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DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM HISTORY

HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME Detroit joined the NHL for the 1926-27 season and was known as the Cougars. After an unsuccessful four years of play, coach Jack Adams thought a name change might help spur a winning season. The name was changed to the Falcons beginning with the 1930-31 season. When James Norris, Sr. purchased the hockey franchise in 1932, he changed the name a third time to the Red Wings. Red was a part of the name because the existing uniforms were red and white.

TEAM COLORS Little is known about why red and white were chosen for the team’s colors back in 1926. However, red is an emotionally charged color, demonstrating passion, strength, energy, fire and excitement. And initially, the sport of ice hockey, with roots dating back to the mid1880s, was played outdoors surrounded by snow, thus the color white. The colors of red and white do indeed seem fitting for an energetic hockey team that provides so much excitement to its fans.

THE LOGO After James Norris, Sr. changed the name from the Falcons to the Red Wings, he searched for a new logo. He was reminded of the logo worn by the Montreal Winged Wheelers – an amateur hockey team he had played for years before as member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association. That logo’s wheeled center seemed quite appropriate for Detroit, a city that had put the world on wheels, and the wing would denote speed as the players soared around the rink in smooth flight.

EVOLUTION OF THE LOGO The original Red Wings logo was rather crude, but it has been refined over the years. When Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the team in 1982, they enlarged the logo on the game jerseys to demonstrate the pride they felt for the hockey team and the franchise’s long and rich history.

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MORE THAN HAPPY: When given the opportunity, Kris Draper is always happy to share a few of his playoff highlights with his locker room neighbor, Darren Helm. A particular favorite is the tale of Draper’s Game 2 overtime goal against Washington in the ‘98 Stanley Cup Finals.

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reporter approached Kris Draper in the Red Wings’ locker room and asked the assistant captain about Game 2 of the 1998 Stanley Cup finals. The fourtime Cup winner flashed a brilliant smile before nudging his neighbor, 24-year-old Darren Helm. “You listening?” Draper said. “Yeah, I’m listening,” Helm responded. “I can’t tune you out.” It was a conversation that the two had clearly had before; Draper, the Wings’ 20-year veteran telling tales of his on-ice achievements to the very player expected to eventually fill his skates. Yet this story – Draper’s game-winning goal in overtime, which gave the Wings a commanding twogame lead – was worth another listen from the player who was 11-years old in ’98. 8

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“Yeah, I always tell him about my highlights,” Draper said. “’Remember when? Did I tell you about this one, Darren?’ That’s usually how they start.” The story, as Helm listened, occurred as Draper and the Red Wings trailing 4-2 with 10 minutes left in the third period. Martin Lapointe started the comeback for the Wings, as the former forward beat Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig with a rebound try after a wild scramble in front of the Capitals’ goal. The Wings avoided another two-goal deficit when Esa Tikkanen beat Chris Osgood with a deke, but slid the puck through the crease, missing the net to the far side. Detroit took advantage of Tikkanen’s miscue, tying the game when Doug


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LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY: Obviously a special moment in his 20-year career, Draper clearly recalls the details leading up to his overtime goal. And like a good teammate, Draper is sure to include teammates Marty Lapointe, Igor Larionov and Brendan Shanahan who helped set up his game-winner.

Brown, who stole the puck from Adam Oates, beat Kolzig top-shelf with fourminutes left. “They obviously felt great about themselves for probably about 50 minutes … and then we had that great 10-minute push where we ended up scoring goals and tying it up,” Draper recalled. “It was just pandemonium here at the rink. We could still hear the crowd when we came into the dressing room, they were that into it.” With about five-minutes remaining in the first overtime, the Wings’ forward line of Lapointe, Igor Larionov and Brendan Shanahan had sustained pressure in the 10

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Capitals’ end. Larionov took advantage of his opportunity to make a line change while the puck was deep in the Caps’ zone, and Draper charged to the net. Not knowing that that Draper had entered the play, the Capitals left him uncovered as he circled the net and waited to Kolzig’s right. “I was yelling as loud as I could, and Marty just kind of turned and fired it towards me,” said Draper, who has scored three career game-winners in the playoffs. “I was just kind of coming back (far) post and I was able to one-time it in. “I Just had a pretty good little dance there afterwards. When it went in, that’s


