By the Numbers :: 21 – 30

Here’s your third installment of By the Numbers. 1-10 can be found here, and 11-20 can be found here.

This may be the last section of numbers with deep history, since there haven’t been many Hall of Famers wearing 51 and such… yet…


First Wearer :: Ken Kilrea, 1938
Current Wearer :: Ville Leino
Other Notables :: Marcel Pronovost, Andy Bathgate, Pete Mahovlich, Ron Stackhouse, Danny Grant, Adam Oates, Borje Salming, Bob Errey, Boyd Devereaux
The story of #21 :: It could have been Igor Grigorenko’s if he hadn’t limped back to Russia with his tail between his legs.


First Wearer :: Don Deacon, 1938
Current Wearer :: Brett Lebda
Other Notables :: Stu McNeill, Dennis Polonich, Dennis Hextall, Murray Craven, Brad Park, Dave Barr, Dino Ciccarelli, Mike Knuble, Yuri Butsayev
The story of #22 :: Nice run in 22 from Hextall to Knuble.


First Wearer :: Eddie Nicholson, 1947
Current Wearer :: Brad Stuart
Other Notables :: Johnny Wilson, Guy Charron, Robbie Ftorek, Basil McRae, Lee Norwood, Kevin Miller, Greg Johnson, Stacy Roest, Mathieu Schneider
The story of #23 :: Always seems like the number that’s just kind of GIVEN, ya know?


First Wearer :: Calum McKay, 1948
Most Recent Wearer :: Chris Chelios, 2009
Other Notables :: Bart Crashley, Gary Doak, Pete Mahovlich, Bob McCord, Randy Manery, Greg Joly, Bob Probert
The story of #24 :: Clearly reserved for badasses.


First Wearer :: Ed Stankiewicz, 1953
Most Recent Wearer :: Darren McCarty, 2009
Other Notables :: Hank Bassen, John Ogrodnick, Dave Lewis, Troy Crowder
The story of #25 :: Did you know John Ogrodnick is one of only six Red Wings to score 50 goals in a season?


First Wearer :: Doug Roberts, 1963
Most Recent Wearer :: Jiri Hudler, 2009
Other Notables :: Al Cameron, Steve Short, Jim Korn, Barry Melrose, Joey Kocur, Ray Sheppard, Wes Walz
The story of #26 :: What do you remember most: Barry Melrose’s mullet, Joe Kocur’s fists or Ray Sheppard’s hands?


First Wearer :: Frank Mahovlich, 1967
Most Recent Wearer :: Darryl Bootland, 2007
Other Notables :: Denis Dejordy, Buster Harvey, Bob Ritchie, Brent Peterson, Brad Smith, Reggie Leach, Darryl Sittler, Harold Snepsts, Doug Houda, Jim Cummins, Micah Aivazoff, Marc Bergevin, Aaron Ward, Fredrik Olausson, Patrick Boileau
The story of #27 :: Haaaaaaa-roooooold. Haaaaaa-roooooooold.


First Wearer :: Barry Salovaara, 1975
Current Wearer :: Brian Rafalski
Other Notables :: Reed Larson, Dallas Drake, Tomas Sandstrom, Yan Golubovsky, Steve Duchesne, Tomas Kopecky
The story of #28 :: Kopecky switched from 32 to 28, just in time for the Red Wings to acquire long-time 28 wearer Brian Rafalski.


First Wearer :: Terry Sawchuk, 1968
Most Recent Wearer :: Ty Conklin, 2009
Other Notables :: Brian McCutcheon, Tim Sheehy, Ted Nolan, Randy Ladouceur, Gilbert Delorme, Randy McKay, Dennis Vial, Mike Vernon, Jason Williams
The story of #29 :: All good memories of Mike Vernon were wiped away by Jason Williams.


First Wearer :: Hank Bassen, 1965
Current Wearer :: Chris Osgood
Other Notables :: Roger Crozier, Roy Edwards, Rogie Vachon, Greg Stefan
The story of #30 :: Of the 18 players to wear #30, only Ozzie, Stefan, and Edwards lasted more than a season in it.

By the Numbers :: 11 – 20

In a continuation of yesterday’s inaugural By the Numbers segment, here are the teens!


