Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL)[3] and are one of the Original Six teams of the league.[4] Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit Cougars from then until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Detroit Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings.[5]

As of 2019, the Red Wings have won the most Stanley Cup championships of any NHL franchise based in the United States (11)[6] and are third overall in total Stanley Cup championships, behind the Montreal Canadiens (24) and Toronto Maple Leafs (13). The Wings played their home games at Joe Louis Arena from 1979 until 2017, after playing for 52 years in Olympia Stadium. They moved into the new Little Caesars Arena beginning with the 2017–18 season. The Red Wings are one of the most popular and successful franchises in the NHL; fans and sports commentators refer to the Detroit area as "Hockeytown", which has been a registered trademark owned by the franchise since 1996.[7]

Between the 1931–32 and 1965–66 seasons, the Red Wings missed the playoffs only four times. Between the 1966–67 and 1982–83 seasons, the Red Wings made the playoffs only two times. However, thereafter, from 1983–84 to 2015–16, they made the playoffs 30 times in 32 seasons, including 25-straight from 1990–91 to 2015–16 (not counting the cancelled 2004–05 season), at the time the longest streak of postseason appearances in all of North American professional sports. Since 1983–84, the Red Wings have tallied six regular season first-place finishes and have won the Stanley Cup four times (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008).

Detroit Red Wings
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings season
Detroit Red Wings logo
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1926
HistoryDetroit Cougars
19261930
Detroit Falcons
19301932
Detroit Red Wings
1932–present
Home arenaLittle Caesars Arena
CityDetroit, Michigan
ECA-Uniform-DET
ColorsRed, white[1][2]
         
MediaFox Sports Detroit
Talk Radio WXYT (1270 AM)
The Ticket (97.1 FM)
Owner(s)Ilitch Holdings
General managerSteve Yzerman
Head coachJeff Blashill
CaptainVacant
Minor league affiliatesGrand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Stanley Cups11 (1935–36, 1936–37, 1942–43, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08)
Conference championships6 (1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2008–09)
Presidents' Trophy6 (1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08)
Division championships19 (1933–34, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11)
Official websitenhl.com/redwings

Franchise history

Early years (1926–1949)

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Team photo from Detroit's inaugural season (1926–27). The franchise was known as the Detroit Cougars from 1926 to 1930.

Following the 1926 Stanley Cup playoffs, during which the Western Hockey League (WHL) was widely reported to be on the verge of folding,[8] the NHL held a meeting on April 17 to consider applications for expansion franchises, at which it was reported that five different groups sought a team for Detroit.[9] During a subsequent meeting on May 15, the league approved a franchise to the Townsend-Seyburn group of Detroit and named Charles A. Hughes as governor.[10] Frank and Lester Patrick, the owners of the WHL, made a deal to sell the league's players to the NHL and cease league operations. The new Detroit franchise purchased the players of the WHL's Victoria Cougars, who had won the Stanley Cup in 1925 and had made the Finals the previous winter, to play for the team. The new Detroit franchise also adopted the Cougars' nickname in honor of the folded franchise.[11]

Since no arena in Detroit was ready at the time, the Cougars played their first season at the Border Cities Arena in Windsor, Ontario.[12] For the 1927–28 season, the Cougars moved into the new Detroit Olympia, which would be their home rink until December 15, 1979.[13] This was also the first season behind the bench for Jack Adams, who would be the face of the franchise for the next 36 years as either coach or general manager.[14]

The Cougars made the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 1929 with Carson Cooper leading the team in scoring.[12][15] The Cougars were outscored 7–2 in the two-game series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[16] In 1930, the Cougars were renamed the Falcons, but their woes continued, as they usually finished near the bottom of the standings, even though they made the playoffs again in 1932.[17][18][19][20]

In 1932, the NHL let grain merchant James E. Norris, who had made two previous unsuccessful bids to buy an NHL team, purchase the Falcons. Norris' first act was to choose a new name for the team—the Red Wings. Earlier in the century, Norris had been a member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, a sporting club with cycling roots. The MAAA's teams were known by their club emblem and these Winged Wheelers were the first winners of the Stanley Cup in 1893. Norris decided that a version of their logo was perfect for a team playing in the Motor City and on October 5, 1932, the club was renamed the Red Wings.[21] Norris also placed coach Jack Adams on a one-year probation for the 1932–33 NHL season.[22] Adams managed to pass his probationary period by leading the renamed franchise to its first-ever playoff series victory, over the Montreal Maroons.[23] The team then lost in the semi-finals to the New York Rangers.[24]

