Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff posted a list of the 5 greatest one-season Red Wings this afternoon, and I’m a little sentimental, so I’m going to share Duff’s take on a particular defenseman with a hard-to-pronounce name:
Fredrik Olausson (2001-02): Of all the acquisitions made by Detroit to assemble the epic 2001-02 Stanley Cup championship roster, Oluasson’s addition seldom registers. After all, he wasn’t a Hall of Famer like Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull or Luc Robitaille.
He was however, the ideal partner to pair with Nicklas Listrom in Detroit’s top defensive tandem. The 14-season NHL veteran spent the 2000-01 campaign with SC Bern in Switzerland. Olausson signed a free-agent deal with Detroit in May of 2001.
His play that season earned Olausson, 34, a spot on the Swedish Olympic team. He scored two goals during Detroit’s 2002 playoff run. One of them was an overtime winner in Game 3 of the Western Conference final against the Colorado Avalanche.
Following the season, Olausson signed with the Anaheim Ducks.
Continued; Olausson eventually needed a liver transplant after his playing days are over, but he is happy and healthy in Sweden at 54 years of age.