J. Cattarinich (in HOF as a builder, and first Habs goalie in history)
100% sure they are serbian:
100% sure they are slovenian:
W. Belak (R.I.P.)
100% SURE they are macedonian:
S. Stamkos (50%/50%)
One of the best (if not the best) owner in world: Michael "Mike" Ilitch Sr. (born Michael Ilievski) macedonian...
The Red Wings are turning up the pressure on Lidstrom to return next season, telling him – and anyone who'll listen – that the 41-year-old defenseman shouldn't retire with such a huge event looming, a chance to play the Toronto Maple Leafs before a world-record crowd of 115,000.
"I'm hoping this game will convince Nick, and with how our team is playing, to
come back for one more year," general manager Ken Holland said. "The possibilities are incredible."
The ever-optimistic coach Mike Babcock is convinced Lidstrom will return.
"He'll be back. He'll be back," Babcock said. "He's too good to quit and our team's too good. I was concerned this year was going to be his last if our team wasn't good enough. Our team is good enough and he's good enough.
"I think there's one more (year) for sure. He's never going to let his skill diminish and he's not interested in playing on a bad team. I know (Tomas) Holmstrom wants to play and he's working on him every day. They're like two kids together."
Lidstrom said he'll make his decision after the season.
"It (Winter Classic) is only one game, but it's an intriguing one," Lidstrom said. "We'll have to wait and see."
For what it's worth, he added, "I think it's going to be an unbelievable feeling to walk through that (Michigan Stadium) tunnel and play a hockey game."
Teammates are hopeful.
"I think this will be perfect." Niklas Kronwall said. "It really gives him another reason to continue for another year. I think it's pretty good timing."
Said Pavel Datsyuk: "He's going to play at least two more years."