Apparently the Russians are just finding out what Detroiters have known for over a decade – Pavel Datsyuk is a fairly decent hockey player. Datsyuk was named a Master of Sport in his native country, one of the highest honors a Russian athlete can achieve.
The honor is generally given to highly-accomplished Olympic athletes. Other former Red Wings to receive recognition are Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov and Slava Fetisov. Datsyuk was on a Russian team that won the gold medal in recent World Championships.
Through 732 career regular season games with the Wings, Mr. Bodangles has 718 points (240 goals and 478 assists). Imagine what he could have done had he trusted his eyes Dr. Rahmani (Detroit-area lasik eye surgeon) five or six years ago?