Like father like son? In Red Wings Past. . . And the future, this is often the case

When Detroit Red Wings legend Jordi Howe scored his first National Hockey League goal, it was the starting point for an unparalleled Hall of Fame career.

It also sets the tone for what’s certainly familiar in hockey and certainly with the Red Wings. All three players who scored this goal will be a father to sons who will also play for the Red Wings.

Howe’s son Mark followed him to Detroit and into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Syd Abell, who won the showdown that led to the goal, later coached his son Jerry at the Red Wings. Adam Brown, who directed the other assist on goal, saw his son Andy score a goal for the Red Wings in the 1970s.

Sons also rise for red wings

On Father’s Day, it seems instructive to note that hockey, more than any other sport, is inhabited by father and son relationships. Look at the 1950-51 Red Wings. Five players on this team – Howe, Abel, Lee Fogolin, Max McNab and Jimmy Peters – would be a father to NHL players. Two others – Leo Reese and Ted Lindsey – were the children of NHL players.

Lindsey Burt’s father was a goalkeeper for the 1917-18 Montreal Wanderers during her first ice hockey season. When Lindsey donned a suit with Detroit for his first National Hockey League appearance on October 29, 1944, he became the first of the original NHLer’s sons to skate in the league.

Red Wings father and son sets

Father (Detroit seasons) The Son (Detroit Seasons)
Mr. Abel (1938-1939 to 1942-43; 1945-46 to 1951-52) Jerry Abel (1966-1967)
Adam Brown (1941-42 to 1943-44; 1945-46 to 1946-47) Andy Brown (1971-1972 to 1972-1973)
Chris Chelios (1998-99 to 2008-09) Jake Chelios (2018-19)
Bill Dennin (1953-54 to 1957-58) Peter Dennin (1989-90)
Bear Dogs (1990-1991) Christian Djos (2020-21)
Jordi Howe (1946-47 to 1970-1971) Mark Howe (1992-93 to 1994-1995)
Jim Peters Sr. (1949-50 until 1950-51; 1953-54) Jim Peters Jr. (1964-1965)

It is an ongoing tradition. During the 2021-22 NHL season, there were three Red Wings players who were sons of former NHLers – forwards Sam Gagner (Dave), Vladislav Namestnikov (Evgeny) and Chase Pearson (Scott).

“Honestly, I wouldn’t be here today without him,” Chase Pearson said of his father, who was a first-round participant in the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988. Scott Pearson played 292 NHL games between 1988-2000.

“He spent countless hours with me on the snow before school. Four days a week when I was younger and then I worked out after school. All that extra time, he didn’t have to come to do it, but with him there he kind of knows what it takes to get there. to the next level.

“He went through it all and he guides me through it all and gives me advice on what to do in bootcamp, how to stand out, and how to make a good first impression. Growing up with a father like this has really helped me get to where I am now.”

Gagner goes last father

Last season, Sam Gagner surpassed his father Dave’s career with a total of 946 NHL games. Over the course of his NHL career, Gagner, 32, has seen a change in the relationship he had with his father.

“I think we’re talking a little differently to each other now,” Sam Gagner said. “I have three kids now so you have a somewhat different perspective. I understand that at times when you depend on your parents, it’s very difficult for parents to deal with as well. And I see that as a father now.”

“He has been very supportive. As you go through a career, you go through a lot of ups and downs. It is really important to have this support system. I am grateful for that.”

Could Drapers be the next Red Wings Father-Son Duo?

Chase Pearson is among four players currently in the Red Wings’ prospects group who are looking to follow their parents into shaping NHL careers. Defensesman’s father Albert Johansson Roger was also a back guard with the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks from 1989-95.

Forward Red Savage is the son of Brian Savage. His father played 674 games in the National Hockey League and was the top scorer five times with 20 goals. The son is already emulating his father by playing college hockey in Miami.

“My dad told me to be ready for anything,” Reed Savage said. “You kind of have to block out some of the distractions when you can and saturate them when you’re riding uphill.”

Perhaps the most interesting father-son combination is Kienan and Kris Draper. In the 2020 NHL Draft entry, the Red Wings used their final selection, #187 overall, for the Kienan Draper tab. His father was a center for the Red Wings for 20 seasons and a four-time Stanley Cup winner. He is also currently the Director of Amateur Exploration in Detroit.

In the end, Chris invited two entities to draft.

“He didn’t get my approval,” Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said of Draper’s choice of his son. He did not ask for my consent.

“I and Chris had a short chat about it. At first I said, ‘Are you sure you want to put your son in this situation?’ Then my answer to him at the end was that your duty is to do what you think is the right thing for the Detroit Red Wings and I trust In your judgment, I know he did.

“These scouts are really proud that some of these kids became pros (who) later in the draft. None of them would pick a name just because they were somebody’s son or somebody’s friend. Their jobs are on the line.”

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