A pop quiz for Red Wings superfans

With the NHL Playoffs getting underway, here’s a Red Wings trivia primer for fans. See how many you can get correct.

1. Steve Yzerman spent an unprecedented 20 seasons as the Red Wings’ captain. Who did he succeed at the start of the 1986-87 season?

2. During the 1973-74 season, the Wings had no less than seven captains! Here are six of them: Mickey Redmond, Alex Delvecchio, Nick Libbett, Red Berenson, Ted Harris, and Gary Bergman. Name the seventh.

3. Did you know that Bobby Orr scored the final goal of his storied career at Olympia Stadium on Oct. 26, 1978? Of course you did. But can you name the Detroit goalie he victimized?

4. This is a little bit easier. What uniform was Bobby Orr wearing when he scored his final goal?

5. Speaking of Hall-of-Fame blueliners, name the first Red Wing to be awarded the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.

6. If not for protective glass, more than a few fans would be eating pucks instead of pizza during games. Can you name the first NHL arena to install glass on top of the boards?

7. The playing of the national anthem has been a tradition for many years. What season did the NHL make the pre-game ceremony a hard-and-fast rule?

8. The wacky Hanson brothers (actually Dave Hanson, Steve Carlson, and Jeff Carlson) remain minor cult figures, thanks to their roles in the 1977 movie Slapshot. Which of the three actually once played for the Wings?

9. Name the former Red Wing who is the only native of Beirut, Lebanon to play in the NHL.

10. Finally, name the first Detroit coach to win the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year. (And no, it wasn’t Jack Adams.)




1. Danny Gare.

2. Larry Johnston.

3. Rogatien Vachon.

4. The former Boston Bruin was playing out his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.

5. Red Kelly in 1954.

6. The Toronto Maple Leafs, responding to a growing number of spectator injuries, installed protective glass in Maple Leaf Gardens in

7. In 1946, the NHL adopted a rule requiring the playing of the home team’s national anthem. Later the rule was expanded to include the playing of both teams’ national anthems whenever U.S. and Canadian teams squared off against each other.

8. Dave Hanson played defense in Detroit in 1978-79.

9. Ed Hatoum, the pride of Beirut, was a right winger in Detroit from 1968 to 1970.

10. Bobby Kromm in 1978.