The National Hockey league is celebrating it’s 100 years of existence this season. The NHL released 33 members of the 100 greatest NHL players before the start Centennial Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs last Sunday. Of the 33 named prior to the game, six donned the winged wheel – Sid Abel, Alex Delvecchio, Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay and Terry Sawchuk.
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Abel played for Detroit from 1938-1952 recording 184 goals and 279 assists in a Red Wings uniform. He was also a 3-time Stanley Cup winner in 1943, ’50 and ’52. Abel then coached the Red Wings from 1957-1970 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.
Delvecchio spent his whole career with Detroit. During his 24-year career (1950-1974), he recorded 456 goals and 1,281 points. He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Red Wings and also won three Lady Byng Trophies (high-level player and high marks in sportsmanship). Delvecchio was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.
Nicknamed “Mr. Hockey”, Howe played 25 seasons with Detroit (1946-1971) His 801 career goals are second only to Wayne Gretzky in NHL history, and he holds the all-time franchise mark for total points (1,809). Howe played in 23 All-Star games, won Four Stanley cups (all with Detroit), six Hart Trophies (league MVP) and six Art Trophies (single-season points leader). He played professional hockey until he was 52 years old and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
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Kelly spent 13 of his 21 years of his professional career with Detroit (1947-1960). During his time in a Red Wings jersey, he scored 162 goals and assisted in 310 others. Kelly won the first ever James Norris Memorial Trophy for the league’s best defenseman in 1954. He also won four Stanley Cups and three Lady Byng Trophies (1951, 1953,1954).
Kelly was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.
Robert Blake Theodore Lindsay is another iconic Red Wing that many fans remember, spending 14 seasons with Detroit (1944-1957, 1964-1965) and scoring 335 goals (728 career points). Lindsay earned the nickname “Terrible Ted” while playing in the NHL due to his physical style of play and toughness, despite being undersized. He also won four Stanley Cups and won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950.
Lindsay was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.
Sawchuk played 21 seasons in the NHL (14 with Detroit). During his time as a Red Wing, Sawchuk posted a record of 351-243-132 with a 2.44 GAA (goals against average), pitching 85 shutouts. He is a 4-time Vezina Trophy recipient for being the best goaltender in the NHL (1952, 1953, 1955 and 1967). Sawchuk also won four Stanley Cups ( 1952, 1954, 1955 and 1967).
The Winnipeg-born Sawchuk was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971 and is arguably the best goalie to ever play for the Detroit Red Wings.
The remaining 67 players will be announced during the NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles January 28-29. Will there be more Red Wings to add to the list?