There are compelling forces throughout sports that provide the necessary intangibles to succeed. The ability to have a positive impact on teammates, both on and off the playing surface, is an invaluable asset.
The Detroit Red Wings have had their share of influential personalities throughout their storied history—from Gordie Howe’s innate scoring ability to Steve Yzerman’s complete overhaul. Some players transcend the game to inspire others to either raise their intensity, fall in line or reevaluate their approaches altogether.
The Red Wings aren’t much different. Perhaps some of their efforts do fly under the radar. Not every player on this list is considered a leader, but their work certainly is not ignored.
Without further ado, here are the Detroit Red Wings’ five most influential players so far in 2013-14.