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Duffer’s Dabbles: Red Wings In NHL Legends Game Aren’t Exactly Red Wings Legends

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Wendel Clark, former NHL and Detroit Red Wings player
Wendel Clark collected six goals and 11 points in 22 games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1999.

Past players partaking in the NHL Legends Game is an annual part of the festivities in the planning for next month’s Hockey Hall of Fame weekend in Toronto. And while several former Detroit Red Wings will be suiting up in the game, calling them Red Wings legends is a stretch.

Certainly, Hall of Famer Mike Modano of Livonia is a hockey legend. But the four goals he scored in 40 games for the Red Wings in 2010-11 weren’t legendary.

Likewise, Wendel Clark was a legendary Toronto Maple Leaf. The 6-5-11 totals he assembled in 22 regular-season and playoff games with the Red Wings in 1999 were not the stuff of legend.

Mike Commodore is more legendary for his social media ranting against former coach Mike Babcock than he is for the 17 games he wound up playing under Babcock with the 2011-12 Red Wings. Dmitri Mironov won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1997-98. However, including regular-season and playoff contests, he played all of 18 games for the team.

The most legendary Red Wing associated with the game is former GM Ken Holland. One of his year’s Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, Holland will be coaching one of the legends teams.

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Mark W

I suppose we get to see the longer tenured Wings legends at Detroit LCA alumni games and events. As this is in Toronto and HOF centric it isn’t surprising to see them bring in names marketable to the broadest local audience.

Wings legendary alumni include many European players who may not be as available as their North American counterparts. Or maybe they’re just not as marketable to the target audience. You can bet someone knows that answer. But does anyone care ? Doubtful.

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