Written by: Katherine

Date: April 13, 2021

Detroit Red Wings bench
Image: Detroit Red Wings Bench [wikimedia]

About This Quiz

This trivia is about the Detroit Redwings, an American professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, founded in 1926 for the National Hockey League (NHL) Eastern Conference. One of the Original Six teams in the NHL expansion from 1942 to 1967, the Red Wings are not only one of the oldest teams in the league, but they are also one of the most successful teams, winning 11 Stanley Cups.

During the 1930s the Red Wings coach was Jack Adams. In 1935-36, the team won their first Stanley Cup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, followed by another one in the following year.

The Red Wings won the Stanley Cups again in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955, with Gordie Howe and Terry Sawchuk, two of the greatest hockey players of all time. Between the 1966-1967 and 1982-1983 seasons of the NHL, the team had a fall with only two vague qualifiers, earning the team the nickname “Dead Wings”.

In 1983, Detroit drafted center Steve Yzerman. The Detroit Red Wings won their first division title in 23 years in 1987-88 with Yzerman and strikers Bob Probert and Petr Klima. The 1990s saw the advent of the “Five Russians”, composed by Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Igor Larionov, and Slava Fetisov. With Scotty Bowman as the coach, they managed to bring two Stanley Cups in a row in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 NHL seasons. In the 2001-02 season the team won another Stanley Cup, an incredible team like no other for sure!

Against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007-08, Lidstrom, goalkeeper Chris Osgood, and winger Henrik Zetterberg won the Stanley Cup. But in the following season, the same team had a rematch with the Penguins in the Stanley Cups finals, but they lost the game.

In 2016-17, the team’s sequence of 25 consecutive post-season appearances ended. After failing to make it to the playoffs in the subsequent two seasons, the team hired Yzerman as its general manager. He was previously the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and promised to bring the team to the top again. As a fan, you sure knew all of this history. So why don’t you test your knowledge with our amazing Red Wings quiz? Good luck!


When was the Red Wings franchise founded?

  • 1924
  • 1926
  • 1923
  • 1925

Which player held the lead in scoring with 53 points in the 2019-20 season?

  • Dylan Larkin
  • Tyler Bertuzzi
  • Anthony Mantha
  • Robby Fabbri

What team did Detroit face in the first game they ever played in the NHL?

  • Boston Bruins
  • New York Rangers
  • Montreal Maroons
  • Chicago Black Hawks

Before the 2020 draft, how many total players have the Red Wings drafted?

  • 407
  • 467
  • 505
  • 534

Which of the following players had 274 penalty minutes in 1976-77?

  • Dennis Polonich
  • Danny Grant
  • Dan Maloney
  • Terry Harper

What season did Detroit win their first Stanley Cup?

  • 1934-35
  • 1936-37
  • 1935-36
  • 1932-33

What year did the Red Wings introduce names to the backs of their jerseys?

  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1975
  • 1974

Steve Yzerman was drafted 4th overall in which year?

  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984

Chris Osgood had how many playoff wins with the Red Wings?

  • 67
  • 70
  • 55
  • 60

Which player has the record for the team with 6 points in one playoff game?

  • Johan Franzen
  • Dutch Reibel
  • Carl Liscombe
  • Vyacheslav Kozlov

In 2016, Pavel Datsyuk was traded to which team?

  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Los Angeles Kings

Chris Chelios accumulated how many minutes on the ice during his time with Detroit?

  • 12,800
  • 12,171
  • 11,539
  • 10,967

In the 2009-10 season, the Red Wings lost twice to which team when they played in Sweden?

  • Minnesota Wild
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Chicago Blackhawks

In his time with the Red Wings, how many wins did Terry Sawchuk have total?

  • 346
  • 352
  • 361
  • 338

Which animal do the Red Wings traditionally throw onto the ice at their games?

  • Trout
  • Squid
  • Lobster
  • Octopus

How many assists did Nicklas Lidström have in the 2005-06 season?

  • 57
  • 64
  • 44
  • 61

During his rookie season, how many points did Gordie Howe manage to score?

  • 22
  • 38
  • 9
  • 19

What team did the Red Wings play against, and beat, in 1936-37 to win their second Stanley Cup?

  • New York Americans
  • New York Rangers
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Chicago Black Hawks

Which Red Wing player had the nickname "Radar"?

  • Al Arbour
  • Andy Bathgate
  • Thommie Bergman
  • Leo Boivin

Which of the following players never held the position of captain for Detroit?

  • Dan Maloney
  • Errol Thompson
  • Börje Salming
  • Danny Grant

In the 2012-13 season, Detroit made how many trades?

  • 10
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2

When they faced the New York Rangers on Jan 1, 1944, how many goals did the Red Wings score?

  • 20
  • 13
  • 16
  • 15

Which player totalled 24 assists in the 1944-45 season?

  • Carl Liscombe
  • Don Grosso
  • Murray Armstrong
  • Syd Howe