In 1934, the Red Wings made the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time, with John Sorrell scoring 21 goals over 47 games and Larry Aurie leading the team in scoring.[25] However, the Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Red Wings in the Finals, winning the best-of-five series in four games to claim their first title.[26] Two seasons later, the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 1936, defeating Toronto in four games.[26] Detroit repeated as Stanley Cup champions in 1937, winning over the Rangers in the full five games.[26] In 1938, the Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens became the first NHL teams to play in Europe, playing in Paris and London. The Wings played nine games against the Canadiens and went 3–5–1. They did not play in Europe again until the pre-season and start of the 2009–10 NHL season, in Sweden, against the St. Louis Blues.[27]

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Making his NHL debut in 1946, Gordie Howe played alongside Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay from 1947 to 1951, forming the Production Line.

The Red Wings made the Stanley Cup Finals in three consecutive years during the early 1940s.[28] In 1941, they were swept by the Boston Bruins, and in 1942, they lost a seven-game series to Toronto after winning the first three games.[28] However, in 1943, with Mud Bruneteau and Syd Howe scoring 23 and 20 goals, respectively, Detroit won their third Stanley Cup by sweeping the Bruins.[28][29] Through the rest of the decade, the team made the playoffs every year, and reached the Finals three more times.[30][31][32][33][34][35]

In 1946, one of the greatest players in hockey history came into the NHL with the Red Wings. Gordie Howe, a right winger from Floral, Saskatchewan, only scored seven goals and 15 assists in his first season and would not reach his prime for a few more years.[36] It was also the last season as head coach for Adams, who stepped down after the season to concentrate on his duties as general manager. He was succeeded by minor league coach Tommy Ivan.[37][38] By his second season, Howe was paired with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay to form what would become one of the great lines in NHL history: the "Production Line".[37] Lindsay's 33 goals propelled the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were swept by the Maple Leafs.[34] Detroit reached the Finals again the following season, only to be swept again by Toronto.[35]

Gordie Howe era (1950–1966)

During the 1950 Stanley Cup semi-finals, Leo Reise Jr. scored the winning goal in overtime, which prevented the Maple Leafs from winning four straight championships.[39] In the Finals, the Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers in seven games. In Game 7, Pete Babando scored the game winner in double overtime.[39] After the game, Lindsay skated around the Olympia ice with the Stanley Cup.[40]

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Team photo of the 1952 Detroit Red Wings. They won their fifth Stanley Cup that year.

After being upset by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1951 semi-finals, Detroit won its fifth Stanley Cup, in 1952, sweeping both the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens, with the Production Line of Howe, Abel and Lindsay joined by second-year goaltender Terry Sawchuk.[41][42][43] Detroit became the first team in 17 years to go undefeated in the playoffs.[42][44] They also scored 24 playoff goals, compared to Toronto and Montreal's combined total of 5.[45] Abel left the Red Wings for Chicago during the off-season, and his spot on the roster was replaced by Alex Delvecchio.[46][47] In December 1952, James E. Norris died.[48] He was succeeded as team president by his daughter, Marguerite, which made her the first woman to head an NHL franchise.[48][49]

Following another playoff upset in 1953 at the hands of the Bruins,[50] the Red Wings won back-to-back Stanley Cups, beating the rival powerhouse Montreal Canadiens. Both of the Stanley Cup Finals played between the two teams were decided in seven games. The seventh game during the 1954 Stanley Cup Finals was won with one of the oddest cup winning goals ever, when the 5'7" left winger Tony Leswick, known more for his relentless checking than scoring prowess, shot a puck towards the Montreal goal from the middle of the ice. Habs defenseman Doug Harvey tried to gain control of the wobbly puck with his glove, but instead redirected it past Montreal goalie Gerry McNeil.[51] The repeat of the series the season after was closely contested, as all of the games were won by the home team, with Detroit taking the seventh game. Montreal was sorely lacking its all-star Maurice Richard, who was suspended after hitting a linesman during the regular season, and the Red Wings' stars carried their team, as Lindsay scored four goals in a single game and Howe scored 20 points during the playoffs, 12 of which during the Finals, all new records in the league.[52]

