on a spending spree once the gates are opened to speak with free agents (UFA). They are in the midst of a rebuild and might be years away from contending for a playoff spot. This isn't the time to hand out huge contracts for hot-ticket players. However, there are some UFA options available that the Red Wings should consider...

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Phantom Sniper Fires Up Red Wings' "Terrible Ted"

Back in the 1950s, the Detroit Red Wings were nearly unstoppable. That is, until Jack Adams broke up the band. But before Adams could attempt his own rebuild, the franchise won four Stanley Cups in six years. Between 1950 and 1956, the Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs met in the Stanley... March 24th, 2020

Do You Know Your Red Wings Trivia?

Are you a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan? Think you know all there is to know about the team? Let’s find out. We’ve dug into the past to pull out some key moments by some of the great players and coaches in the franchise’s history. How Well Do You Know the Wings’... May 30th, 2019