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My favorite Red Wing picture used to be a little ditty featuring mild mannered Darren McCarty ramming Claude Lemieux’s head into the JLA boards after pummeling his face with punch after vengeful punch, preceded by an exquisitely placed knee to the bridge of Lemieux’s nose.

But George went and pointed us to another image today that immediately vaulted to the top of my list.

Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press.


Man.  I love being a Red Wing fan.

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MsRedWinger's avatar

Me too, Chief.  Wonderful.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 01/02/12 at 12:05 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

My new Desktop

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/02/12 at 09:09 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Class, first class. 

Which got me to thinking (or at least trying too), does anyone remember the last time a active Red Wing player did anything prompting bad publicity?

Off the top of my head, I’m thinking you’d have to go back to, at least the mid or early 90’s?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/02/12 at 01:48 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Probie getting caught with coke in his underwear was prolly that last I remember.

Aaaaaawsome photo there.  Tiberius out with the sick kids.  The caption says it all:

Seven-year-old Deven Niemiec tries to get the attention of Detroit Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard during a visit from several Red Wings players at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon. Howard has been Deven’s favorite player ever since giving him a stick a few years ago according to his mom Nicole. The Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader, Jimmy Howard, Drew Miller and Ty Conklin made the visit to the hospital before heading to Traverse City for camp.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/02/12 at 03:02 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Frame It.

On it.

Posted by SYF from Ball's Hill on 01/02/12 at 04:31 PM ET


possibly Sergei wrecking his Ferrari on woodard. KH has made being a good citizen necessary for being a Red Wing, a policy i endorse.

Posted by beemerron from PNW on 01/02/12 at 05:39 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

does anyone remember the last time a active Red Wing player did anything prompting bad publicity?

I read a bit on Malik’s blog today about how because other franchises (whose marketing acumen supposedly goes far beyond that of the Wings) apparently choose to promote their individual “star” players better than the Wings do, they are somehow more likely to be “rewarded” with promotions such as outdoor hockey games.

I get it.  The NHL is run by a greasy little whore of a man who is a devotee of the glossy, media-driven insanity that is the NBA and thus wants a “superstar” league where it’s all guys like Ovechkin, Crosby and Kane all the time.  Team concept?  To hell with that.  We want Star Power, by God!  And so we end up with the classless, petulant incessant and bitchy whining of Sidney Crosby, the “Me First, team second” attitude embodied by Ovechkin and the smug, creepy preening of a juvenile delinquent punk like Patrick Kane. 

These are the faces of the NHL.  The always smarmy Crosby, never ever giving any credit or acknowledgement to anyone not named Crosby.  Ovechkin pouting and going into a shell any time he’s not the sun around which everything else orbits.  And of course Kane, a young millionaire, bitch-slapping cab drivers over twenty cents worth of cab fare, doubtless in between blowing kisses into the mirrors of the vehicle.

But what about guys like Datsyuk or Lidstrom or James Howard?  Each a very skilled and worthy star player in his own right, but somehow not in the pantheon of “league approved” superstars around whom promotional campaigns are built.  But you know what?  That’s just fine by me.  Fuch your winter classic and your HBO 24/7.  Keep it on the east coast with an occasional side trip to Chicago for all eternity for all I care.  We like what we have and if getting a slice of that pie means our team has to sell its collective soul to the highest bidder, then no thanks.

Rare is the franchise that combines success with character.  The idea of winning and doing things the right way is so throughly foreign to the NBA-trained midget commissioner, that we would never expect him to get it anyway, so why even try? 

Man.  I love being a Red Wing fan.

Says it all. 


Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/02/12 at 06:13 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Which got me to thinking (or at least trying too), does anyone remember the last time a active Red Wing player did anything prompting bad publicity?

The Goose Loonies incident comes to mind.

Posted by monkey from Prague on 01/02/12 at 08:51 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Probert with coke in his undies is more recent, however:

After all the hard living and all the arrests and rehab centers, Bob Probert has now been accused of breaking the first rule that every mother teaches her child: Always wear clean underwear, because you never know when you might be in an accident. Probert, a popular 6’3” forward for the Detroit Red Wings, was, authorities said, driving a borrowed car filled with empty beer cans and an empty liquor bottle when he was stopped after crossing the border from Canada to the U.S. at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel at 5:15 a.m. last Thursday. “Some people said he was a bomb waiting to explode,” said Red Wing forward Joe Kocur, who roomed with Probert for a year. The bomb apparently went off when U.S. Customs agents allegedly found a cocaine mill—used to grind rock cocaine into powder form—in Probert’s coat pocket. During a strip search, agents said they then discovered 14.3 grams (about half an ounce) of cocaine concealed inside his underpants.

The Red Wings were already well-acquainted with Probert’s escapades when they signed him to a new three-year contract last March reported to be worth $200,000 a year. In May he was caught drinking and violating curfew along with several other Detroit players the night before Game 5 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series with Edmonton. “I was shocked at his latest trouble because it was drugs,” said Red Wing coach Jacques Demers last week. “If I got a call and they said that Bob Probert was drunk, I’d say, ‘Oh, he’s done that again?’ But drugs, this is something completely different.”

—Sports Illustrated, March 13, 1989

Posted by monkey from Prague on 01/02/12 at 08:57 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Man.  I love being a Red Wing fan.

+19.  Because it bears repeating.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/02/12 at 09:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Just for Master Chief and the 19:  a New Year’s Day gift from youtube user, awood40.

Posted by SYF from Ball's Hill on 01/02/12 at 11:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Think we have problems with our PK?  Watching the Devils/Sens game tonight, the Rogers Broadcasting announcers made this comment:  The Devils have given up more SHGs than their PP has scored goals.

Devils lead the league in SHG given up with 12.

Posted by SYF from Ball's Hill on 01/03/12 at 12:05 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

And more on this…wasn’t it Make a Wish a month or so that gave the Wings an award for exceptional outstandingism in being wounderfully delicious?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/03/12 at 12:13 AM ET

hockeychic's avatar

And more on this…wasn’t it Make a Wish a month or so that gave the Wings an award for exceptional outstandingism in being wounderfully delicious?

Yes, it was!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 01/03/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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