The 1954–55 season ended a run of seven straight regular season titles, an NHL record.[53] During the 1955 offseason, Marguerite Norris lost an intra-family power struggle, and was forced to turn over the Red Wings to her younger brother Bruce.[54] Detroit and Montreal once again met, in the 1956 Stanley Cup Finals, but this time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, their first of five in a row.[55] In 1957, Lindsay, who had scored 30 goals and led the league in assists with 55, teamed up with Harvey to help start the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA).[56][57] As a result, he and goaltender Glenn Hall were promptly traded to Chicago.[58]

In 1959, the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 21 years.[59] However, within a couple of years, the franchise was able to rejuvenate itself. The Red Wings made the Finals in four of the next six years between 1961 and 1966.[60] However, they came away empty-handed.[60][61]

"Dead Wings" era (1967–1982)

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On December 27, 1979, the Detroit Red Wings played their first game at Joe Louis Arena, moving from the Olympia.

Only a year after making the Finals, the Red Wings finished a distant fifth, 24 points out of the playoffs.[62] It was the beginning of a slump that they would not emerge from in almost 20 years. This period is derisively known as the "Dead Wings" era.[63]

One factor in the Red Wings' decline was the end of the old development system.[64] Another factor was Ned Harkness, who was hired as coach in 1970 and was promoted to general manager midway through the season. A successful college hockey coach, Harkness tried to force his two-way style of play on a veteran Red Wings team resistant to change. They chafed under his rule in which he demanded short hair and no smoking, and put other rules in place regarding drinking and phone calls.[65] Harkness was forced to resign in 1974, ending the period colloquially referred to as "Darkness with Harkness".[66][67][68]

In the expansion season of 1967–68, the Red Wings acquired longtime star left-winger Frank Mahovlich from the defending Cup champions in Toronto. Mahovlich would go on a line with Howe and Delvecchio, and in 1968–69, he scored a career-high 49 goals and had two All-Star seasons in Detroit.[69][70][71] But this did not last. Mahovlich was traded to Montreal in 1971, and Howe retired after the 1970–71 season.[72][67] Throughout the decade, the Red Wings were hampered due to a number of factors.[73]

During the 1979–80 season, the Red Wings left the Olympia for Joe Louis Arena.[74] In 1982, after 50 years of family ownership, Bruce Norris sold the Red Wings to Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars.[75]

Steve Yzerman era (1983–2006)

In 1983, the Red Wings drafted Steve Yzerman, a center from the Peterborough Petes, with their first-round pick. He led the team in scoring in his rookie year.[76] That season, with John Ogrodnick, Ivan Boldirev, Ron Duguay, and Brad Park, Detroit made the playoffs for the first time in six years.[77] Park ended up winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.[78] Park was later asked to coach the Red Wings, only to be sacked after just 45 games in 1985–86.[79] They did end up in last place with a 17–57–6 record for only 40 points.[80] This was the same year that the Red Wings added enforcer Bob Probert, one of the most familiar faces of the team in the 1980s and 1990s.[81]

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Named team captain in 1986, Steve Yzerman captained the Red Wings until his retirement in 2006.

In the 1986–87 season, with Yzerman, now the captain following the departure of Danny Gare, joined by Petr Klima, Adam Oates, Gerard Gallant, defenseman Darren Veitch and new head coach Jacques Demers, the Red Wings won a playoff series for only the second time in the modern era.[82][83][84][85] They made it all the way to the conference finals against the powerful Edmonton Oilers, but lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in five games.[85][86] In 1988, they won their first division title in 23 years. They did so, however, in a relatively weak division, as no other team in the Norris finished above .500.[87] As was the case in the previous season, they made it to the conference finals only to lose again to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Oilers in five games.[88]

In 1989, Yzerman scored a career-best 65 goals, but Detroit was upset in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks.[89][90][91] The following season, Yzerman scored 62 goals, but the team missed the playoffs.[92][93]

After the season, Demers was fired and was replaced by Bryan Murray as the new head coach.[94][95] Murray was unable to get them back over .500, but they returned to the playoffs.[95][96] Yzerman was joined by Sergei Fedorov, who would be an award-winner and frequent all-star for the team in the 1990s.[97] In 1991, the team signed free agent Ray Sheppard, who would score a career-best 52 goals three years later.[98][99] In 1993, the Red Wings acquired top defenseman Paul Coffey.[100] Also joining the Red Wings around this time were draft picks Vladimir Konstantinov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Darren McCarty and Chris Osgood.[101][102][103][104][105]

