7. Alex Delvecchio

In sports, you often talk about the "glue guy," which is the character player who holds the team together.  That player is not necessarily a star, but in hockey forward, Alex Delvecchio is what we have.

There were better players for the Red Wings, but even they did not feel like they were more emboldened with the franchise than Delvecchio.  Playing his entire career in Detroit, Delvecchio was a clean player (three Lady Byngs) and a bona fide scorer.  

Helping to lead the Red Wings to three Stanley Cups in the early 1950s, Delvecchio was a Red Wing from 1951 to 1974, making him one of the most tenured players in franchise history.  A two-time Second Team All-Star, Delvecchio played in 13 All-Star Games and accumulated 1,281 Points.

Delvecchio was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977, and in 1991, his no 10 was retired by the team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Left Wing, Center
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent before the 1950-51 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1973-74 Season.
  • Games Played: 1,550
  • Notable Statistics:

    456 Goals
    825 Assists 
    1,281 Points 
    383 PIM 
    0.83 PPG 
    +24 Plus/Minus* 
    123.5 Point Shares 
    104 Points in 121 Playoff Games

    *Plus/Minus was not a stat until the 1959-60 Season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1952, 1954 & 1955)
    Lady Byng Trophy (1959, 1966 & 1969)
    Second Team All-Star (1953 & 1959)
    All-Star Game (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1967)

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