The Nyquist Origin Story
On Saturday evening the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will take place, and horse racing buffs and Detroit Red Wings fans will see an interesting name in gate 13, a horse named Nyquist.
Nyquist is the current favorite with odds, as of this writing, placed at 3-1 on him.
WDIV in Detroit has the story of how this horse got its name, and it is no coincidence the name comes from current Detroit Red Wing player Gustav Nyquist.
Nyquist's owner, Paul Reddam, is a Windsor native and big Detroit Red Wings fan. In fact on top of Nyquist he also has horses named Kronwall, Tatar, and Mrazek among others.
So why did he start naming his horses after Red Wings? You might think its fandom, but its a little deeper than that.
Paul Reddam tells why: "We are partners with the hockey player Erik Johnson, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche. And so just to bug Erik I thought, well, we'll name a couple of our horses after Red Wings."
Who says the old Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry is dead?
As for his namesake, Nyquist (the player) won't be able to see Nyquist (the horse) run on Saturday, he's currently in Russia playing for Team Sweden at the IIHF World Championships. He's still a fan though.