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Best Ever European in the NHL

The best ever European player in the NHL has to be Nicklas Lindstrom. He has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy seven times as the NHL's best defenceman, and has been voted into eleven NHL All-Star Games. With the Red Wings, Lidstrom has won four Stanley Cups and is the first European-born and trained NHL captain to win the Stanley Cup, as well as the first European player named playoff MVP.

Representing Sweden, Lidstrom won the World Championship in 1991. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Lidstrom was a major factor in Sweden's win over Finland in the finals, scoring the gold medal clinching goal. The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated selected Lidstrom as the "NHL Player of the Decade".

Nicklas Lidstrom has played his entire NHL career with the Red Wings. 2011-2012 is his 20th season and he has been captain since 2006.

You can nominate your choice for best ever European in the NHL on the Hockeytown Online Forum.

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Thu, Mar 22nd - 3:31AM

Fan Tradition

A Red Wings fan tradition is throwing octopi onto the ice during the playoffs. It started in 1952, when a NHL team played two best-of-seven series to capture the Stanley Cup. The octopus, having eight arms, symbolized the number of playoff wins necessary to win the Cup. The practice started April 15, 1952 when Pete and Jerry Cusimano, brothers and storeowners in Detroit's Eastern Market, hurled an octopus onto the ice. The team swept the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens en route to winning the championship, as well as winning two of the next three championships.

The Red Wings' unofficial mascot is the purple Al the Octopus, and during playoff runs two of these mascots are also hung from the rafters of the Joe Louis Arena, symbolizing the 16 wins now needed to win the Stanley Cup.

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Fri, Mar 16th - 3:33AM

Alex Delvecchio

Alex Delvecchio's no. 10 was retired by the Red Wings Aprember 10, 1991. He played 24 seasons for the Wings from 1950 until 1974.

Delvecchio played on the second 'Production line' with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay replacing Sid Abel. One of the true gentlemen in the game of hockey, Delvecchio was a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for combining good sportsmanship with excellence on the ice. No player in NHL history played more games with just the one team. He was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.

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Sat, Mar 10th - 4:16AM

Drew Miller

Left winger Drew Miller has been playing for the Red Wings since November 2009 after been claimed on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Andrew Miller was born February 17, 1984 in Dover, New Jersey but raised in East Lansing, Michigan. He was drafted in the sixth round, 186th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on April 19, 2007, playing with the Anaheim Ducks against the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 2009 for Russian winger Evgeni Artyukhin.

Miller has played the role of a grinder with the Red Wings, spending time primarily on the third and fourth lines, while also contributing on the penalty kill. In July 2011, he signed a two-year contract that pays him $837,500 a year.

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Sun, Mar 4th - 4:16AM

Grand Rapids Griffins

The Grand Rapids Griffins have been the Red Wings AHL farm team since 2002.

The Griffins play at the 10,000-plus seat Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The team began in the now-defunct International Hockey League in 1996 and merged into the AHL in 2001.
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