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BUILDING MOMENTUM: Draper’s game-winning goal in overtime of Game 2 was his only goal of the 1998 playoff season. However, the goal gave the Red Wings a 2-0 advantage going to Washington where they swept the series and captured back-to-back Stanley Cups.

just childhood stuff that you dream about, scoring in the Stanley Cup finals – scoring an OT winner – and that was certainly one of the goals that I will never forget.” Osgood was the standing at the other end of the ice when Draper scored the game-winning goal – his only goal of 1998 playoff season. While Osgood was far enough away in the locker room from Draper to not have to listen to the story once again, the veteran goalie confirmed the details. “That was a game that changed the series,” Osgood said. “We were up 1-0 in the series, but we were down in that game, by quite a bit, and we came back in what I want to say was the last six- or sevenminutes, to win it. After that, they didn’t 12

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have much left when we went back to Washington. That was the biggest game of the series, and obviously the biggest goal.” The Wings completed the sweep of the Capitals to win back-to-back Stanley Cups – a feat that has not been accomplished in the NHL since. “That’s something I’ll certainly never forget,” Draper said, “but also the fact that that put us up two nothing. It was one of those games that they should have won, we probably didn’t deserve to win but we found a way to tie it up and win it in overtime. It was a real special memory for myself to being able to score that goal.” And it was a goal that he will be talking about for a long time to come, to whoever is listening.


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How well do you know you Stanley Cup playoffs? Test your knowledge with this quiz that looks at NHL playoff history involving the Flyers, Bruins, Rangers, Capitals, Sharks and Blackhawks. 1. Who was the fi rst NHL expansion team to win the Stanley Cup? A. Pittsburgh Penguins B. Philadelphia Flyers C. New York Islanders D. Calgary Flames 2. What is the Red Wings’ record for most goals scored in a single playoff game? A. 8 B. 9 C. 10 D. 11 3. When was the last time the Boston Bruins captured Lord Stanley’s Cup? A. 1972 B. 1978 C. 1988 D. 1990 4. How many times have the Washington Capitals reached the Stanley Cup fi nals? A. 3 B. 2 C. 1 D. None 5. Who is the franchise leader for all-time playoff scoring for the San Jose Sharks? A. Joe Thornton B. Vincent Damphousse C. Owen Nolan D. Patrick Marleau 6. Who holds the Detroit franchise record for most points in one playoff season? A. Steve Yzerman B. Gordie Howe C. Brendan Shanahan D. Henrik Zetterberg 7. Who is Chicago’s career playoff scoring leader? A. Stan Mikita B. Denis Savard C. Bobby Hull D. Jeremy Roenick 8. In what year did Lord Stanley of Preston donate the Stanley Cup, originally presented to the champion of the Canadian amateur league? A. 1892 B. 1893 C. 1894 D. 1895 9. An amateur team from which Canadian city fi rst won Lord Stanley’s Cup? A. Toronto B. Windsor C. Montreal D. Vancouver 10. When the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1952, which player’s name was misspelled? A. Alex Delvecchio B. Gordie Howe C. Terry Sawchuk D. Ted Lindsay ANSWERS: 1 (B) The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1974, beating the Boston Bruins in six games; 2 (B) The Wings scored nine goals vs. Toronto in 1936 and ’47; 3 (A) The Bruins beat New York Rangers, their second championship in three years; 4 (C) Once, when the Wings swept them in 1998; 5 (D) Marleau has 75 playoff points; the next closest is Thornton, with 47; 6 (D) Zetterberg collected 13 goals and 14 assists in 22 games in 2008; 7 (A) Mikita posted 150 playoff points with the Blackhawks; 8 (A) The first time it was awarded was 1893, and pro teams first played for the Cup in 1910; 9 (C) The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won it 1893; 10 (A) Delvecchio was incorrectly spelled with a ‘B’ instead of a ‘D’. It was never fixed.

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DETROIT RED WINGS ROUND ONE FLASHBACK

MAKING AN IMPACT: Justin Abdelkader had two shots on goal in Game 2, but here he gives Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko a different kind of shot as the two fight for the puck at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings eventually held on for a 4 -3 win before heading to Phoenix where they completed the series sweep.