The Russian Five and back-to-back Stanley Cups (1994–1998)

In 1993, former Montreal Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman was hired as the new head coach.[106] In his second season, the lockout-shortened 1994–95 NHL season, Bowman guided Detroit to its first Finals appearance in 29 years, only to be swept by the New Jersey Devils.[107][108][109]

During the 1995–96 season, they won an NHL record 62 games. After defeating the St. Louis Blues in seven games, the Red Wings would fall in the Western Conference finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.[110][111]

The following season, the Red Wings acquired Brendan Shanahan and Larry Murphy.[112][113] In the playoffs, they would defeat the St. Louis Blues, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Avalanche in the first three rounds. In the Finals, the Red Wings swept the Philadelphia Flyers. It was their first Stanley Cup since 1955, breaking the longest drought (42 years long) in the league at that time. Mike Vernon was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.[114]

Misfortune befell the Red Wings six days after their championship; defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov, one of the members of the "Russian Five", suffered a brain injury in a limousine accident, and his career came to an abrupt end.[101][115][116] As a result, the team dedicated the 1997–98 season to him.[116] The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in four games, this time over the Washington Capitals, and Konstantinov was brought onto the ice in his wheelchair so he could touch it.[116]

Superstar acquisitions and more success (1999–2006)

The following season, the Red Wings appeared to be poised to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup when they acquired three-time top blueliner Chris Chelios from his hometown Chicago Blackhawks in March 1999.[117][118] Also acquired at the trade deadline were defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, winger Wendel Clark, and goaltender Bill Ranford.[118] Despite high aspirations, however, Detroit would end up losing in the Western Conference semi-finals to Colorado in six games.[119] In 2000, the Red Wings would finish second in the Central Division. Just like the previous season, however, they would lose to the Avalanche in the Western Conference semi-finals.[120][121]

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The Red Wings were invited to the White House in November 2002, after winning the Stanley Cup.

In 2001, Detroit, the NHL's second-best team in the regular season, were upset in the playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings.[122][123] During the ensuing offseason, the team acquired goaltender Dominik Hasek (the defending Vezina Trophy winner) and forwards Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull.[124][125][126] Russian prospect Pavel Datsyuk also joined the team.[127] Strengthened by the additions, the Red Wings posted the league's best record in the 2001–02 regular season and defeated Colorado in seven games in the Western Conference finals after beating the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues in rounds one and two.[128] The Red Wings then went on to capture another Stanley Cup, in five games, over the Carolina Hurricanes, with Nicklas Lidstrom winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' MVP.[128] Bowman and Hasek both retired after the season.[129][130]

The off-season saw the Red Wings promote associate coach Dave Lewis to the head coach position after Bowman's retirement.[131] In the market for a new starting goaltender after Hasek's retirement, they signed Curtis Joseph from the Toronto Maple Leafs to a three-year, $24 million deal.[132] Also new to the lineup was highly-touted Swedish prospect Henrik Zetterberg.[133] The Red Wings finished the season second in the Western Conference, which pitted them in the 2003 playoffs against the seventh-seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.[134][135][136] The Mighty Ducks shocked the hockey world when they swept the Red Wings in four games en route to a Finals appearance.[136][137][138]

In the offseason, long time Red Wing Fedorov signed with the Mighty Ducks as a free agent.[139] Additionally, Hasek opted to come out of retirement and join the Red Wings for the 2003–04 season.[140] Joseph, despite being one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, spent part of the season in the minor leagues.[141] Hasek himself would be sidelined with a groin injury.[142] Notwithstanding, the Red Wings would finish atop of the Central Division and the NHL standings.[143][144] The Red Wings eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games in the first round of the 2004 playoffs, which led to a second round match-up with the Calgary Flames.[145] The teams split the first four games, and headed to Detroit for a pivotal Game 5, which the Red Wings lost 1–0.[146] They were then eliminated two nights later in Calgary by the same score in overtime.[147] The Red Wings did not play in the 2004–05 season due to the lockout, which cancelled the entire NHL season.[148]

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Red Wings during a game in the 2005–06 season. The Red Wings would go on to win that season's Presidents' Trophy.

