Red Wings’ Grind Line honored as Michigan Treasures by Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
The four were honored Friday as Michigan Treasures during the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Sound Board. It was something we never expected, but it was great.”After the Red Wings signed Kocur midway through the 1996-97 season, Bowman put him, Draper and Maltby together. Draper, Maltby and McCarty are among only five players (Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom the others) who played on all four of the Red Wings’ most-recent Stanley Cup-winning teams. It’s a great honor.”Maltby chuckled when someone remarked that The Production Line (Sid Abel centering Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay) is the only unit more famous in Red Wings’ lore than The Grind Line. “The Production Line, they’re all in the Hall of Fame, world-class players,” Maltby said.mlive.com
Red Wings prospects at World Juniors: How they’re doing
(Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)Here’s a look at how the seven Detroit Red Wings prospects participating in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships are performing. The United States is competing in Group B with Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic and Austria. The Red Wings have seven prospects playing in this tournament:🇸🇪 Team Sweden -- five Red Wings prospects:🇫🇮 Team Finland -- one Red Wings prospect:🇨🇿 Team Czech Republic -- one Red Wings prospect:Here’s how they’re doing:Here is Soderblom’s between-the-legs goal against Czech Republic:Another angle of this ridiculous Soderblom goal. 🇷🇺 Team LarionovFormer Russian Five member Igor Larionov is coaching Team Russia in this tournament. I’m happy to see some good signs of listening to how we played back in the day and in Detroit with Russian Five.”The “Professor’s” Russian team defeated the Americans, 5-3, on Christmas.
Scotty Bowman recalls Red Wings’ Russian Five: ‘A special group’
Anytime you can have something unique, it’s a special group.”The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-0. “We never had a plan to, ‘Let’s get a Russian Five,’ until we got Igor,” Bowman said. “We were looking for defense depth and somebody came up with the idea of Slava Fetisov,” Bowman said. They weren’t easy to play against.”When Bowman was coaching a junior team in Ottawa in 1956, a touring Russian team consisting of older players defeated his club 10-1. “I saw these guys plays and, Oh, my God!”A decade later, Red Wings fans had the same reaction to the franchise’s very own Russian Five.mlive.com