The Detroit Red Wings have featured not only some of the National Hockey League’s greatest teams in history, but also some of the greatest players to ever lace up the skates. From Gordie Howe to Steve Yzerman, Ted Lindsay to Nicklas Lidstrom, Sid Abel to Sergei Fedorov, and plenty of others in between, Detroit’s is a rich history of some of the biggest names in the game.
But like any team with a history as extensive as Detroit’s, there are plenty of players that fans can certainly be excused if they plain forgot about. Our latest countdown will explore some of those names, and maybe even bring back a few brief memories in the process.
Our countdown continues with a little-used defenseman that earned a Stanley Cup ring, but didn’t provide too many other memories for the fans.
No. 8: Defenseman Jesse Wallin
Wallin came to Detroit after a career with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. He was drafted 26th overall in the 1st round of the 1996 NHL Draft. He was also a two time member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.
He would ultimately play in 49 games for the Red Wings over four seasons, and earned a Stanley Cup ring during the 2001-02 season; though he didn’t meet the qualifications to get his name on the Cup itself.
After signing a free-agent deal with the Calgary Flames in 2003, his playing career ended after suffering a concussion.
After serving for five years as the head coach and GM of the Red Deer Rebels, he became a professional scout for the Red Wings.