On July 15, 2005, Mike Babcock, former head coach in Anaheim, became the new head coach for the Red Wings.[149] On November 21, 2005, defenseman Jiri Fischer went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators.[150] The game was cancelled because of his injury and was made up on January 23, 2006.[151] This was the first time in NHL history a game had been postponed due to an injury.[152] While the game was played for the full 60 minutes, the Predators were allowed to maintain their 1–0 lead from the original game and won 3–2.[151] The Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy with a 58–16–8 record, earning them 124 points and secured home ice advantage for the entire playoffs.[153][154] They opened the 2006 playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers with a 3–2 overtime victory at Joe Louis Arena, but the Oilers won four of the next five games to take the series.[155][156]

Continuing the shakeup of the Red Wings roster, the offseason saw the departure of Brendan Shanahan, the return of Dominik Hasek and the retirement of Steve Yzerman.[157][142][158] Yzerman retired with the additional distinction of having been the longest-serving team captain in NHL history.[159]

Nicklas Lidstrom and the "Euro-Twins" era (2006–2012)

The Red Wings opened the 2006–07 season with Nicklas Lidstrom as the new captain.[160] The team retired Yzerman's jersey number 19 on January 2, 2007.[161][162] The Red Wings finished first in the Western Conference and tied for first in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, but the Sabres were awarded the Presidents' Trophy because they had more wins.[163][164][165] Detroit advanced to the third round of the 2007 playoffs after defeating Calgary and the San Jose Sharks both in six games, coming back to win three-straight after the Sharks had a 2–1 series lead.[166][167][168] The Red Wings would then lose to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals in six games.[136][169]

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Niklas Kronwall handing over the Stanley Cup after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

To start the 2007–08 campaign, Zetterberg recorded at least a point in each of Detroit's first 17 games, setting a club record.[170] The Wings cruised to the playoffs, where they faced the Nashville Predators.[171] After goaltender Dominik Hasek played poorly in Games 3 and 4 of the series, both losses, head coach Mike Babcock replaced him with Chris Osgood.[172] Osgood never left the net for the remainder of the playoffs, as the Red Wings came back in that series on their way to winning their 11th Stanley Cup.[173][174] The final victory came in Game 6 on June 4, 2008, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–2. This was the Red Wings' fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.[174] Zetterberg scored the winning goal in the decisive game, and was also named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.[174] It was the first time a team captained by a non-North American player (Lidstrom) won the Stanley Cup.[175]

On July 2, 2008, the Red Wings announced the signing of Marian Hossa.[176] On January 1, 2009, the Red Wings played the Chicago Blackhawks in the second NHL Winter Classic at Chicago's Wrigley Field, defeating them 6–4.[177] Although they finished second in the conference to the San Jose Sharks, the Wings became the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons.[178][179] In the playoffs, the Red Wings swept the Columbus Blue Jackets, then defeated the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a hard-fought seven game series.[180][181] They took on the vastly improved Chicago Blackhawks in the conference finals, winning in five games.[182] The Red Wings would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Finals for a second consecutive year, but this series would feature a different outcome as the Penguins defeated the Red Wings in seven games.[183] The Red Wings became only the second NHL team to lose the Stanley Cup at home in Game 7.[184]

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Nicklas Lidstrom during the 2009–10 season. Named captain in 2006, he maintained the position until his retirement in 2012.

The Red Wings began the 2009–10 NHL season in Stockholm, losing both games to the St. Louis Blues 4–3 and 5–3, respectively.[185] They were plagued by injuries throughout the season and lost the second most man games to injury, with only the last place Edmonton Oilers losing more.[186][187] The beginning of the season was a struggle for the Red Wings, with key players out of the lineup, including Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall.[186] After the Olympic break, Detroit posted a record of 13–3–2 and earned 28 points, the most by any team in the NHL.[188] This run helped them secure the fifth playoff seed in the Western Conference.[189] Detroit won their first-round playoff series over the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games.[190] In the second round, they would be defeated by the San Jose Sharks in five games.[191]

A healthier Red Wings team finished the 2010–11 NHL season with a 47–25–10 record and 104 points to win the Central Division title.[192] They once again faced the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs, this time sweeping them 4–0.[193] The Red Wings then went go to face the Sharks in round two. After losing the first three games of the series, the Red Wings won three consecutive games to force a Game 7, becoming just the eighth team in NHL history to accomplish the feat.[194][195] The Red Wings lost Game 7 to the Sharks by a score of 3–2 and were eliminated.[196]

