Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 5:03 p.m. UTC Jun 16, 2018 Editor's note: Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Detroit Red Wings' second straight Stanley Cup championship, which came by way of a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals. Here is Mitch Albom's column the morning after the Wings went back-to-back. WASHINGTON — The first one they won for the city. This one they won for their hearts. A hockey saga that began last summer in yelps of joy, and was interrupted six days later by tears of sadness, has worked itself back around to joy once more, with Red Wings players in a happy mob around the net, another Stanley Cup in tow. But this one was different. It was hard-fought, it was tiring, it was long and sometimes painful. But it was always meant to be. We can see that now. What happened here Tuesday night was less about victory than it was about belief. And so, when the hockey ended, even as the pundits … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings flashback: Mitch Albom on 1998 Stanley Cup victory
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Detroit Free Press Published 4:40 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 It was the second game of the season. Michigan was at Clarkson, and head coach Mel Pearson watched as Quinn Hughes had the puck on his backhand on his own blue line. It looked like a bad situation. Next thing Pearson saw, Hughes made a saucer pass to a teammate at the offensive blue line. “We ended up with a great scoring chance,” Pearson said. “It was a tape-to-tape pass. Perfect. “First, most guys would not see that play. Second, most guys wouldn’t make that play and third, most wouldn’t even try to do it. But that is a great example of what Quinn can do.” In my first mock draft in advance of the June 22-23 event in Dallas, I have the Detroit Red Wings selecting Hughes, 18, with their first pick, at sixth overall. Rasmus Dahlin will go first overall to Buffalo and Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina are projected to be the next two to go, and it’s also expected … [Read more...] about 2018 NHL mock draft: Why I picked Quinn Hughes for Detroit Red Wings
Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Published 10:26 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 A decades-long source of octopuses for Detroit Red Wings fans is drying up. Superior Fish Co. on 11 Mile near Main Street in Royal Oak is closing. The last day of full service is Saturday, and there's to be a sale on frozen fish — and pieces of the store "just as they sell the seats to the Joe Louis (Arena)" — the following week. "We've been very fortunate to have that relationship with our Red Wing fans," said co-owner Kevin Dean. "We became known as the 'O-Fish-Al Octopi Supplier,' and we came up with the 'Octoquette,' which is the proper etiquette for propelling a cephalopod." They'd even provide a kit, with the eight-legged sea creature in a plastic bag, along with a pair of rubber gloves and hand wipes. The store, which opened at a different location in 1940, had by the mid-'80s become a popular place for gutsy hockey fans who would sneak octopuses … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings fans’ octopus source is going out of business
Keith Gave Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 1:49 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 In “The Russian Five: A story of espionage, defection, bribery and courage,” Keith Gave, the spy-turned-Detroit Free Press newsman whose clandestine mission to Helsinki, Finland, put the Red Wings’ acquisition of the iconic quintet in motion, shares the pulse-pounding and unforgettable tale of how Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov and Igor Larionov slipped past the Iron Curtain, wound up in crumbling 1990s Detroit, helped build a championship empire and changed the landscape of American hockey forever. This excerpt of the book was provided to the Free Press for publication on the 21st anniversary of the infamous limousine crash that ended Konstaninov's career and also injured Fetisov, team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov and driver Richard Gnida. All four survived. Freddie Mercury’s voice boomed over the loudspeakers … [Read more...] about Limo crash ended Detroit Red Wings’ summer of joy after just 6 days
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 6:41 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 It took no time at all to write in the first name on my list of greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time as we compiled our bracket for the Detroit G.O.A.T. tournament. Numbers two and three, however, I debated. That Gordie Howe is the No. 1 seed is a no-brainer: he is synonymous with the franchise. He is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Among his myriad of accomplishments, he won four Stanley Cups with the Wings. The next two names were going to be Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom – but in which order? I know that if I asked either of them, they would put one another in the No. 2 spot. I ultimately went with Yzerman — like Howe, he came to be the face of the franchise. He was the quiet, unassuming teenager who led the team out of the “Dead Wings” era and onto glory. He was named captain at 21 and served in that role for two decades. He became known … [Read more...] about For Detroit Red Wings G.O.A.T. list, is it Yzerman or Lidstrom No. 2?