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1996–97 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
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
General Manager Scotty Bowman
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)
Wins Chris Osgood (23)
Goals against average Kevin Hodson (1.63)
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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.

Another highlight was Sergei Fedorov's five-goal performance on Thursday, 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.

The word "hockeytown" was shown over the Detroit Red Wings logo at center ice starting this season and is still there as of 2009.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Season standings[edit | edit source]

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.


Game log[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
1 October 5 Detroit 1 – 3 New Jersey 0–1–0 0
2 October 9 Edmonton 0 – 2 Detroit 1–1–0 2
3 October 11 Calgary 2 – 1 Detroit 1–2–0 2
4 October 12 Detroit 6 – 1 Buffalo 2–2–0 4
5 October 15 Detroit 1 – 3 Dallas 2–3–0 4
6 October 17 Detroit 1 – 2 Chicago 2–4–0 4
7 October 19 NY Islanders 2 – 4 Detroit 3–4–0 6
8 October 21 Los Angeles 0 – 3 Detroit 4–4–0 8
9 October 23 Dallas 1 – 4 Detroit 5–4–0 10
10 October 25 Chicago 2 – 2 Detroit * 5–4–1 11
11 October 26 Detroit 2 – 1 Boston 6–4–1 13
12 October 30 Montreal 3 – 5 Detroit 7–4–1 15

November[edit | edit source]

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

December[edit | edit source]

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

January[edit | edit source]

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

February[edit | edit source]

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

March[edit | edit source]

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

April[edit | edit source]

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

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Conference Quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 stats[edit | edit source]

These stats are not for the 1996-97 but rather for the 97-98 season.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 75 24 45 69 46 3 6 2 0
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom D 80 17 42 59 18 22 7 1 1
Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan LW 75 28 29 57 154 6 15 1 9
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov LW 80 25 27 52 46 14 6 0 1
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 82 11 41 52 37 35 2 1 2
Larionov, IgorIgor Larionov C 69 8 39 47 40 14 3 0 2
Brown, DougDoug Brown RW 80 19 23 42 12 17 6 1 5
McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty RW 71 15 22 37 157 0 5 1 2
Lapointe, MartinMartin Lapointe RW 79 15 19 34 106 0 4 0 3
Gilchrist, BrentBrent Gilchrist LW 61 13 14 27 40 4 5 0 3
Maltby, KirkKirk Maltby RW 65 14 9 23 89 11 2 1 3
Draper, KrisKris Draper C 64 13 10 23 45 5 1 0 4
Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom LW 57 5 17 22 44 6 1 0 1
Eriksson, AndersAnders Eriksson D 66 7 14 21 32 21 1 0 2
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 21 6 11 17 25 10 2 0 2
Dandenault, MathieuMathieu Dandenault D 68 5 12 17 43 5 0 0 0
Fetisov, ViacheslavViacheslav Fetisov D 58 2 12 14 72 4 0 0 1
Knuble, MikeMike Knuble RW 53 7 6 13 16 2 0 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse D 71 1 11 12 57 -9 0 0 0
Kocur, JoeJoe Kocur RW 63 6 5 11 92 7 0 0 2
Ward, AaronAaron Ward D 52 5 5 10 47 -1 0 0 1
Mironov, DmitriDmitri Mironov D 11 2 5 7 4 0 1 0 0
Pushor, JamieJamie Pushor D 54 2 5 7 71 2 0 0 0
Golubovsky, YanYan Golubovsky D 12 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0
Hodson, KevinKevin Hodson G 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Laplante, DarrylDarryl Laplante C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Macoun, JamieJamie Macoun D 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Maracle, NormNorm Maracle G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood G 64 0 0 0 31 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 3807 64 33 20 11 140 2.21 6 1605 1465 .913
Hodson, KevinKevin Hodson 988 21 9 3 3 44 2.67 2 444 400 .901
Maracle, NormNorm Maracle 178 4 2 0 1 6 2.02 0 63 57 .905
Team: 4973 82 44 23 15 190 2.29 8 2112 1922 .910

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 22 6 18 24 22 3 1 0
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 22 10 10 20 12 2 1 1
Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom LW 22 7 12 19 16 2 0 0
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom D 22 6 13 19 8 2 0 2
Lapointe, MartinMartin Lapointe RW 21 9 6 15 20 2 1 1
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 22 3 12 15 2 1 2 1
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov LW 22 6 8 14 10 1 0 4
Larionov, IgorIgor Larionov C 22 3 10 13 12 0 0 0
McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty RW 22 3 8 11 34 0 0 1
Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan LW 20 5 4 9 22 3 0 2
Brown, DougDoug Brown RW 9 4 2 6 0 3 0 1
Eriksson, AndersAnders Eriksson D 18 0 5 5 16 0 0 0
Kocur, JoeJoe Kocur RW 18 4 0 4 30 0 0 0
Maltby, KirkKirk Maltby RW 22 3 1 4 30 0 1 0
Macoun, JamieJamie Macoun D 22 2 2 4 18 0 0 2
Draper, KrisKris Draper C 19 1 3 4 12 0 0 1
Gilchrist, BrentBrent Gilchrist LW 15 2 1 3 12 0 0 0
Fetisov, ViacheslavViacheslav Fetisov D 21 0 3 3 10 0 0 0
Mironov, DmitriDmitri Mironov D 7 0 3 3 14 0 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse D 22 0 3 3 16 0 0 0
Dandenault, MathieuMathieu Dandenault D 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Knuble, MikeMike Knuble RW 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood G 22 0 1 1 12 0 0 0
Hodson, KevinKevin Hodson G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 1361 22 16 6 48 2.12 2 588 540 .918
Hodson, KevinKevin Hodson 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
Team: 1362 22 16 6 48 2.11 2 588 540 .918

[1]

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 | edit source]

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings
Conn Smythe Trophy: Mike Vernon
Runner Up: Norris Trophy: Vladimir Konstantinov[2]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

Detroit's picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

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

Farm teams[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  3. 1996 NHL Entry Draft Results hockeydb.com
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