During the 2011 off-season, Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski retired.[197] Detroit soon signed free agent defenseman Ian White to take his place.[198] Long-time Red Wings Chris Osgood and Kris Draper also announced their retirement from hockey, with both soon taking positions within the club.[199][200] Detroit signed goaltender Ty Conklin for his second tour of duty with the team.[201] Tragedy struck the organization and the rest of the NHL upon the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, which killed former Red Wings assistant coach Brad McCrimmon and defenseman Ruslan Salei, who had joined the KHL team during the summer. Stefan Liv, a former Red Wings goaltending prospect, was also among the fatalities.[202][203] The Red Wings then added a patch to the left arm of their uniforms with the trio's initials.[204]

During the season, the Red Wings won an NHL-record 23 consecutive home games.[205][206] The Red Wings also made the NHL playoffs, extending their streak of 21-straight playoff appearances, as the fifth seed.[207][208] They were defeated in five games by their opening round opponent, the Nashville Predators.[209] On May 31, 2012, Nicklas Lidstrom retired.[210]

The final seasons at Joe Louis Arena (2012–2017)

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Ken Holland and Mike Babcock named Henrik Zetterberg as the team captain in 2013.

Zetterberg was named successor to Lidstrom as team captain.[211] On July 1, 2012, the first day of the NHL free agency period, the Red Wings signed Swiss forward Damien Brunner to a one-year, entry-level contract; forward Jordin Tootoo to a three-year, $5.7 million contract; and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year, $3 million deal.[212][213][214]

The team won their final four games of the 2012–13 season to earn the seventh seed of the playoffs. The Red Wings' 3–0 victory over the Dallas Stars on April 27, 2013 preserved their streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances. As the seventh seed in the 2013 playoffs, the Red Wings faced the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks.[215] They survived a fierce battle that included four overtime games, winning the series 4–3 after a 3–2 Game 7 victory in Anaheim.[216] The next round pitted the Red Wings against the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks. Despite jumping out to a 3–1 series lead, the Red Wings would ultimately lose to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in seven games.[217][218]

On July 5, 2013, the Red Wings signed long time Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract and long time Florida Panther Stephen Weiss to a five-year contract.[219][220] In the 2013–14 season, the Red Wings moved to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL's realignment.[221] Prior to the team's move to the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings was the last Western Conference franchise located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. On April 9, 2014, the Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.[222] They would be eliminated in the first round by the Boston Bruins.[223]

On April 9, 2015, the Red Wings clinched their 24th consecutive playoff appearance, thus extending their streak.[224] The team was eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Petr Mrazek had earned the starting goaltender role from Jimmy Howard, and Kronwall was suspended for Game 7 as Tampa Bay erased a 3–2 deficit to win the series.[225][226] Mike Babcock, concluding the final year of his contract, left the Red Wings to become the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[227] Jeff Blashill, head coach of the Red Wings' top minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, was named his successor on June 9.[228]

On April 9, 2016, despite the Red Wings losing 3–2 to the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 6–1 as the Red Wings narrowly made the playoffs and extended their streak to a 25th season.[229] They would lose in the first round to the Lightning in five games.[230]

On February 10, 2017, club owner Mike Ilitch died.[231] The Red Wings' playoff appearance streak ended after 25 seasons in the 2016–17 season.[232] The Red Wings won their last game at Joe Louis Arena 4–1 on April 9, 2017, against the New Jersey Devils.[233]

A new arena and era in Hockeytown (2017–present)

The Red Wings played their first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena on October 5, 2017, winning 4–2 over the Minnesota Wild.[234] The Red Wings finished the 2017–18 season with a 30–39–13 record. They missed the playoffs for the second season in a row, marking the first time since the early 1980s the team missed the playoffs in consecutive years.[235][236] The Red Wings finished the 2018–19 season with a 32–40–10 record, missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season.[237]

On April 19, 2019, the Red Wings announced that Steve Yzerman would rejoin the team as general manager and executive vice president.[238]

Team information

Logo and uniforms

Detroit Red Wings Original Logo
The alternate logo used by the Red Wings from 1932 to 1934.

