1996–97 Detroit Red Wings season

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1996–97 Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup champions
Western Conference champions
Division 2nd Central
Conference 3rd Western
1996–97 record 38–26–18
Home record 20–12–9
Road record 18–14–9
Goals for 253
Goals against 197
Team information
General Manager Scotty Bowman (interim)
Jim Devellano (interim)
Ken Holland (interim)
Coach Scotty Bowman
Captain Steve Yzerman
Alternate captains Sergei Fedorov
Brendan Shanahan
Arena Joe Louis Arena
Team leaders
Goals Brendan Shanahan (46)
Assists Steve Yzerman (63)
Points Brendan Shanahan (87)
Penalties in minutes Martin Lapointe (167)
Plus/minus Vladimir Konstantinov (38)
Wins Chris Osgood (23)
Goals against average Kevin Hodson (1.63)

The 1996–97 Detroit Red Wings season was the 71st National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The highlight of the Red Wings season was winning the Stanley Cup, their first since 1955.

Off-season[edit]

On July 23, 1996, Detroit Red Wings President Bill Evo resigned his position after serving just ten months at the team's helm.[1] The Nickname "Hockeytown" was coined to launch the start of a five-year marketing campaign.

Regular season[edit]

The "HOCKEYTOWN" logo, a Red Wings logo overlapped with the term "HOCKEYTOWN," was shown over center ice starting this season and is still there as of 2016.

A season highlight was Sergei Fedorov's five-goal performance on December 26, 1996, in a game against the Washington Capitals. The Red Wings won 5–4 in overtime. Fedorov's fifth goal of the game came at 2:39 of the overtime period.

On March 26, 1997, the Red Wings–Avalanche brawl continued to fuel the rivalry between the teams. Detroit won that game 6–5 in overtime.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Dallas Stars 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
2 3 Detroit Red Wings 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
3 5 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
4 6 St. Louis Blues 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
5 8 Chicago Blackhawks 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
6 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 230 273 68

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 49 24 9 277 205 107
2 Dallas Stars CEN 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
3 Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 36 33 13 245 233 85
5 Phoenix Coyotes CEN 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
6 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
7 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 36 37 9 252 247 81
8 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
9 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 35 40 7 257 273 77
10 Calgary Flames PAC 82 32 41 9 214 239 73
11 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 30 44 8 230 273 68
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 28 43 11 214 268 67
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 27 47 8 211 278 62

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 Detroit 1 – 3 New Jersey Osgood 18,622 0–1–0 0
2 October 9 Edmonton 0 – 2 Detroit Osgood 19,983 1–1–0 2
3 October 11 Calgary 2 – 1 Detroit Osgood 19,983 1–2–0 2
4 October 12 Detroit 6 – 1 Buffalo Vernon 18,595 2–2–0 4
5 October 15 Detroit 1 – 3 Dallas Vernon 15,983 2–3–0 4
6 October 17 Detroit 1 – 2 Chicago Osgood 18,261 2–4–0 4
7 October 19 NY Islanders 2 – 4 Detroit Vernon 19,983 3–4–0 6
8 October 21 Los Angeles 0 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,849 4–4–0 8
9 October 23 Dallas 1 – 4 Detroit Osgood 19,983 5–4–0 10
10 October 25 Chicago 2 – 2 Detroit * Hodson 19,983 5–4–1 11
11 October 26 Detroit 2 – 1 Boston Osgood 17,012 6–4–1 13
12 October 30 Montreal 3 – 5 Detroit Osgood 19,983 7–4–1 15

November[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attedance Record Pts
13 November 1 Detroit 2 – 2 Ottawa * Osgood 14,158 7–4–2 16
14 November 2 Detroit 2 – 6 Toronto Vernon 15,726 7–5–2 16
15 November 4 Hartford 1 – 5 Detroit Osgood 19,983 8–5–2 18
16 November 6 New Jersey 2 – 0 Detroit Osgood 19,983 8–6–2 18
17 November 8 Detroit 4 – 1 Hartford Vernon 14,660 9–6–2 20
18 November 10 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Detroit Osgood 19,983 10–6–2 22
19 November 13 Colorado 4 – 1 Detroit Osgood 19,983 10–7–2 22
20 November 15 San Jose 1 – 5 Detroit Vernon 19,983 11–7–2 24
21 November 18 Detroit 2 – 2 Phoenix * Osgood 15,436 11–7–3 25
22 November 21 Detroit 6 – 1 San Jose Vernon 17,442 12–7–3 27
23 November 23 Detroit 6 – 0 Los Angeles Osgood 16,005 13–7–3 29
24 November 24 Detroit 1 – 3 Anaheim Vernon 17,174 13–8–3 29
25 November 27 Toronto 2 – 5 Detroit Osgood 19,983 14–8–3 31