First Wearer :: Hobie Kitchen, 1926
Current Wearer :: Dan Cleary
Other Notables :: Marty Pavelich, Vic Stasiuk, Pete Mahovlich, Walt McKechnie, Rick Bowness, Shawn Burr, Mathieu Dandenault
The story of #11 :: Was also worn by yours truly, in college.
Retired in 1992 :: Sid Abel
First Wearer :: Fred Gordon, 1926
Last Wearer :: Mike Sillinger, 1992
Other Notables :: Larry Aurie (briefly), Red Green (really?), Metro Prystai (again), Bruce MacGregor, Marcel Dionne, Bryan Hextall, Adam Graves, Sheldon Kennedy, Jimmy Carson
The story of #12 :: As mentioned in yesterday’s comments section – Jimmy Carson becomes the only Red Wing to wear two different eventually-retired numbers.
First Wearer :: Gizzy Hart, 1926
Current Wearer :: Pavel Datsyuk
Other Notables :: Vyacheslav Kozlov
The story of #13 :: That’s it. Only three wearers of 13 ever. And there was 65 years in between the first and Slava Kozlov.
First Wearer :: Herb Stuart, 1926
Current Wearer :: Derek Meech
Other Notables :: Bud Bruneteau, Ted Lindsay (for three years), Bep Guidolin, Glen Skov, Nick Libbett, Lane Lambert, Brent Ashton, Randy McKay, Brent Fedyk, Brendan Shanahan
The story of #14 :: If Shanny had retired instead of moving on to the Rangers, Meech wouldn’t have been allowed to switch from #36 to this storied sweater.
First Wearer :: Jack Arbour, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Josh Langfeld, 2007
Other Notables :: Reg Noble, Bill Quackenbush, Marty Pavelich, Alex Delvecchio (for FOUR years), Billy Dea, Robbie Ftorek, Paul “Radio Play-by-Play” Woods, Mel Bridgman, Paul MacLean, Sheldon Kennedy, Mike Ramsey, Tomas Holmstrom (‘memba that?), Todd Gill, Dmitri Mironov, Pat Verbeek, Jason Woolley
The story of #15 :: Been passed around more than Elisha Cuthbert. Too soon?
First Wearer :: Leroy Goldsworthy, 1930
Most Recent Wearer :: Vladimir Konstantinov, 1997
Other Notables :: Carl Voss, Bill Jennings, Bill Quackenbush (homeboy’s all over this list), Johnny Wilson, Norm Ullman, Michel Bergeron, Kelly Kisio, John Chabot
The story of #16 :: Unlike Fischer’s #2, which has been re-distributed at camps, no one has put on a #16 Red Wings sweater since Vladdy, and its a safe bet it’ll be a while before someone does.
First Wearer :: Frank Frederickson, 1930
Most Recent Wearer :: Dallas Drake, 2008
Other Notables :: Gordie Howe (as a teenager), Tim Ecclestone, Mike Foligno, Ed Johnstone, Gerard Gallant, Doug Brown, Brett Hull, Kyle Calder, Brad Norton
The story of #17 :: This is the highest number to be worn during the Falcons/Cougars days.
First Wearer :: Bob Davis, 1932
Current Wearer :: Kirk Maltby
Other Notables :: Jim Conacher, Marcel Pronovost, Al Arbour, Gary Bergman, Danny Gare, Kris King, Mike Krushelnyski
The story of #18 :: Worn by the captain before The Captain.
Retired in 2007 :: Steve Yzerman
First Wearer :: Sid Abel, 1938 (how bout them apples?)
Other Notables :: Marty Pavelich (what’s with all these guys switching numbers?), Vic Stasiuk, Murray Costello, Pete Stemkowski, Randy Ladouceur
The story of #19 :: It’s only right that the banner has a “C” on it.
First Wearer :: Red Keating, 1938
Most Recent Wearer :: Aaron Downey, 2008
Other Notables :: Red Kelly, Johnny Bucyk, Len Lunde, Lowell MacDonald, Dean Prentice, Mickey Redmond, Vaclav Nedomansky, Martin Lapointe, Luc Robitaille, Robert Lang
The story of #20 :: BINGO BANGO! The first jersey to score 50-goals for the Red Wings.

By the Numbers :: 1 – 10

It’s the middle of July. It’s the weekend. Yup, I’m officially bored.