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GM CORNER

Q&A WITH RED WINGS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

jIM NILL I knew I wanted to be a GM when… I started scouting. I knew that I enjoyed the business side of it. For relaxation, I… like to workout. I can’t live without... family I’m up and at work by… 5 o’clock in the morning catching a flight, or 10 o’clock in the office. My monthly cell phone bill is… too much. My favorite player growing up was… Bobby Orr. The players I most admire in any sport are... hockey players. If I could be a GM in another league, it’d be… Major League Baseball. The best thing about my job is… the relationships that I have with the people. The one former player I’d deal for, no matter the price, is… Steve Yzerman. The last vacation I took was to… Hilton Head. My biggest role model in my sport is… John Ferguson. My greatest moment as an athlete was… playing in the 1980 Olympics and the Stanley Cup finals (with Vancouver in 1982). The worst job I ever had… as a pole-tester for a utility company. I had to hand-drill into the base of the utility poles to get a core sample out to see if they were rotted, or not.

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YOUR 2010-11 DETROIT RED WINGS JUSTIN ABDELKADER

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Born: February 25, 1987 Muskegon, MI - USA

Born: February 2, 1975 Sudbury, ON - Canada

Pos: LW Shoots: Left Ht: 6’1” Wt: 215 lbs.

Pos: RW Shoots: Left Ht: 6’3” Wt: 225 lbs.

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Born: December 18, 1978 Carbonear, NL - Canada

Born: July 20, 1978 Sverdlovsk, Russia

Pos: RW Shoots: Left Ht: 6’0” Wt: 210 lbs.

Pos: C Shoots: Left Ht: 5’11” Wt: 197 lbs.

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Born: May 24, 1971 Toronto, ON - Canada

Born: May 1, 1984 Calgary, AB - Canada

Pos: C Shoots: Left Ht: 5’10” Wt: 190 lbs.

Pos: RW Shoots: Right Ht: 5’11” Wt: 190 lbs.

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Born: March 2, 1984 Karlskrona, Sweden

Born: March 20, 1984 Vantaa, Finland

Pos: D Shoots: Left Ht: 6’5” Wt: 220 lbs.

Pos: C Shoots: Left Ht: 6’0” Wt: 193 lbs.

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Born: December 23, 1979 Vetlanda, Sweden

Born: January 21, 1987 St. Andrews, MB - Canada

Pos: RW Shoots: Left Ht: 6’2” Wt: 220 lbs.

Pos: C Shoots: Left Ht: 5’11” Wt: 195 lbs.

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Born: January 23, 1973 Pitea, Sweden

Born: March 26, 1984 Syracuse, NY - USA

Pos: LW Shoots: Left Ht: 6’0” Wt: 205 lbs.

Pos: G Catches: Left Ht: 6’0” Wt: 210 lbs.

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Born: January 4, 1984 Olomouc, Czech Republic

Born: March 26, 1980 Agawam, MA - USA

Pos: LW Shoots: Left Ht: 5’9” Wt: 178 lbs.

Pos: D Shoots: Left Ht: 6’1” Wt: 215 lbs.

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Born: February 10, 1987 Sumperk, Czech Republic

Born: January 12, 1981 Stockholm, Sweden

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Born: April 28, 1970 Vasteras, Sweden

Born: February 7, 1980 Pictou, Nova Scotia - Canada

Pos: D Shoots: Left Ht: 6’1” Wt: 193 lbs.

Pos: G Catches: Left Ht: 6’0” Wt: 197 lbs.

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Born: February 17, 1984 Dover, NJ - USA

Born: June 7, 1970 Livonia, MI - USA

Pos: LW Shoots: Left Ht: 6’2” Wt: 170 lbs.

Pos: C Shoots: Left Ht: 6’3” Wt: 212 lbs.

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Born: January 20, 1988 Maribor, Slovenia

Born: November 26, 1972 Peace River, AB - Canada

Pos: RW Shoots: Right Ht: 5’11” Wt: 184 lbs.

Pos: G Catches: Left Ht: 5’10” Wt: 180 lbs.

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Born: September 28, 1973 Dearborn, MI - USA

Born: November 2, 1974 Minsk, Belarus

Pos: D Shoots: Right Ht: 5’10” Wt: 195 lbs.

Pos: D Shoots: Left Ht: 6’1” Wt: 212 lbs.

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Rocky Mountain House, AB - Canada

Born: December 1, 1990 Ilava, Slovakia

Pos: D Shoots: Left Ht: 6’2” Wt: 215 lbs.

