Two Former Detroit Red Wings Elected to Hall of Fame


Something many saw coming, former Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergi Fedorov were both elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame today.

Both players put their own special mark on the team while they where in the motor city. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups while he was playing. Seven Norris Trophies and an interesting stat I found out about today was he was a career plus 450 player when it came to plus-minus rating. He netted 264 goals and 878 assists for a total of 1142 career points in 1,564 NHL games.

Fedorov played 13 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings before signing with the Might Ducks of Anaheim due to a contract issue with the team. Yet while in Detroit he was apart of what head coach at the time Scotty Bowmen called the Russian Five. That line consisted of Fedorov at centre, Igor Larionov on the right-wing, Vyacheslav Kozlov on the left-wing, and Slava Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov on defense.

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Fedorov won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings before he left. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy in the 1994 season along with the Sporting News Player of the Year. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy twice, in 1994 and 1996.

Both players mean a lot to the city of Detroit. They brought some of the best seasons to the city after years known as the “dead wing” era. People my age grew up watching these guys, even though it was mostly Lidstrom. It was well-known that if these two didn’t make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame in their first year that it would be a sports disaster.

With Lidstrom and Fedorov being elected into the hall there is now nine Detroit Red Wings in the hall from the team that won it all in 2002.

Other players elected today where Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggerio, Peter Karmanos Jr., and Bill Hay.

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