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Alex Delvecchio

Born:December 4, 1931Draft:Joined the Red Wings in 1950
Hometown:Fort William, ON, CANPosition:Centre
Known For:3x Stanley Cup WinnerShoots:Left
National Team:N/A

Alexander Peter “Fats” Delvecchio (born December 4, 1931) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, coach, and general manager who spent his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings. In a playing career that lasted 24 seasons, Delvecchio played in 1,549 games, recording 1,281 points. At the time of his retirement, he was second in NHL history in games played, assists and points. He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct three times, and helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup three times. Delvecchio’s 1,549 games with the Red Wings, is only one of three to play at least 1,500 games with one team (the other two, Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidström, also played for them). Immediately after retiring in 1973, Delvecchio was named head coach of the team and was also named the team’s general manager in 1974, serving in both roles until 1977. Delvecchio was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977, and in 2017 was named one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players” in history.

Rangers Harry Howell vs Red Wings Alex Delvecchio

Alex Delvecchio Stats

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  • Third all-time in games played in a Red Wings uniform (Nicklas Lidstrom and Gordie Howe).
  • Retired as the overall leader and held record for 32 years for games played in a career spent with only one team (from 1980 until 2012), since passed by Lidstrom, still a record for forwards.
  • 3-time Stanley Cup champion with Detroit (1952, 1954, 1955).
  • 3-time Lady Byng Trophy winner (1959, 1966, 1969)
  • Lester Patrick Trophy winner (1974)
  • Named a Second Team All-Star in 1953 (at centre) and 1959 (at left wing).
  • Played in the All-Star Game 13 times (in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967), a total surpassed by only six players.
  • Served as team captain for twelve years, a mark surpassed only in Wings’ history by Steve Yzerman.
  • Remains 11th all-time in NHL history in games played and 27th in points scored.
  • Third in points and goals, and fourth in assists, in Red Wings history
  • In 1998, he was ranked number 82 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
  • Detroit Red Wings #10 retired on November 10, 1991
  • On October 16, 2008, The Red Wings unveiled a commemorative statue commissioned by artist Omri R. Amrany.
  • In January, 2017, Delvecchio was part of the first group of players to be named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.