Pos: LW Shoots: Left Ht: 5’11” Wt: 176 lbs.

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Born: October 9, 1980 Njurunda, Sweden

Head Coach In his sixth year as Wings head coach.

HENRIK ZETTERBERG

Pos: C Shoots: Left Ht: 5’11” Wt: 195 lbs.

PAUL MacCLEAN

BRAD McCRIMMON

Assistant Coach In his sixth year as Wings assistant coach.

Assistant Coach In his third year as Wings assistant coach.

JIM BEDARD

KEITH McKITTRICK

Goaltending Coach In his 14th year as Wings goaltending coach.

Video Coach In his third year as Wings video coach.

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GEARIN’ UP fOR PRACTICE: With a little help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Riley Wild, from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, laces up his skates and prepares for a practice skate with the Red Wings.

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It’s been nearly two years since doctors told Riley’s family that a tumor – called a sarcoma – was growing on his pelvic bone. Riley endured surgery to remove the mass, followed by months of debilitating radiation and chemotherapy. “It was a tumor that was attached to his pelvic bone, and the radiation that he had after the surgery, there was some concern because there is a pretty large growth plate right there,” said Mark Wild, Riley’s father. “It wasn’t known how it would impact his growth, but he doesn’t have the same range-of-motion on his left side – where the tumor was – than he has on the right side.”


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DREAMS COME TRUE GO WILD: Riley takes some pointers from goaltending coach Jim Bedard while patiently waiting for his hockey dreams to come true — a chance to meet and skate with Red Wings Center Pavel Datsyuk.

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Riley began playing when he was 6. And all of them, including Riley’s grandfather, who was on the 1948 U.S. Olympic hockey team, are huge Datsyuk fans. “He’s a Pavel fan because we’ve all been Pavel fans,” Mark said. “His cousin was real helpful during his chemo. He was a caddy master at a golf course and he kind of got Riley started caddying there. They’ve become pretty good golfing buds. His dad is a huge Pavel fan, as I am, so Riley couldn’t help it.” Riley also appreciates Datsyuk’s craftiness, his ability to magically snatch the puck away from an opponent or to dazzle an unsuspecting goalie with


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HOCKEY HERO: Riley Wild spends some quality time with his hockey hero, Pavel Datsyuk. After some tips on shooting, puck-handling and skating, the pair headed to the bench for an autograph, a few laughs and some well-earned rest.

a Datsyukian move, which leads to a spectacular goal. “He never stands still,” said Riley of his hockey hero. When it was finally time to meet his idol, Riley couldn’t help but be a little tense. “In the beginning, when I first got out there, I was nervous,” said Riley, whose Red Wings adventure was made possible by the Michigan and Minnesota chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “But then it wasn’t as bad. … He’s real nice.” Datsyuk offered shooting, puckhandling and skating tips to Riley, whose 40

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Pee-Wee A season with the Sibley Area Generals recently concluded. “I liked that he was teaching me stuff, with his pointers on shooting, and also skating and stuff, like doing crossovers,” said Riley, who also got into a mock scuffle with the Wings’ all-star center. As his son mucked it up with Datsyuk, Mark Wild beamed about the overall experience. “This is like being a kid in a candy store,” Mark said. “Riley is probably a little bit more excited than what us older people are.”


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DREW MILLER Born: February 17, 1984, in Dover, New Jersey Status: Married Alma Mater: Michigan State University What’s on TV: How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men, Gold Rush Alaska on the Discovery Channel. What’s in my iPod: A little of everything, but mainly country music, like Easton Corbin, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban. What I’m reading: Vince Flynn’s “Executive Power” on my iPad. I’m on the fourth one and it’s really good. What I’m driving: Yukon Denali Favorite flicks: The Count of Monte Cristo is probably one of my favorite ones. Worst habit: You’d have to ask my wife. Love to trade places for a day with: Bill Gates. First job: Car detailer. For dinner: A lot of the home-made stuff; my wife likes to cook. She’s always trying new things. Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Roger Federer, he’s fun to watch. I like Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR, and I like watching different guys on the Tigers, especially Justin Verlander. Favorite teams as a kid: Definitely the Detroit teams, but I also liked the Colorado Avalanche, because of Joe Sakic. Dream date: My wife. My heroes: Definitely my father. And I looked up to people in hockey; I had three cousins who played in the NHL. My bucket list: I would like to see a little more of the United States. Travel more. My motto: Every day you have to work hard and continue to prove yourself.

