Wings Captain Larkin continues strong season

DETROIT, MI – It’s hard to summarize the impact of captain Dylan Larkin on the Detroit Red Wings this season because there are so many things he has done well.

From his presence on the ice to his leadership in the dressing room, Larkin’s impact has been immeasurable, and his late defensive effort in Detroit’s 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers last Thursday is the latest symbol of who Larkin is as an athlete in what has been the best season of his career.

Red Wings GM Yzerman Praises Evolution of Captain Dylan Larkin

DETROIT, MI – Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin is enjoying an incredible bounce-back season, already having eclipsed his goal total of last season’s COVID-19 shortened campaign and currently on pace to light the lamp 41 times. And for his efforts, he’ll be participating in the 2022 NHL All-Star game.

And you can bet that Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman has taken notice.

Charities Rewarded Thanks to Enterprise Hat Trick Challenge via Larkin and Terry

When the hats start flying, more player-supported charities are rewarded, thanks to the @Enterprise #NHLHatTrickChallenge! This time around its @Dylanlarkin39 and @troyterry1997 who see their charities of choice receive $1K each from Enterprise.

Dylan Larkin chose Ted Lindsay’s Foundation Impacting Autism as his charity while Troy Terry chose Colorado Police Officers Foundation.

Jack Campbell, John Gibson, Dylan Larkin and Troy Terry Named to 2022 NHL All Star Game in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – The National Hockey League announced today the four divisional rosters for the 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend as well as the launch of the 2022 NHL All-Star Last Men In, which will give fans the ability to vote for the final player on each All-Star roster.

Thirty-six All-Star players were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department to join the division captains. Each team will ultimately consist of 11 total players- nine skaters and two goaltenders.

Jack Campbell, John Gibson and Dylan Larkin were three of the players named to 2022 NHL All Star Game in Las Vegas. All are represented by KO Sports, Inc.

Troy Terry of the Anaheim Ducks was voted to the All-Star game but his fans as a part of the  “2022 NHL All Star Last Man In”.

Larkin Named NHL 1st Star of the Week

NEW YORK, NY – Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlershave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 19.


Larkin led the NHL with five goals and seven points in three games (5-2—7) to propel the Red Wings (15-13-3, 33 points) to a 2-1-0 week and into the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit captain scored once in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders Dec. 14. He then registered 1-1—2, his seventh multi-point performance of the season, in a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Dec. 16. Larkin capped the week with 3-1—4, marking both his first career hat trick and four-point outing (460 GP), in a 5-2 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Dec. 18. The 25-year-old Waterford, Mich., native and 15th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft tops the Red Wings with 15-14—29 in 27 total contests this season. His 15 goals share 10th place in the League (with Sebastian Aho and Jake Guentzel).

Bellemare, Larkin and Turris Nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

NEW YORK, NY – The National Hockey League today announced the 31 team nominees for the 2020-21 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

The nominees were selected by their respective NHL teams. The winner will be chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The selection committee will apply the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner:

* Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
* Investment of time and resources
* Commitment to a particular cause or community
* Commitment to the League’s community initiatives
* Creativity of programming
* Use of influence; engagement of others

As Dylan Larkin’s Red Wings captaincy begins, what the ‘C’ will change for him

DETROIT, MI – The Red Wings have had just three captains over the last 34 years: Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg.

