1954-55 Red Wings: Metro Prystai

THE METRO PRYSTAI FILE:

Born: November 7, 1927; Died: October 8, 2013

Position: Center

NHL games played: 674 (431 with Red Wings)

1954-55 stats (Detroit): 12 GP; G: 2; A: 3; PIM: 9

CAREER: GP: 674; G: 151; A: 179; PIM: 231

Son of Ukrainian parents, Metro Prystai was Saskatchewan born and it’s not a criticism to call him a role player.

Prystai was a center man and his game was predicated around fine passing, taking face-offs and staying out of the penalty box. Prystai would pop in about 20 goals a year and he was one of the Red Wings’ most solid two-way players.

But after winning two Stanley Cups with Detroit (1952 and 1954), Prystai was traded on November 9, 1954 to the Chicago Black Hawks (where he started his NHL career) for Lorne Davis.

Prystai’s goal on April 15, 1952 won the Stanley Cup for Detroit.

So he only played 12 games for the ’54-55 Red Wings, meaning that he didn’t get his name engraved on the Cup for a third time. But Prystai returned a  year later and finished his NHL career with the Red Wings in 1958.

One of Prystai’s hallmarks was his durability. From 1949-57, Prystai was in the lineup for 546 of a possible 560 games.

Prystai was a three-time NHL All-Star and scored 29 goals for the Black Hawks in 1949-50, his career high.

Trivia: Metro Prystai was the last Red Wing to wear no. 10 before Alex Delvecchio, who started his illustrious career by wearing no. 15.

NEXT WEEK: Dutch Reibel.

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