Detroit Red Wings A-Z:Best Player Names Vol. 1

Rob MilanovContributor INovember 6, 2009

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31:   Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings checks Mark Giordano #5 the Calgary Flames on October 31st, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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I like lists.

I like sports.

One of the best features of any good internet news or discussion sites are lists. Top Tens, A-Zs, Best Evers, etc. I'm a sucker for them all. So, I said to myself, why don't I make one of my own?

So, I decided to compile a list of the coolest Red Wings player names of all time. Here it is. Let me know what you think.

   A is for Abdelkader,Justin: How many NHL players have the same name as a 19th century Algerian political and military leader?

Born and bred in the State of Michigan, Justin attended Mona Shores High School in Norton Shores, north of Muskegon, MI. Justin was selected 42nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL entry draft. He continued his hockey education at Michigan State University, played last season for the Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, before being called up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. His first two NHL goals were  scored in the Stanley Cup Finals.

   B is for Bruneteau,Mud: His name was Mud. Need I say more?

Mud was most famous for ending the longest hockey game in NHL playoff history. On March 24,1936, Bruneteau scored on the Montreal Maroons at 16:30 of the sixth overtime to end the game 1-0.

   C is for Crashley,Bart: I don't feel the need to explain why Bart Crashley is a great hockey name.

Crashley didn't have a very memorable career as a Wing, in fact coach Sid Abel didn't like the way he carried the puck past his own blue line as a defenceman. He spent the rest of his career bouncing between NHL, WHA, and various minor league clubs.

   D is for Drake,Dallas: His name sounds like a hockey cowboy.

A native of British Columbia, Dallas Drake was drafted by the Wings in 1989. He won an NCAA Championship with Northern Michigan in 1991. He played a couple of seasons wearing the winged wheel before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets in the middle of the 93-4 season. He also spent time in Phoenix and St. Louis before returning to the Wings to assist the team in winning the 2008 Stanley Cup before retiring.

   E is for Elik,Boris: Here's the point in this project when I started to doubt the basic concept of this list. No matter how hard I looked, I just couldn't find a good "E" name in any archive of Red Wings information. So, I gave up and went with this guy, because his first name is Boris.

Elik was born in Geraldtown, Ontario in 1929. He played several years of minor league hockey before the 1962-3 season. That season, he played fifty-eight games for the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL, seven games for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL, and the only three NHL games of his career for the Wings.

Well, there you have it, installment #1 of Red's Wings best names A-Z. Leave me a comment, I'd like to know what you think.

Did I mention that I also like polls attached to internet articles?