December[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
26 December 1 Florida 4 – 2 Detroit Osgood 19,983 14–9–3 31
27 December 3 Vancouver 2 – 2 Detroit * Osgood 19,921 14–9–4 32
28 December 4 Detroit 2 – 0 Washington Hodson 16,117 15–9–4 34
29 December 10 Edmonton 0 – 0 Detroit * Osgood 19,983 15–9–5 35
30 December 12 Chicago 2 – 6 Detroit Osgood 19,983 16–9–5 37
31 December 15 Toronto 1 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,983 17–9–5 39
32 December 17 Detroit 3 – 4 Colorado Vernon 16,061 17–10–5 39
33 December 18 Detroit 3 – 3 Calgary * Osgood 16,237 17–10–6 40
34 December 20 Detroit 2 – 3 Vancouver Hodson 18,422 17–11–6 40
35 December 22 Detroit 6 – 2 Edmonton Osgood 16,724 18–11–6 42
36 December 26 Washington 4 – 5 Detroit * Osgood 19,983 19–11–6 44
37 December 28 Detroit 7 – 1 NY Islanders Vernon 16,297 20–11–6 46
38 December 30 Phoenix 5 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,983 20–12–6 46

January[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 3 Dallas 2 – 1 Detroit Vernon 19,983 20–13–6 46
40 January 5 Detroit 5 – 5 Chicago * Vernon 21,914 20–13–7 47
41 January 8 Detroit 3 – 6 Dallas Osgood 15,326 20–14–7 47
42 January 9 Detroit 5 – 4 Phoenix * Osgood 16,210 21–14–7 49
43 January 11 Chicago 3 – 1 Detroit Osgood 19,983 21–15–7 49
44 January 14 Los Angeles 3 – 3 Detroit * Osgood 19,983 21–15–8 50
45 January 20 Detroit 1 – 4 Montreal Vernon 21,273 21–16–8 50
46 January 22 Philadelphia 2 – 2 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 21–16–9 51
47 January 25 Detroit 4 – 1 Philadelphia Vernon 19,711 22–16–9 53
48 January 29 Phoenix 3 – 0 Detroit Vernon 19,983 22–17–9 53

February[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
49 February 1 Detroit 4 – 1 St. Louis Vernon 20,330 23–17–9 55
50 February 2 Dallas 3 – 4 Detroit * Osgood 19,983 24–17–9 57
51 February 4 St. Louis 1 – 1 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 24–17–10 58
52 February 6 Vancouver 7 – 4 Detroit Osgood 19,983 24–18–10 58
53 February 8 Detroit 6 – 5 Pittsburgh * Vernon 17,355 25–18–10 60
54 February 12 San Jose 1 – 7 Detroit Osgood 19,983 26–18–10 62
55 February 14 Detroit 3 – 4 Dallas * Vernon 16,924 26–19–10 62
56 February 16 Detroit 4 – 2 Florida Osgood 14,703 27–19–10 64
57 February 17 Detroit 3 – 3 Tampa Bay * Vernon 19,579 27–19–11 65
58 February 19 Calgary 0 – 4 Detroit Osgood 19,983 28–19–11 67
59 February 22 Detroit 2 – 2 St. Louis * Vernon 20,371 28–19–12 68
60 February 24 Detroit 5 – 3 Phoenix Osgood 16,210 29–19–12 70
61 February 27 Pittsburgh 1 – 4 Detroit Vernon 19,983 30–19–12 72