The Red Wings' jerseys (traditionally known in hockey as "sweaters") have been more or less the same since the 1930s – a white or red base with red or white piping. The only significant changes have been the replacement of the word Detroit with the "winged wheel" logo in 1932, and vertical arch lettering for the players' names and block letters in 1983.[239] The Red Wings only wear the vertical arched letters in the regular season and playoffs, while using straight serifed nameplates during the preseason.[240][241]

The Hockey News voted the Red Wings' "winged wheel" logo the second best in the league in 2008.[242] The Red Wings, like all NHL teams, updated their jerseys to the new Rbk Edge standard for the 2007–08 NHL season.[243] The Red Wings kept their design as close to original as possible, the exceptions being: On the road (white) jersey, there was more red on the sleeves as the color panel began closer to the shoulder, and the letters of the captain and alternate captains were moved to the right shoulder.[244][245]

When Adidas became the uniform outfitter starting with the 2017–18 season, the Red Wings kept the same basic look.[246][247]

The Red Wings have rarely used any alternate logos or uniforms since the trend became popular in the 1990s, the sole exceptions were select games of the 1991–92 season commemorating the league's 75th anniversary, and for a commemorative game on January 27, 1994 at Chicago Stadium.[248][249] Those jerseys were based on the uniforms worn by the team (then the Detroit Cougars) in 1927–28.[250] The throwbacks are primarily white with five red horizontal stripes on the body, the broadest middle stripe bearing "Detroit" in bold letters, and three red stripes on the sleeves.[248][249] This jersey served as the basis for the uniforms worn by Wayne Gretzky's team of NHLPA All-Stars, nicknamed the "99ers", for their exhibition tour in Europe during the 1994–95 NHL lockout.[251]

The Red Wings wore alternative "retro" jerseys for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic in Chicago. The jerseys were based on the uniforms worn by the Detroit Cougars during their inaugural season of 1926–27.[252] These jerseys were white, with a single bold red stripe on the sleeves and chest, and a uniquely styled white Old English D centered on the chest stripe.[253] These jerseys were also worn for their final 2009 regular season home game, again against the Chicago Blackhawks.[254] The Red Wings again used an alternate jersey mimicking throwback jerseys for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.[255]

The Red Wings wore a specially designed one-time only jersey for their Stadium Series game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche on February 27, 2016. The majority of this jersey was the traditional red, decorated with a thick diagonal white stripe running from the player's right shoulder across the front towards the left hip. The bottom of each sleeve featured a thick white stripe from wrist to elbow. The crest on the front of the jersey was a stylized red D. The words "Red Wings" were printed in all capital letters on the left side of the collar, and the phrase "EST. 1926" was printed inside the back of the collar. These jerseys featured the current Red Wings logo on the left shoulder cap. The names and numbers were printed larger than traditional NHL jerseys to increase visibility and player identification for fans watching the game at Coors Field, a stadium traditionally used for Major League Baseball.[256][257][258]

The Red Wings unveiled a uniform patch on September 27, 2016 to honor Gordie Howe, who passed away on June 10, 2016. The patch was a depiction of Howe's jersey number 9, and was worn by the team above the logo on the front of the jersey on the left side of the chest for all 82 regular season games during the 2016–17 season.[259]

The Red Wings wore a specially designed one-time only jersey for the Centennial Classic in Toronto against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 1, 2017. It was a white jersey that had four stripes on the arms. Three of the stripes were red, while the fourth was silver. On the silver stripes were the years the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. The logo and numbers were outlined in silver.[260]

The Red Wings' logo received significant media attention in August 2017 when it was discovered that a white supremacist group used a modified version of it, in which the wheel's spokes consisted of the occult SS symbol Black Sun; it was the aegis of their shields during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a result, the Red Wings condemned the group for the usage of the logo and threatened legal action.[261][262]

Fan traditions

Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks - November 10, 2016 (31013559085)
During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena was adorned with a giant octopus, nicknamed Al. This stems from a fan tradition.

The "Legend of the Octopus" is a sports tradition during Detroit Red Wings playoff games, in which an octopus is thrown onto the ice surface for good luck.[263] During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena was generally adorned with a giant octopus with red eyes, nicknamed "Al" after head ice manager Al Sobotka.[264]

The 1952 playoffs featured the start of the octopus throw. The owner of a local fish market, Peter Cusimano, threw one from the stands onto the ice. The eight legs are symbolic of the eight wins it took to win the Stanley Cup at the time. The Red Wings went on to sweep both of their opponents that year en route to a Stanley Cup championship. The NHL has, at various times, tried to eliminate this tradition but it continues to this day.[265][266]

