Red Wings recall ending title drought on 25th anniversary of Stanley Cup-clinching night
Steve Yzerman hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time 25 years ago on this date, and the Detroit Red Wings drained the demons of past playoff disappointments, ending a 42-year championship drought. The Red Wings defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena to complete the Cup Final sweep. The Red Wings won the opener 3-2 in Philadelphia and were never really threatened in the series. Joe Kocur: President of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association and runs the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children. Darren McCarty: Serves as sort of an ambassador for Red Wings, making appearances and playing in alumni games.mlive.com
Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur dies at age 70
When Guy Lafleur was selected by Montreal with the No. 1 pick in the 1971 NHL draft, he was billed as the Canadiens’ next great Quebec-born player. A dynamic forward with blonde locks that rippled in the wind as he glided up the ice before unleashing one of his bullet shots, Lafleur was expected to become hockey’s new French Canadian icon. “There was a lot of pressure,” former Montreal coach Scotty Bowman said Friday.news.yahoo.com
Amid scandal, Quenneville resigns as Florida Panthers coach
Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers on Thursday, two days after the second-winningest coach in NHL history was among those implicated for not swiftly responding to allegations by a Chicago Blackhawks player of being sexually assaulted by another coach during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Quenneville's meeting with Bettman may decide Florida fate
The Panthers are rolling this season but coach Joel Quenneville being named in a report detailing how the Chicago Blackhawks mishandled sexual assault allegations that an assistant on his staff sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010 could derail Florida's hopes.
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
Interim tag off Bowness month after Stars play in Cup final
The Stars are still Bowness' team. Dallas officially removed the interim tag Thursday and gave the 65-year-old Bowness a two-year contract, making him the franchise's 24th head coach, and ninth since moving to Dallas in 1993. Bowness was 20-13-5 after becoming their interim head coach. The Stars made it to the Stanley Cup final even while dealing with a plethora of significant injuries. That would have been a lot more interesting if we had been a healthy team,” Bowness said.
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
Scotty Bowman roast delivered laughs, important message on opioid addiction
The Scotty Bowman celebrity roast to benefit the Jamie Daniels Foundation was loaded with anecdotes, good-natured jokes, and words of gratitude for the NHL’s all-time winningest coach, all while delivering an important message. All the sudden I look up, standing inches from the front of the bike is Scotty Bowman. “Mike was concerned about his coaching situation and had a chance to get Scotty Bowman,” Berenson said. I said, ‘It’s very simple, hire Scotty Bowman and you will win. More: Ken Daniels talks Scotty Bowman roast, help for those addicted to opioidsmlive.com