With hockey news and stories dwindling as free agency approaches Week #4 — and the weekends being notoriously slow in the hockey world anyway — I thought we’d do something fun and totally inconsequentially ’round these parts at the Production Line: take a look at some numbers.

But not statistics or contract details (ya know… numbers that kind of sort of matter), we’re going to look at jersey numbers.

With the help of a couple websites, I read through all the players that wore each sweater number in Detroit – whether it was with the Cougars, Falcons, or the Red Wings. Listed below are the first wearer, the current or most recent wearer (NHL regular/post-season games ONLY), and other notables throughout the years — the Hall-of-Famers, the nostalgic chioces, and the downright ridiculous.


Retired in 1994 :: Terry Sawchuk
First Wearer :: Harry “Hap” Holmes, 1926
Last Wearer :: Glen Hanlon, 1991
Others Notables :: Alec Connell, Cecil “Tiny” Thompson, Johnny Mowers, Harry Lumley, Glenn Hall, Roger Crozier, Jim Rutherford, Corrado Micalef.
The story of #1 :: Plenty of Hall-of-Famers and NHL executives in that list. Oh, and Glen Hanlon.

First Wearer :: Clem Loughlin, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Jiri Fischer, 2006
Other Notables :: Jack Stewart, Al Arbour, Jim Schoenfeld, Barry Melrose, Mike O’Connell, Brad McCrimmon, Ulf Samuelsson, Derian Hatcher.
The story of #2 :: While it’s not technically retired (in fact, it’s been used the last two prospect camps), no one has worn number 2 since Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench in November, 2005.

First Wearer :: Pete Bellefeuille, 1926
Current Wearer :: Andreas Lilja
Other Notables :: Bill Quackenbush, Marcel Pronovost, Steve Chiasson.
The story of #3 :: RIP Steve Chiasson.

First Wearer :: Archie Briden, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Kyle Quincey, 2008
Other Notables :: Harry Meeking, George Hay, Sid Abel (briefly), Red Kelly, Bill Gadsby, Bob Baun, Colin Campbell, Rick Zombo, Mark Howe, Uwe Krupp.
The story of #4 :: Red Kelly arguably began drawing the blueprint for the current Red Wings philosophy on the blueline.


First Wearer :: Frank Frederickson, 1926
Current Wearer :: Nicklas Lidstrom
Other Notables :: Ebbie Goodfellow, Leo Reise, Doug Harvey, Serge Lajeunesse, Marcel Dionne, Darren Veitch.
The story of #5 :: When Lidstrom retires, it will never be worn again.
Reserved in 1938 :: Larry Aurie
First Wearer :: Jack Walker, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Cummy Burton, 1959
The story of #6 :: There’s a lot of kurfuffle made about Aurie’s number 6 (which I refuse to get into here), but there’s little doubt as to his historic role in Detroit hockey – playing for all three incarnations of the team.
Retired in 1991 :: Ted Lindsay
First Wearer :: Russell Oatman, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Tom Bissett, 1991
Other Notables :: George Hay (again), Hec Kilrea, Ken Kilrea, Brian Kilrea, Carl Liscombe, Norm Ullman, Garry Unger, Red Berenson, Tony McKegney.
The story of #7 :: Woo baby, look at that list!
First Wearer :: Art Duncan, 1926
Current Wearer :: Justin Abdelkader
Other Notables :: Syd Howe, Guy Charron, Dennis Polonich, Claude Loiselle, Ted Nolan, Dave Silk, Mark Lamb, Jim Nill, Igor Larionov, Jiri Fischer (during “The Hatcher Years”), Matt Ellis.
The story of #8 :: Handful of coaches, and a professor, on that list.
Retired in 1972 :: Gordie Howe
First Wearer :: John Sheppard, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Gordie Howe, 1970
Other Notables :: Sid Abel (again, briefly), Roy Conacher
The story of #9 :: The first banner at the Joe says everything.
Retired in 1991 :: Alex Delvecchio
First Wearer :: Frank Foyston, 1926
Most Recent Wearer :: Jimmy Carson, 1991
Other Notables :: Frank Sheppard, Bobby Connors, Ebbie Goodfellow (briefly), Carson Cooper, Carl Liscombe, Metro Prystai, Dale McCourt, Ron DuGuay, Joe Murphy
The story of #10 :: Is Metro Prystai the coolest name you heard today? Yes. Yes, it is.