Monday, April 16, 2007

Detroit's Swedish Wings

The Globe and Mail's Al Maki has a nice piece on the Detroit Red Wings' group of seven Swedes for tomorrow's paper:
The Red Wings' Swedish contingent mingles easily with teammates. Sometimes, they dine as a united front; often they split up and hang around with others on the team. And if you're wondering, "Do guys like Holmstrom and Samuelsson really go visit Ikea stores for a taste of home?" the answer is ja, which is Swedish for ja.

"They go," Maltby said. "But only in certain cities."
One of the more interesting tidbits in the piece is the fact that the Red Wings have just five Canadian skaters on the team, and six players if you include backup Chris Osgood. I haven't investigated, but my guess is that's the lowest Canuck-quotient in the league, making Detroit probably the most diverse team in the NHL.

Here's a breakdown of nationalities on the Red Wings:

Swedish: 7
Canadian: 6
American: 3
Czech: 3
Russian: 2
Finnish: 1



At 11:16 p.m., April 16, 2007, Blogger JavaGeek said...

You might want to count the Canadians on New Jersey. I have only 5 Devils born in Canada. Although most appear to be Americans (not Europeans as in Detroit's case).

At 11:28 p.m., April 16, 2007, Blogger doran said...

I did see Tommy Salo once in IKEA in Edmonton... mind you, this was before 'Belarus' meant anything special to him and now he's probably banned from all IKEAs.

At 10:48 a.m., April 17, 2007, Blogger Meg said...

By diversity do you mean, "the largest number of Europeans," or do you mean, "the largest number of countries represented?"

At 10:55 a.m., April 17, 2007, Blogger Dave said...

I think the most diverse team breakdown belongs to the Rangers:

8 Canadians
6 Czech
4 Americans
2 Swedes
1 Slovak
1 Russian
1 Austrian

Of course Im a Ranger fan and Im not going to google the rst of the NHL :P

At 11:18 a.m., April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see how much the Sens' roster composition has changed (they used to be a Euro-team):

14 Canadians
3 Americans
2 Russians
1 Swede
1 Swiss
1 Slovak
1 German

At 12:04 p.m., April 17, 2007, Blogger Meg said...

"I think the most diverse team breakdown belongs to the Rangers"

If you do it strictly by nationalities represented I think the Sabres might take it:


But Detroit does have a larger number of Europeans.

At 9:32 p.m., April 17, 2007, Blogger young d said...

Least diverse has got to be Anaheim with
18 Canadians
2 Americans
1 Russian
1 Finn
1 Swede

That is from the roster as of the end of the season.

Every d-man is Canadian


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