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GREATEST RED WINGS OF ALL TIME
David Sabino
June 13, 2008
IT'S NO LEAP OF FAITH TO SAY THAT DETROIT'S MOST NOTABLE PLAYERS ARE ALSO SOME OF HOCKEY'S BEST EVER
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June 13, 2008

Greatest Red Wings Of All Time

IT'S NO LEAP OF FAITH TO SAY THAT DETROIT'S MOST NOTABLE PLAYERS ARE ALSO SOME OF HOCKEY'S BEST EVER

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NICKLAS LIDSTROM
D
CAREER: 1991-present
1,252 games, 212 goals, 726 assists, 938 points, 412 penalty minutes
The Swede is the first European-born player to captain a Cup winner. Lidstrom's 212 regular-season goals rank first alltime among Wings blueliners.

RED KELLY
D
CAREER: 1947-60
162 goals, 310 assists
You'd think that a former college boxing champion turned hockey star would bring his pugilist skills to the ice, but that wasn't the case with Kelly, who won four Lady Byngs. An eight-time All-Star, Kelly was the first winner, in '54, of the Norris Trophy, given to the league's best defenseman, although he played every position except goaltender.

The Sturdy Dozen

THROUGH 82 SEASONS AND 11 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS, the Red Wings have featured some of the greatest players ever to don skates in the NHL. These are the best of the best to represent the Winged Wheel.

THE FORWARDS

GORDIE HOWE
RW, 1946-71
The definition of the so-called Gordie Howe Hat Trick: score a goal, notch an assist and drop the gloves to take part in a fight.

SID ABEL
C, 1938-52
Before he was part of the Production Line, Abel played with Don Grosso and Eddie Wares on Detroit's Liniment Line, which scored 50 goals in 48 games in 1941-42.

TED LINDSAY
LW, 1944-57, '64-65
At the urging of G.M. and former linemate Abel, Lindsay made a comeback in 1964-65 after being retired for four seasons. He scored 14 goals and had 28 points for the league regular-season champs.

STEVE YZERMAN
C, 1983-2006
Stevie Y finished his career ranked in the NHL's alltime Top 10 in points (sixth), assists (seventh) and goals (eighth).

ALEX DELVECCHIO
C-LW, 1950-73
When he retired in '73, Delvecchio ranked second in scoring in NHL history, trailing only his longtime teammate Gordie Howe.

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