Cinco de Mayo: Red Wings Edition

Top three list of Detroit Red Wings – past or present –  I’d like to celebrate with.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!

Whether you’re smashing tacos with the Taco Bell at-home bar or sippin’ an ice-cold Corona while watching DJs Dillon Francis and Diplo mix it up on a livestream, Cinco de Mayo is a day to party – even if we have to do it safely from the confines of our own home.

With that said, looking back on the history of the Detroit Red Wings, I wanted to highlight three players  I’d love to party with. I’m trying to look at this franchise with a glass half-full approach because general manager Steve Yzerman is back in the fold and he – along with this organization – have a history of winning. So, that means celebrations are near. Who cracks my list? Take a look.

Darren McCarty

Did you really not expect this? He was part of the most successful eras in Red Wings – and arguably Detroit sports history – so of course he’s on the list. McCarty, who was one of the lucky players to win Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, is the type of guy you want to be around.

His party isn’t so much about dancing (although I see karaoke involved). It’d be more about him telling stories. He was part of each of the past four Stanley Cup-winning teams, having an

opportunity to play alongside guys like Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov, but also Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Michael Rasmussen

Wild card! Why would I want to celebrate with Rasmussen? Well, because his 21st birthday was on April 17 and that’s in and of itself a reason to party! As someone who’s up-and-coming in the organization and expected to fill a future third-line center role, I’d like to hangout with him and hear what his plans are to help anchor the back-half of the offense.

Bob Probert

As someone who didn’t get to truly appreciate Probert, I’d like to have an opportunity to just sit down with him and have a drink. The stories are incredible, and it sucks I didn’t experience his performance on the ice.