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DETROIT RED WINGS ROUND ONE SAVE OF THE GAME NIGHT STALKER: It’s possible that Kyle Turris still sees Jimmy Howard in his sleep. And who can blame the Coyotes’ young center? After all, the Red Wings’ goalie made three stops like this pad save on Turris – all in the second period of Game 4 at Jobing.com Arena.

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MIKE KNUBLE By Bill Roose

Do you keep in touch with any of your former Red Wings teammates? If so, who? “No, not really. It was such a long time ago. There are a few guys still here, but I’ve kind of moved on.” Which of the current Red Wings is your favorite? And why? “I’ll say Justin Abdelkader, because he’s from my area of western Michigan.” What was your favorite memory as a Red Wing? “Probably my first game, it was against Colorado with the big brawl and it’s a game that everybody remembers. It’s an easy one to bring up, even with people who have no connection to Detroit; they remember that game.” Which of the guys you played with was the toughest? “Joe Kocur. He was just so well-respected in the league, and he was just a force when he was doing his job. It was just amazing to watch.” Who was the funniest? “Jamie Pushor, a young guy who was coming up like I was. He was a funny dude.” Who had the biggest heart? “You remember a guy like Darren McCarty. He played with a lot of passion and would do anything to win.” What was your favorite restaurant in metro Detroit? “We used to eat some pretty good pre-game meals at Roma Café. We used to eat there a lot.” How has the NHL changed since you played? “It’s a young guy’s game now. When you came in you where the minority as a young player; there were a lot of veteran guys, it seems, on a lot of the teams. Seems to be a young guy’s game now and you have to skate. You really have to skate a lot now.”

Toughest team (other than the Red Wings) when you played in Detroit? “Everybody. But I would say Colorado, because we always were butting heads. Those were great hockey games.” Who did you sit next to in the Red Wings’ dressing room? “I think it was Darren McCarty and Kris Draper. I don’t really remember, because there was always media around.” What do you love most about the game? “It’s been a very rewarding career, and you get to do something that you enjoy to do. … I don’t think you can ask for anything more.” Who had the greatest influence on your career? “It’s probably my younger brother, Steve. He’s my biggest critic and my best fan all at the same time. He’s always one to tell me the way that it is. He doesn’t sugarcoat things when things are going bad, and tells me when I do well.” What advice would you give to kids playing today? “Just have fun and enjoy the game. Love what you’re doing, and you never know, it might take you to some great places, and give you a great career.” RED WINGS TODAY

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iding a stationary bike during the opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinals put a damper on things for Henrik Zetterberg. But pedaling in front of a TV screen while the rest of the team was engaged on the ice was smashed midway through the second period when his friend returned to his playoff form. “Absolutely, I was excited for him,” Zetterberg said. “I was on the bike and just to see his facial expression after he scored, you could

see that he was really happy and relieved. That’s what we need. We need him to get going and that was a great start.” Of course, Zetterberg was speaking of none other then Johan Franzen, the Red Wings’ go-to guy when the stakes are at the highest: Stanley Cup playoff time. Forget that the Mule only had two goals in the final 27 games of the regular-season. Forget that the media labeled the lack of offensive production a slump. Those closest to Franzen know him as an introvert. But when it comes to productivity, the Mule is as loud as they come in the playoffs. His goal and assist in the Wings’ 4-2 win in Game 1 spoke volumes and just added to his growing playoff legacy, which now – after sweeping the Coyotes – stands at 72 points in 78 career postseason games.

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HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES: Though his goal-scoring slipped at the end of the regular season, Johan Franzen jumped out to a nice start in the playoffs with a goal and an assist in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

“He hasn’t been scoring lately, but he’s been making plays for us,” Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I think some people try to overlook that. It’s not like he’s been playing bad for some reason. He’s been setting up other guys and he’s a helluva player. But of course, with that shot of his we all know that he can get on a pretty good roll in the playoffs. And I thought he had a great start in Game 1.” The sports world is filled with players who consistently produce each and every game night. But only a handful up their game in the postseason. That’s Johan Franzen. Even though his goal-scoring slipped in the final quarter of the campaign, he still led the Wings with 28 goals this season.

