On This Date: Detroit Red Wings repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 1998

June 16, 1998: The Detroit Red Wings dominance of the hockey world continues as they raised the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG833HxX-xA 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 … Read more

Red Wings’ top five playoff moments in recent history [w/ videos]

[tps_header]The Detroit Red Wings are a storied franchise. Ranking second in Stanley Cup appearances (24) and third in wins (11), the franchise has no shortage of moments that define why Detroit is truly Hockeytown. With so much playoff experience on their resume, it’s hard to narrow down the great moments to just a handful, but we’ll … Read more

Throwback Thursday: A brief Russian Five history (w/ videos)

Back in the mid 1990’s, there was a line formed by coaching great, Scotty Bowman of the Detroit Red Wings that would end up being more of an impact decision than even Bowman imagined. A line consisting of Russian skaters Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov. The first time … Read more

On This Day: The ‘Russian Five’ make debut with Red Wings

When you look back on Detroit Red Wings hockey from the 1990’s, generally one era of players that comes to mind. We’re talking, of course, about the Russian Five. (Okay, maybe the Grind Line as well). These five Russian-born Red Wings players, less-commonly known as “The Wizards of Ov”, brought together a combination of speed and … Read more

Former Red Wing Fetisov interviewed on The Daily Show

Viacheslav Fetisov will forever live in Detroit Red Wings lore as a defenseman on the back-to-back championship teams of 1997 and 1998. Along with Vyacheslav Koslov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Federov, and Igor Larionov, Fetisov completed a line of Russian-born players known in Detroit and throughout the National Hockey League as The Russian Five. Fetisov is now a central character in a new film, Red Army, that discusses the history of the great national hockey teams of the former Soviet Union.

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Player Profile: Connor Murphy

With the draft only two days away, we are nearing the end of my Player Profiles, designed to get you ready for Friday night’s festivities. I’ve scoured the globe examining the best talent that could be available when Ken Holland steps up to the podium to announce the Red Wings first selection of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, at 24th overall. The list of players I have profiled includes:

Joel Armia, the Finnish Ace.

Rickard Rakell, the skilled Swede playing his junior hockey in nearby Plymouth, MI.

Tomas Jurco, of the Memorial Cup winning Saint John Seadogs.

Vladislav Namestnikov, the talented Russian with all those Red Wings connections.

All of the above are supremely talented forwards, and the Red Wings would be thrilled to have any of them. However, if I had to wager a guess on what position the Red Wings will address with their first pick, it would have to be defense.

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The Off Wing View

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by and visit me at the Off Wing View. I want to spend just a moment explaining what I’ll be bringing to the table here, who I am and what you can look forward to out of this site.

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