Tatar was chosen by the Red Wings in the second round (60th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, and he spent the most of the next three seasons with Grand Rapids, their American Hockey League affiliate. In his first three seasons with the team, he participated in nine NHL games, all of which were in 2010–11, and scored one goal. He also played in 74 AHL games over that period of time, scoring 21 goals and adding 36 assists.
Tatar made his NHL debut on November 3, 2010, against the Montreal Canadiens at the Joe Louis Arena. He replaced Valtteri Filppula as a defensive forward and had a shot on goal in the first period but missed the net. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Tatar played two more games that season without any points. He played in eight more games in 2011-12, finishing with one goal.
In 2012-13, Tatar played all 70 games for the Red Wings and not only led them in scoring with 88 points but also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player who shows skill and sportsmanship on the ice. He became the first Red Wing to win this award since Chris Chelios in 1990-91.
Tatar signed a six-year, $36 million contract extension with Detroit on July 1, 2013. He was considered one of the best free agents available after playing three years in Grand Rapids.
Despite only being in existence for three seasons, the Detroit Junior Red Wings sent 13 players to the NHL. Pat Peake was the franchise's first MVP. The Whalers announced that his number 14 will be retired. Cameron Gruich was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He played one season with the University of North Dakota before turning pro.
Peake played two seasons with the Junior Red Wings, scoring 30 goals and adding 48 assists for 78 points. He also won a gold medal with Canada at the 1994 World Junior Championships. In 1995, he joined the Red Wings and spent one season with their minor league team before moving back up to the big club. He ended up finishing with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points.
He would go on to play six more seasons in the NHL, all with the Red Wings, and finish with 104 goals and 210 assists for 314 points. Peake was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
The Red Wings have had several other notable MVPs over the years including Chris Chelios, Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, and Pavel Datsyuk.
He was chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in 1989 and began his twenty-year NHL career in the 1991-92 season. With the exception of the 1994-95 lockout caused by a dispute between the NHLPA and the NHL, Lidstrom has appeared in all 20 postseason games with the Detroit Red Wings. He has won three Stanley Cups with the team.
Lidstrom is considered one of the best defensemen of all time and he currently plays for the Dallas Stars. He won the Norris Trophy in 2003 and 2004 and has been selected to eleven consecutive All-Star Games. The Stockholm, Sweden native has won two gold medals at the Olympics and ten straight Gold Medals at the World Championships. Lidstrom has been named the Best Defenseman of the Year eight times and has won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy twice.
He has also been nominated for the James Norris Trophy which is given to the best defenseman in the league every year but has never won it. In 2006-07, Lidstrom finished first in voting for the Norris Trophy but didn't win because of a tiebreaker rule.
In 2009, Lidstrom was chosen as one of the 100 Greatest Players in National Hockey League History. He is the second Red Wing after Brett Hull to be placed on this list.
Lidstrom was born on January 4th, 1969 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Say it aloud: "Pause." He played for the Canucks in 1989-90 before moving on to the Red Wings, where he won three Stanley Cups from 1997 to 2002. Larionov finished his career with 169 goals and 644 points. He is one of only four players (Ron Francis, Pavel Bure, and Evgeni Malkin are the others) to score at least 100 points in a season without scoring more than 10 goals.
Larionov was born on January 4th, 1970 in Leningrad, Soviet Union. He turned pro with the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL in 1989-90. In 89-90 he scored 14 goals and 49 points. The following year he improved to 35 goals and 87 points. In 1992-93 he had 46 goals and 102 points and in 1993-94 he had 51 goals and 109 points. That same season he was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player.
In 1994-95 his goal total fell to 45 but he still managed to score 105 points. This led to him being named to the First All-Star Team. In 1995-96 he had another great season with 56 goals and 121 points. That same year he was also named to the Second All-Star Team. In 1996-97 he had another great season with 77 goals and 155 points.