“For him it just seems when the playoffs come around – and I hope I’m not jinxing it now – but he has that extra dimension where he goes full out every shift and anytime he gets it he shoots it,” Kronwall said. “That’s what we need from him.” Franzen is now traveling in the fastlane with such past pro sports playoff legends as Wings great Gordie Howe, New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson, and NFL quarterbacks Bart Starr and Joe Montana. Franzen’s 0.923 points per playoff game are amazing, which left one teammate astonished at the news of just how vast Mule’s spring success has been. “Wow! That’s outstanding,” said Kronwall when told of the statistic. “I RED WINGS TODAY

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EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: On the ice, Franzen’s points per game average put him in exclusive NHL playoff company. Off the ice, Franzen spends much of his time away from home with teammate Henrik Zetterberg.

didn’t know that. I don’t know how to explain it. Some guys just have that little extra edge; I don’t know how to explain it.” Franzen’s points per game puts him in exclusive NHL playoff company. He currently sits sixth among active players, trailing only Sidney Crosby (1.323), Evgeni Malkin (1.177), Martin St. Louis (1.102), Danny Briere (0.989), Brad Richards (0.984), Dany Heatley (0.981) and Zetterberg (0.938). Of his teammates, Franzen spends most of his time away from home with Zetterberg. They often head out to dinner together on the road and hit the links back home in Sweden in the summer. But the one thing that Zetterberg doesn’t do is sugar-coat his description of his friend, calling him a “man of few words” and “a loner.” 52

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“He likes to be by himself,” Zetterberg said. “In the summertime, where he has his place back home, it’s basically in the middle of nowhere and he enjoys strolling in the woods and being by himself. That’s the kind of guy he is. But at the same time, he has a real soft side, too, and he’s a good friend, who will always be behind you when you need him.” If being left alone means scoring points in 13 consecutive playoff games – a streak that ended with Game 2 of the Phoenix series – then his teammates will continue to give the Mule plenty of alone time. “Just leave him alone; talk positive things about him,” Zetterberg said. “He has a little bit on the grumpy side every once in a while, and you just have to find a way to cheer him up.”


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STUBBORN REPUTATION: In addition to his playoff scoring prowess, Franzen is widely considered to be one of the best golfers in the Wings locker room. Teammate and fellow golfer Henrik Zetterberg says “He refuses to give you strokes on the course, so it’s impossible to beat him.”

One cheerful moment came when the Wings signed Franzen to an 11-year contract extension in 2009. But in doing so, Zetterberg said, it added more pressure on his friend. “I think with his contract and the way he’s been playing the last year there’s more weight on his shoulders,” Zetterberg said. “He feels that responsibility and when he thinks that he doesn’t score enough, sometimes it can be tough. It’s kind of a new situation for him, and I think he’s learning to deal with that.” Besides his playoff reputation, Franzen is widely considered among Wings teammates to be one of the best golfers in the locker room. “I will say he’s one of the best on the team,” Zetterberg said. “He’s a good, solid golfer. 54

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He’s one of those guys who gets better the more he plays. So usually by the end of the summer he’s really fun to watch on the golf course. … He refuses to give you strokes on the course, so it’s impossible to beat him.” Kronwall added, “We play with handicaps, and if I’m a 10 handicap and he’s a six, if I beat my handicap, but I still don’t shoot lower than him, in his opinion, he still won because he shot the lowest round. He’s impossible to beat that way. You name it, he’s very stubborn.” As long as Franzen is stubborn on opposing goalies, the Wings say he can be as cantankerous as he wants. “He’s very down to earth, easy going, stubborn,” Kronwall said. “He’s a mule and that sums up everything. But he is a very nice guy, and gets along with everybody.”


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March 18-19 Detroit’s Fox Theatre hosted the CCHA Awards presented by RBC Financial Group. Miami’s Andy Miele was named RBC CCHA Player of the Year.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was among the city dignitaries that participated in the “Ceremonial Slap Shot” to open CCHA Fan Fest. Western Michigan upset Michigan in the semifinals, 5-2, to advance to the CCHA Championship Game for the first time since 1986.

(From L to R) Former MSU coach Ron Mason, former CCHA Commissioner Jim Ruehl and former Notre Dame captain Dave Poulin in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the title game.

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