All through the historical past of the Detroit Purple Wings franchise, numerous legends and hockey icons have donned the winged wheel. These stars have gone on to set some spectacular franchise data whereas enjoying for the Detroit Cougars, Falcons, and Purple Wings.
Which group data are actually unbreakable in right now’s—and tomorrow’s—NHL? Let’s check out some unbelievable Detroit Purple Wings data that will by no means be damaged:
1. Most Penalty Minutes in a Season: Bob Probert (398)
In Bob Probert’s breakout 1987-88 season with the Purple Wings, he registered profession highs with 29 objectives, 33 assists, and 62 factors, incomes his first and solely All-Star Recreation look. Extra extremely, Probert set a Purple Wings’ file with 398 penalty minutes within the course of.
Certainly, in right now’s NHL, this file won’t be damaged. Preventing within the recreation has been declining for years, the NHL has eradicated 20-minute penalties, and the prototypical “goon” is now extinct. In recent times, it’s been uncommon to see a participant crack 200 penalty minutes in a season.
Probert can look down from heaven and know that he’ll at all times be part of the Purple Wings’ file e-book.
2. Most Staff Wins in a Season: 1995-96 Detroit Purple Wings (62)
In the course of the 1995-96 NHL season, the Purple Wings demolished their means by the schedule, recording a 62-13-7 file. These 62 wins set each a franchise and NHL file. Led by Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, and the Russian 5, the Purple Wings rebounded from a Stanley Cup sweep to New Jersey the 12 months earlier than by beating nearly each group they confronted. And given the parity of NHL groups right now, it appears unlikely that future Purple Wings group will be capable of prime 62 wins.
3. Highest Plus-Minus in a Season: Vladimir Konstantinov (Plus-60)
As a part of the Russian 5 that dominated the 1995-96 season, defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov accrued the franchise’s highest, recorded plus-minus whole in a single season. His plus-60 ranking is robust indication of how a lot the Russian 5 dominated on the offensive aspect of the puck, in addition to in their very own zone. Whereas this file pales compared to the NHL file (Plus-124 by Bobby Orr for the 1970-71 season), right now’s recreation will probably not produce such a excessive plus-minus ranking.
4. Most Shutouts in a Season: Terry Sawchuk/Glenn Corridor (12)
Although this file was completed by two goalies, Terry Sawchuk is the true holder of the file for many shutouts in a season, having blanked opponents 12 occasions in three completely different seasons (1951-52, 1953-54, 1954-55—every a 12 months when the Purple Wings received the Stanley Cup). Glenn Hall matched the feat in the course of the 1955-56 season.
Regardless of the low scoring and bigger pads of right now’s NHL, goalies have a harder time shutting out opponents with the 4 traces of expert gamers that groups roll. No Detroit Purple Wings goalie has recorded double-digit shutouts since Corridor’s very good season.
5. Most Profession Assists: Steve Yzerman (1,063)
It’s fairly spectacular if you break one among Gordie Howe’s data. Steve Yzerman did so and now holds the Purple Wings franchise file for many assists in a profession, with 1,063 helpers. Yzerman broke Howe’s file in the course of the 2003-04 season, his 21st with the Purple Wings.
Whereas longevity data might not stand the take a look at of time, Yzerman’s file for assists in a profession might stand for fairly a while.
6. Most Profession Shutouts: Terry Sawchuk (85)
Contemplating Chris Osgood’s 39 shutouts are the following highest whole, it’s protected to say that Terry Sawchuk’s file of 85 shutouts whereas in a Purple Wings uniform will stand for some time.
In his 14 seasons with the Purple Wings, Sawchuk helped set up the Purple Wings as a dominant drive within the NHL—particularly in the course of the early Nineteen Fifties. His 85 shutouts with the Purple Wings alone would put him in fourth place—simply forward of Corridor—for many shutouts in an NHL profession. He’d go on to clean opponents 18 extra occasions whereas enjoying for different groups. Solely Martin Brodeur has extra profession shutouts than Sawchuk.
Terry Sawchuk is arguably one of the best NHL goalies of all-time. His file for shutouts in a single season (and the way he repeated that feat twice extra) and profession shutouts with the Detroit Purple Wings are strong proof of that.
7. Most Profession Objectives: Gordie Howe (786)
It’s doable that Ovechkin will cross Howe in profession objectives. However for members of the Purple Wings group, nobody will surpass this file for fairly some time.
In an unbelievable 25 seasons with the Purple Wings, Howe lit the lamp 786 occasions—an NHL file for many objectives with one franchise. Howe’s file has stood since 1971 and can proceed to face for a few years to come back. Aside from Purple Wings’ icon Steve Yzerman, nobody has come near difficult Howe’s objectives file.
8. Most Profession Factors: Gordie Howe (1,809)
Contemplating solely Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Gretzky, and Mark Messier have surpassed 1,809 factors, it’s protected to say that Howe’s Detroit Purple Wings file for factors in a profession won’t be damaged for a protracted, very long time. Steve Yzerman got here shut, scoring 1,755 factors in his 22-year Purple Wings profession. Aside from Yzerman, nobody is inside 500 factors of Howe’s whole. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg’s mixed factors are nonetheless not sufficient to finest Howe.
Mr. Hockey’s time in Detroit was arguably probably the greatest careers with anybody franchise. Purple Wings followers are actually blessed to have somebody like Howe of their file books for therefore many classes. And he shall be there for some time too, having put up some completely unbreakable data.