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Alex Delvecchio
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1977
1958 Topps Alex Delvecchio.jpg
Born December 4, 1931 (1931-12-04) (age 89)
Fort William, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1950–1974

Alexander Peter "Fats" Delvecchio (born December 4, 1931 in Fort William, Ontario) is a Canadian retired ice hockey player and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1950-51 Oshawa Generals OHA 54 49 72 121 36
1950–51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1951–52 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 6 3 6 9 4
1951–52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 15 22 37 22 8 0 3 3 4
1952–53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 16 43 59 28 6 2 4 6 2
1953–54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 11 18 29 34 12 2 7 9 7
1954–55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 17 31 48 37 11 7 8 15 2
1955–56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 25 26 51 24 10 7 3 10 2
1956–57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 16 25 41 8 5 3 2 5 2
1957–58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 21 38 59 22 4 0 1 1 0
1958–59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 19 35 54 6
1959–60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 19 28 47 8 6 2 6 8 0
1960–61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 27 35 62 26 11 4 5 9 0
1961–62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 26 43 69 18
1962–63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 20 44 64 8 11 3 6 9 2
1963–64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 23 30 53 11 14 3 8 11 0
1964–65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 25 42 67 16 7 2 3 5 4
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 31 38 69 16 12 0 11 11 4
1966–67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 17 38 55 10
1967–68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 22 48 70 14
1968–69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 25 58 83 8
1969–70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 21 47 68 24 4 0 2 2 0
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 21 34 55 6
1971–72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 20 45 65 22
1972–73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 18 53 71 13
1973–74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 1 4 5 2
NHL totals 1549 456 825 1281 383 121 35 69 104 29

Achievements

  • Holds NHL records for seasons played and games played in a career spent with only one team; second all-time in games played in a Red Wings uniform (Gordie Howe).
  • Won three Stanley Cups with Detroit, in 1952, 1954 and 1955.
  • Delvecchio did not learn to skate until he was twelve years old, a remarkably late age for an NHL player.
  • Named a Second Team All-Star in 1953 (at centre) and 1959 (at left wing).
  • Played in the All-Star Game 13 times (in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967), a total surpassed by only five players.
  • Served as team captain for twelve years, a mark surpassed only in Wings' history by Steve Yzerman.
  • Remains 8th all-time in NHL history in games played and 27th in points scored.
  • Second in Red Wings history in games played; third in points, goals and assists
  • In 1998, he was ranked number 82 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
  • On November 10, 1991 his jersey, number 10, was retired by the Detroit Red Wings.
  • On October 16, 2008, The Red Wings unveiled a commemorative statue commissioned by artist Omri R. Amrany.

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