March[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
62 March 1 NY Rangers 0 – 3 Detroit Osgood 19,983 31–19–12 74
63 March 2 Anaheim 1 – 1 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 31–19–13 75
64 March 5 Detroit 4 – 4 Toronto * Osgood 15,726 31–19–14 76
65 March 8 Detroit 5 – 3 Vancouver Vernon 18,422 32–19–14 78
66 March 10 Detroit 3 – 3 Los Angeles * Osgood 10,663 32–19–15 79
67 March 12 Detroit 1 – 2 Anaheim Vernon 17,174 32–20–15 79
68 March 15 Detroit 7 – 4 San Jose Osgood 17,442 33–20–15 81
69 March 16 Detroit 2 – 4 Colorado Osgood 16,061 33–21–15 81
70 March 19 Boston 1 – 4 Detroit Hodson 19,983 34–21–15 83
71 March 21 Detroit 1 – 3 NY Rangers Osgood 18,200 34–22–15 83
72 March 23 Detroit 3 – 5 Chicago Hodson 22,422 34–23–15 83
73 March 26 Colorado 5 – 6 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 35–23–15 85
74 March 28 Buffalo 1 – 2 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 36–23–15 87
75 March 30 Anaheim 1 – 0 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 36–24–15 87

April[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
76 April 1 St. Louis 1 – 1 Detroit * Vernon 19,983 36–24–16 88
77 April 3 Toronto 2 – 2 Detroit * Osgood 19,983 36–24–17 89
78 April 5 Detroit 4 – 2 Toronto Osgood 15,726 37–24–17 91
79 April 8 Detroit 3 – 2 Calgary * Osgood 17,841 38–24–17 93
80 April 9 Detroit 3 – 3 Edmonton * Vernon 17,099 38–24–18 94
81 April 11 Ottawa 3 – 2 Detroit Vernon 19,983 38–25–18 94
82 April 13 St. Louis 3 – 1 Detroit Osgood 19,983 38–26–18 94

Playoffs[edit]

The Red Wings won the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, their first Stanley Cup since the 1954–55 NHL season.

Six days after winning the Stanley Cup, tragedy struck when defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov, defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov, and massage therapist Sergei Mnatsakanov were involved in a limousine accident. The driver, who later said he fell asleep, had a suspended license for previous drunk driving convictions.

Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

St. Louis vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
April 16 St. Louis 2 0 Detroit
April 18 St. Louis 1 2 Detroit
April 20 Detroit 3 2 St. Louis
April 22 Detroit 0 4 St. Louis
April 25 St. Louis 2 5 Detroit
April 27 Detroit 3 1 St. Louis
Detroit wins series 4–2

Conference Semi-finals[edit]

Anaheim vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
May 2 Anaheim 1 2 Detroit OT
May 4 Anaheim 2 3 Detroit 3OT
May 6 Detroit 5 3 Anaheim
May 8 Detroit 3 2 Anaheim 2OT
Detroit wins series 4–0

Conference Finals[edit]

Detroit vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
May 15 Detroit 1 2 Colorado
May 17 Detroit 4 2 Colorado
May 19 Colorado 1 2 Detroit
May 22 Colorado 0 6 Detroit
May 24 Detroit 0 6 Colorado
May 26 Colorado 1 3 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–2

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Detroit vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
May 31 Detroit 4 2 Philadelphia
June 3 Detroit 4 2 Philadelphia
June 5 Philadelphia 1 6 Detroit
June 7 Philadelphia 1 2 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup

Player statistics[edit]

All statistics were compiled while playing for the Red Wings.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan LW 79 47 41 88 131 31 20 2 7
Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 81 22 63 85 78 22 8 0 3
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 74 30 33 63 30 29 9 2 4
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom D 79 15 42 57 30 11 8 0 1
Larionov, IgorIgor Larionov C 64 12 42 54 26 31 2 1 4
McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty RW 68 19 30 49 126 14 5 0 6
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov LW 80 23 22 45 46 21 3 0 6
Konstantinov, VladimirVladimir Konstantinov D 77 5 33 38 151 38 0 0 0
Lapointe, MartinMartin Lapointe RW 78 16 17 33 167 -14 5 1 1
Fetisov, ViacheslavViacheslav Fetisov D 64 5 23 28 76 26 0 0 1
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 34 9 9 18 36 2 0 1 2
Johnson, GregGreg Johnson RW 43 6 10 16 12 -5 0 0 0
Draper, KrisKris Draper C 76 8 5 13 73 -11 1 0 1
Brown, DougDoug Brown RW 49 6 7 13 8 -3 1 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse D 70 4 9 13 58 8 0 2 0
Dandenault, MathieuMathieu Dandenault LW 65 3 9 12 28 -10 0 0 0
Pushor, JamieJamie Pushor D 75 4 7 11 129 1 0 0 0
Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom LW 47 6 3 9 33 -10 3 0 0
Maltby, KirkKirk Maltby RW 66 3 5 8 75 3 0 0 0
Taylor, TimTim Taylor C 44 3 4 7 52 -6 0 1 0
Ward, AaronAaron Ward D 49 2 7 7 52 -9 0 0 0
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 12 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 0
Eriksson, AndersAnders Eriksson D 23 0 6 6 10 5 0 0 0
Kocur, JoeJoe Kocur RW 34 2 1 3 70 -7 0 0 1
Errey, BobBob Errey LW 36 1 2 3 27 -3 0 0 0
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood G 47 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Knuble, MikeMike Knuble RW 9 1 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Hodson, KevinKevin Hodson G 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Grimson, StuStu Grimson LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0
Major, MarkMark Major LW 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Ramsey, MikeMike Ramsey D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vernon, MikeMike Vernon G 33 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 2769 47 23 13 9 106 2.30 6 1175 1069 .910
Vernon, MikeMike Vernon 1952 33 13 11 8 79 2.43 0 782 703 .899
Hodson, KevinKevin Hodson 294 6 2 2 1 8 1.63 1 114 106 .930
Team: 5015 82 38 26 18 193 2.31 7 2071 1878 .907

