In their history, the Detroit Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cups. There were two time periods where the Red Wings were dominant. During the 1950’s, Detroit won four Stanley Cups. From 1990-2016, the Red Wings made the playoffs 25 consecutive years and once again won the Stanley Cup four times. During these two periods, the Red Wings were blessed with Hall of Fame players, particularly at forward. Here is a list of the Top 10 scoring forwards in Red Wings History.
Gordie Howe started playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 1946. He was 18 when he played his first NHL game. Howe played 25 consecutive seasons for the Red Wings. He also served as captain of the Red Wings for four seasons. He retired for two years before joining his sons in the WHA. Howe played six seasons in the WHA for Houston and New England. In 1979, New England joined the NHL as the Hartford Whalers and Howe played one last season in the NHL with both his sons. He is the oldest player (52) to ever play an NHL game.
In 26 NHL seasons, Howe scored an incredible 801 goals, 1,049 assists, and 1,850 regular season points. During 20 playoff seasons, Howe scored 160 points in 157 games.
During the 1950’s, Howe played on four Stanley Cup Championship teams in Detroit. Howe was selected as an NHL All-Star 23 times. He was the NHL scoring leader and MVP of the NHL six times. In 1967, Howe was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for NHL Contribution to U.S. Hockey.
In 1972-73, Gordie Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
During his retirement years, Howe could be seen at Joe Louis Arena during game days signing autographs and meeting fans. In 2006, I was fortunate enough to get his famous #9 book signed on one of my visits to a Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena. Mr. Hockey was truly an amazing hockey player and a true gentleman.