Now, after a two-year vacancy at the position, they have their next one. The Red Wings announced Dylan Larkin as the 37th captain in franchise history Wednesday, the day before they begin the 2021 season.
Yzerman said before last season’s training camp — his first as Detroit’s general manager — that he wanted to get to know the players before naming a captain, and that when the franchise did decide on one, “I intend that person to be the captain for a long time.”
Larkin fits that bill. After being picked 15th overall by the Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Draft, he has become one of their best players and most important leaders. Last season, he wore an “A” as one of four alternate captains for the team.
Yzerman certainly brought a wealth of experience to the decision, after leading Detroit for 19 seasons between 1986 and 2006. He was named captain at age 21, after the team’s disastrous 17-win 1985-86 season. Larkin, at age 24, is also taking the helm after a miserable season in which the Red Wings mustered just 17 wins.
The temptation to draw parallels between those circumstances is real, especially considering Yzerman’s influence on the decision. And it’s impossible to ignore Yzerman’s impact on the legacy of the Red Wings’ captaincy.
But as Larkin officially dons the “C” for the first time, who he is, and how he captains, are far more important. Because while the old saying is that you don’t need a letter to be a leader, the presence of that letter is obvious to everyone once it’s there. What does that change for a player?
“First of all there’s probably added responsibility, which sometimes can be hard for players, and I think that’s partly why I think it’s really important to be cautious and make sure that you’re making the right decision,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill told The Athletic recently. “But I also think you just gain a little bit bigger voice, meaning when that happens, when a person is named a captain, it’s like now instead of just talking, you’re talking with a megaphone. And what you say is more impactful.
“And so it’s really important that you’re saying the right things, but probably more important that you’re leading the right way. I would honestly say that’s where it changes, but the reality is … the most important thing is to be who you are, and to continue to lead the way you’ve led. Because that’s what’s put you in that position.”
That, above all else, is why Larkin was such an obvious choice. He won’t need to change.
“You know if there’s something that needs to be said he’s willing to say it,” Red Wings alternate captain Luke Glendening said recently. “And when you have a guy who practices what he preaches, it’s easy to listen to. It doesn’t get dry. It doesn’t run dry with guys because you see him putting in the work every single day to be the best player he can be.”
Glendening is talking, in part, about leading by example, a standard set by Red Wings captains through the years. The most recent names who have preceded Larkin in the role are Hall-of-Famers or, in Zetterberg’s case, at least have a chance to be.
Being in that tier of player is not a must for the captaincy, but at the same time, being a top player can go a long way when it comes to backing up what a captain is asking of teammates.
“You have to be able to do things if you’re going to talk about them in the locker room, or you’re going to talk about them in the heat of battle,” said Red Berenson, who coached Larkin at the University of Michigan and also served as Red Wings captain for the 1973-74 season.
“You’ve gotta go out and do them, and that’s a big part of it. A lot of great leaders never said much. Yzerman was known for being a quiet captain, but when the game was on the line, you knew that he was going to be able to make a difference in that game one way or the other, whether it was blocking a shot or winning a faceoff or scoring a big goal or creating a big goal or saving a goal. And I think those are the most important things, that you can do those things.”
Certainly, as arguably the Red Wings’ best player in recent years and a two-way centerman who plays some of Detroit’s most challenging matchups, Larkin has checked that box already.
He also, after five seasons with the Red Wings, has been around long enough to lead more directly, too. He has now lived through one of the toughest seasons in modern NHL history, which wasn’t easy on anyone, but does give him an invaluable perspective on the locker room, knowing what it needs and what it may respond to.
“He’s got a great temperature of the room in terms of, he knows when something needs to be said, when we need to call out something in terms of as a team, just not performing,” Glendening said. “But he also knows that there’s a time to lift guys up.”
These are words said about Larkin before he formally got the “C” — to Blashill’s point, the things that put Larkin in this position. More importantly, though, these are the things he’ll need to hang on to now that he’s here.
Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal echoed those sentiments late last season when asked what changed when he became captain, saying “everyone just kept telling me not to change, so I didn’t. It didn’t really change a whole lot for me. Personally I knew I was a leader in the room from the start, and I think most guys that are named captain already know that they’re a leader in the room.”

Together Detroit: Wings’ Larkin donates gloves to area hospitals

DETROIT, MI – During this time of staying home to help fight the spread of COVID-19, many people are looking for ways to help, especially ways to help those on the front lines – doctors, nurses and anyone working at hospitals or health care facilities.

The Red Wings are among those who are finding opportunities to give back.

Alternate captain Dylan Larkin has always been involved in the community, whether it’s through his work with the Special Olympics in his hometown of Waterford, Mich., through the annual Larkin Hockey School he runs with his brother and cousins, through speaking at the Detroit Free Press Sports Awards or through the many events the Red Wings community relations team puts on each season.

Red Wings request cellies, dekes, best moves for D-Boss Challenge

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Red Wings want you to unleash your inner D-Boss.

The team invited fans to participate in the D-Boss Challenge while quarantining by showing off their best hockey moves at home in a nod to forward Dylan Larkin‘s alter-ego.

Larkin became an internet superstar after a video of his “D-Boss” character shooting in his “dungeon” reached public conscience in 2016. Detroit distributed a D-Boss bobblehead in 2017, and Larkin himself leaned in by labeling his sticks with the nickname.