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 20 8 12 20 12 3 0 4
Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan LW 20 9 8 17 43 2 0 2
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov LW 20 8 5 13 14 4 0 2
Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 20 7 6 13 4 3 0 2
Lapointe, MartinMartin Lapointe RW 20 4 8 12 60 1 0 1
Larionov, IgorIgor Larionov C 20 4 8 12 8 3 0 1
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 20 2 9 11 8 1 0 1
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom D 20 2 6 8 2 0 0 0
Maltby, KirkKirk Maltby LW 20 5 2 7 24 0 1 1
McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty RW 20 3 4 8 34 0 0 2
Brown, DougDoug Brown RW 14 3 3 6 2 0 0
Draper, KrisKris Draper C 20 2 4 6 12 0 1 0
Kocur, JoeJoe Kocur RW 19 1 3 4 22 0 0 0
Fetisov, ViacheslavViacheslav Fetisov D 20 0 4 4 42 0 0 0
Konstantinov, VladimirVladimir Konstantinov D 20 0 4 4 29 0 0 0
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 20 0 4 4 24 0 0 0
Pushor, JamieJamie Pushor D 5 0 1 1 5 0 0 0
Vernon, MikeMike Vernon G 20 0 1 1 12 0 0 0
Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood G 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse D 20 0 0 0 55 0 0 0
Taylor, TimTim Taylor C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ward, AaronAaron Ward D 19 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Vernon, MikeMike Vernon 1229 20 16 4 36 1.76 1 494 458 .927
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 47 2 0 0 2 2.55 0 21 19 .905
Team: 1276 20 16 4 38 1.79 1 515 477 .926

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals;
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings
Conn Smythe Trophy: Mike Vernon
Runner Up: James Norris Memorial Trophy: Vladimir Konstantinov[4]

Transactions[edit]

August 27, 1996 Traded Dino Ciccarelli to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round draft pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

October 9, 1996 Acquired Brendan Shanahan & Brian Glynn from the Hartford Whalers for Keith Primeau & Paul Coffey.

October 13, 1996 Stu Grimson claimed on waivers by Hartford Whalers.

December 27, 1996 Signed Joe Kocur as a free agent.

January 27, 1997 Acquired Tomas Sandstrom from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Greg Johnson.

February 8, 1997 Bob Errey claimed on waivers by San Jose Sharks.

March 18, 1997 Acquired Larry Murphy from the Toronto Maple Leafs for future considerations.

Roster[edit]

1996-97 Detroit Red Wings
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

[5]

Draft picks[edit]

Detroit's picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.[6]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 26 Jesse Wallin Defense  Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
2 52 Aren Miller Goalie  Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
4 108 Johan Forsander Left Wing  Sweden HV71 (SEL)
5 135 Michael Podolka Goalie  Czech Republic Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
6 144 Magnus Nilsson Left Wing  Sweden Malmo IF (SEL)
6 162 Alexandre Jacques Right Wing  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
7 189 Colin Beardsmore Center  Canada North Bay Centennials (OHL)
8 215 Craig Stahl Winger  Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
9 241 Evgeny Afanasiev Winger  Canada Flint Generals (CoHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]