Vladimir Konstantinov signs autographs to pay for his medical care

He was one of the most punishing and devastatingly effective defenseman in the National Hockey League, and was truly coming into his own at the time of the historic 1997 Stanley Cup victory. He was also an astounding plus-60 during Detroit’s record-setting 1995-96 season, and his massive body checks put fear into the hearts of … Read more

Detroit Red Wings ‘Russian Five’ get into line brawl with New York Rangers [Video]

Let’s flashback to 1995 when the Detroit Red Wings ‘Russian Five’ got into a line brawl with the New York Rangers. I would pay top dollar to go back in time to see Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Slava Kozlov, Igor Larionov and Vladimir Konstantinov playing together in their prime just one more time. Enjoy the rumble! (Please click here if … Read more

Steve Yzerman presents Stanley Cup to Vladimir Konstantinov OTD in 1998 [VIDEO]

June 16, 1998: The Detroit Red Wings dominance of the hockey world continues as they raised the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year! No other team was able to repeat as Stanley Cup champions until the Pittsburgh Penguins did so in 2017. The previous season saw the Red Wings end 42 years of futility. … Read more

5 Former Detroit Red Wings who should have their number retired

There is no question about it that the Detroit Red Wings have had a storied history which has included some great players. Of those players, only eight have had the honor of having their number retired. No. 1 – Terry Sawchuk No. 4 – Red Kelly No. 5 – Nicklas Lidstrom No. 7 – Ted … Read more

Vladimir Konstantinov punishes Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg (VIDEO)

The Detroit Red Wings regular season is just around the corner. And while this season will be a completely different experience for everyone involved, we’re looking forward to kicking off the 95th chapter of the historic franchise. Each day as the season draws closer, we’ll be posting a tribute piece to a player who wore … Read more

Ken Holland reveals Red Wings nearly drafted Russian superstar Pavel Bure

Former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland carved out an impressive resume during his time in the Motor City, having been part of four Stanley Cup-winning squads (three of which as GM) and gaining a reputation as one of the top executives in the game. During the 1989 NHL Draft, Holland worked for Detroit … Read more

Happy Birthday Vladimir Konstantinov! Hits, Skills, and Heart [Video]

In honor of former Detroit Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov‘s 52nd Birthday, we take a look back at what made him such a great player. Enjoy! The Hits Vlad brought the pain, most delightfully when it was a certain member of the Colorado Avalanche on the other end. Vladdie’s skills went far beyond being an enforcer … Read more

Former Detroit Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov gets loud ovation at Little Caesars Arena [Video]

Nearly 23 years ago, Vladimir Konstantinov had his career cut short just six days after winning the 1997 Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. Embed from Getty Images On Tuesday night, Konstantinov was at Little Caesars Arena and when he was shown on the big screen, he received a loud ovation from the Red … Read more

The Russian Five debuted 24 years ago today in 1995

Hockey was forever changed on October 27, 1995, during a tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames. It was the night that Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman sent five former Soviet Red Army players onto the ice in Calgary, and into history. Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Slava … Read more

BREAKING: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announces Class of 2019

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019 and to say it is an accomplished group would be a severe understatement. The list of inductees include the following: Grant Hill Vladimir Konstantinov Morris Peterson Diane Dietz Allison Schmitt Charles Woodson Dan Fife Harry Atkins Mike O’Hara Tom Wilson Congratulations to the … Read more

DSN’s interview with 4-time Stanley Cup champion Kirk Maltby

The Stanley Cup winning Detroit Red Wings squads of 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008 were known for embodying the working class spirit of the Motor City. Perhaps no other lime combination that donned the Winged Wheel exemplified the blue collar attitude of Detroit than the group known as “The Grind Line”. Embed from Getty Images … Read more

GoFundMe started for care of former Detroit Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov

A GoFundMe page has been started for former Detroit Red Wing, Vladimir Konstantinov. Embed from Getty Images According to reports, the page was started by Vlady’s family to raise money for his medical care that has been needed since his tragic accident in 1997 that left him with a traumatic brain injury. From GoFundMe: On … Read more

WATCH: New ‘The Russian Five’ documentary trailer

After making its debut last year at the 2018 Freep Film Festival, “The Russian Five” documentary released a new trailer on Sunday and announced several showings will be held in various movie theatres across Michigan starting on March 22nd. The Russian Five will initially hit 25 theaters (mostly in Michigan) on March 22nd. According to the film’s producer, … Read more

THROWBACK: Vladimir Konstantinov destroys Peter Forsberg [VIDEO]

One of the all-time best hitters, playing during arguably the best rivalry in all pro-sports. What could be better? The era of the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche rivalry defined an age of NHL hockey. It was hard to talk about anything hockey-related without it coming up. To this day it’s bred a generation … Read more

Russian Five debuted 22 years ago today

Hockey was forever changed on October 27, 1995, during a tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames. It was the night that Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman sent five former Soviet Red Army players onto the ice in Calgary, and into history. Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Slava Kozlov … Read more

Top 5 Defensemen in Detroit Red Wings history

The Detroit Red Wings are known for having employed some of the greatest players in NHL history. Household names such as Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Terry Sawchuck, and others are enshrined forever in Red Wings history with their numbers retired, and their multiple accolades are something to behold. But while those who are primarily known … Read more