Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
2015-16 Ticket Plans Available Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Red Wings Firsts: Riley Sheahan

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
Detroit Red Wings
X
Share with your Friends


Red Wings Firsts: Riley Sheahan

Riley Sheahan eventually scored nine goals for the Red Wings last season but his first one helped Detroit defeat the Los Angeles Kings last January. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – When Riley Sheahan scored his first career NHL goal in Detroit’s 3-1 victory in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, Red Wings fans everywhere cheered with enthusiasm.

But few celebrated as loudly as the center’s family.

“My mom (Peggy) was telling me stories about the people dancing around the house and things like that,” Sheahan said. “So it was cool to share that with them and they had a good time with it.”

Although netting the goal was an exciting moment for Sheahan, he didn’t have time to dwell on the accomplishment as the Red Wings and Kings still had two periods of hockey left to play. It wasn’t until after the game when Sheahan picked up his cell phone and read the countless messages of congratulations that the magnitude of his goal set in.

“It was definitely a little bit surreal,” Sheahan said. “But you’re kind of in the moment of the game and you just sort of think about how you can help the team win. It sort of started to build more towards when the game ended and I started checking my phone and saw all the text messages and people congratulating me so that was pretty special.”

Sheahan’s success at Staples Center didn’t end with his goal, as the 22-year-old also assisted on Tomas Tatar’s game-winner midway through the final period of the contest. But it was the puck he snuck by Kings goalie Jonathan Quick that Sheahan will carry with him for years to come.

“It’ll be nice to get it framed and maybe with a picture in there or something,” Sheahan said. “But it’s pretty special.”

The St. Catherines, Ontario, native was initially recalled from the Detroit’s minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids on Dec. 17 to replace Johan Franzen, who was sidelined by a head injury that caused him to miss 22 games.

Sheahan appeared in four games with the Wings from Dec. 17-28, during which time he earned his first point, a two-assist night on Dec. 21 in Detroit’s 5-4 victory over Toronto.

The center was assigned to Grand Rapids one week later after Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) and Justin Abdelkader (concussion) returned to the Wings’ lineup, but Sheahan didn’t remain in the AHL for long. The 22-year-old was recalled on Jan. 11 to replace Daniel Alfredsson, who missed six games with back spasms.

Sheahan didn’t waste any time getting comfortable with the Wings, earning his first NHL goal in his first game back. And that was just the beginning. The center went on to notch nine goals and 15 assists through 42 games, including the game-tying goal in Detroit’s 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on April 10, which gave the Wings the one magical point they needed to extend their playoff streak to 23 years.

The center became a key part of the club’s “Kid Line,” skating alongside Tatar and Tomas Jurco, and attributed much of his success in the NHL to the culture built in Grand Rapids. It didn’t hurt that he skated on a line with two of his former Griffins teammates, either.

“We got a really good system down there, great coaching, a great group of guys down there,” Sheahan said. “So when you go down there it’s a really easy environment to sort of get better. They push you a lot in the weight room, and on the ice during practice is pretty intense so it’s helped a lot for me and I know the other guys as well.”

And the young players took advantage of every opportunity they received to showcase their talents and earn permanent spots on Detroit’s roster.

“Anytime guys can help, guys appreciate it,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “You’re up here trying to take someone else’s job, that’s what it’s all about.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map