Detroit Red Wings A-Z:Best Player Names Volume II

Rob MilanovContributor INovember 21, 2009

3 Mar 2001:  Stu Grimson #32 of the Los Angeles Kings gets into a fight with Darren McCarty #25 of the Detroit Red Wings during the game at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Red Wings 6-3.Mandatory Credit: Kellie Landis  /Allsport
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It's time for installment number two of my list of my favorite player names of Red Wings past and present. I know you have all been waiting patiently for this, so without further ado...


F is for Tim Friday

Friday's NHL career wasn't much to look at. He played 23 games at the blue line for the Wings, before a shoulder injury sidelined him. He was assigned to the Adirondack Red Wings fro a rehab stint, where he further injured himself on the teams run to the Calder Cup, in which they they defeated the Hershey Bears in six games. His greatest accomplishment came in college, when he helped the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers win the NCAA title in 1985.

G is for Stu Grimson

Alright. I know that Grimson is mostly known for fighting with Red Wings, but he did play for the team for a couple of seasons. With a nickname like "The Grim Reaper," he's a natural for the list. And, besides that, he had a long lasting rivalry with my favorite goon of all time, Bob Probert.

H is for Flash Hollett

Flash. Need I say more? Hollett spent most of his pro career with Boston, although he also played for Toronto, Ottawa, and various minor league franchises before settling into Detroit in 1943.  He was the team captain from '44-'45, leading the team with his speed and superb stick-handling skills. His record for goals by a defenceman wasn't broken for over two decades.

I is for Miroslav Ihnacek

I've always thought that Miroslav was a neat name. A Slovakian native, he played for Team Czechoslovakia before heading to the States in the early '80s. He spent time with the Maple Leafs and several minor league teams before playing for both the Detroit and Adirondac Red Wings in '88-'89. After that season, he returned to Europe, where he has had success as both a player and coach.

J is for Buck Jones

The name sounds like a movie cowboy from the '20s. Oh, wait, Buck Jones was a movie cowboy during the '20s. But that's not the Alvin "Buck" Jones that I am referring to. This man played parts of four seasons for the Wings, a partial season for the Leafs before enlisting for military service in World War II. After the war, he played with teams in Seattle, Tacoma, and Hershey before retiring to Florida in 1955.

Well, that's Volume II. Stay tuned for more utter nonsense.