Sobotka is the man responsible for removing the thrown creatures from the ice. He is known for swinging the tossed octopuses above his head when walking off the ice. On April 19, 2008, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell sent a memo to the Red Wings organization that forbade Zamboni drivers from cleaning up any octopuses thrown onto the ice; he said that violating the mandate would result in a $10,000 fine.[267] Instead, it was to be the linesmen who performed this duty.[267] In an email to the Detroit Free Press, NHL spokesman Frank Brown justified the ban because matter flies off the octopus and gets on the ice when Sobotka does it.[267] This ban was later loosened to allow for the octopus twirling to take place at the Zamboni entrance.[268]

Typically during the last minute or two of games that the Red Wings are winning, especially around the end of the season and during the playoffs, fans are known to start singing along to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." The song is played over the PA system and continues until it is muted while the crowd sings the words "Born and raised in South Detroit", then the song resumes over the speakers in the arena.[269][270][271]

Broadcasters

The Red Wings' flagship radio stations are Detroit sister stations WXYT-AM 1270 and WXYT-FM 97.1. Games are carried on both stations unless there is a conflict with Detroit Tigers baseball. There are several affiliate stations throughout Michigan and Southwestern Ontario.[272]

The Red Wings' exclusive local television rights are held by Fox Sports Detroit.[273]

Announcers:

  • Ken Daniels: Television play by play announcer.
  • Mickey Redmond: Television color commentator (home games and select away games).
  • Chris Osgood: Television color commentator (select away games that Redmond does not attend) and studio analyst (when not color commentator during play).
  • Larry Murphy: Studio analyst and television color commentator (select away games that Redmond and Osgood do not attend).
  • John Keating: Television pre-game and post-game show host.
  • Ken Kal: Radio play by play announcer.
  • Paul Woods: Radio analyst.
  • Trevor Thompson, Mickey York: TV pre-game and post-game show hosts and reporters.
  • Jeff Riger: Primary radio intermission and post-game host.

Honored broadcasters

Four members of the Red Wings organization have received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award:

Lynch called the first locally televised game at Olympia for the original WWJ-TV in 1949.[274] He remained with the organization for 63 years, serving as director of publicity from 1975 to 1982, and was the public address announcer from 1982 until his death in 2012.[274] From 2008 to 2012, a second PA announcer was added to work alongside him, first John Fossen, then Erich Freiny.[278][279] Freiny took over as the sole PA announcer following Lynch's death.[279]

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Detroit Red Wings. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Detroit Red Wings seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, ROW = Regulation + OT wins, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2014–15 82 43 25 14 100 235 221 3rd, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Lightning)
2015–16 82 41 30 11 93 211 224 3rd, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Lightning)
2016–17 82 33 36 13 79 207 244 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2017–18 82 30 39 13 73 217 255 5th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2018–19 82 32 40 10 74 227 277 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify

Players

Current roster

Updated April 6, 2019.[280][281]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
8 United States Justin Abdelkader (A) LW L 32 2005 Muskegon, Michigan
72 Canada Andreas Athanasiou C L 24 2012 London, Ontario
45 Canada Jonathan Bernier G L 30 2018 Laval, Quebec
59 Canada Tyler Bertuzzi LW L 24 2013 Sudbury, Ontario
74 Canada Madison Bowey D R 23 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba
83 Canada Trevor Daley D L 35 2017 Toronto, Ontario
61 Sweden Jacob de la Rose LW L 23 2018 Arvika, Sweden
65 United States Danny DeKeyser D L 28 2013 Clay Township, Michigan
52 Sweden Jonathan Ericsson D L 35 2002 Karlskrona, Sweden
36 Canada Kaden Fulcher G L 20 2017 Brigden, Ontario
41 United States Luke Glendening C R 29 2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan
25 Canada Mike Green Injured Reserve D R 33 2015 Calgary, Alberta
43 Canada Darren Helm C L 32 2005 St. Andrews, Manitoba
53 Canada Taro Hirose LW L 22 2019 Calgary, Alberta
35 United States Jimmy Howard G L 35 2003 Ogdensburg, New York
55 Sweden Niklas Kronwall (A) D L 38 2000 Stockholm, Sweden
56 Canada Ryan Kuffner LW L 22 2019 Ottawa, Ontario
71 United States Dylan Larkin (A) C L 22 2014 Waterford, Michigan
39 Canada Anthony Mantha RW L 24 2013 Longueuil, Quebec
51 Denmark Frans Nielsen (A) C L 34 2016 Herning, Denmark
27 Canada Michael Rasmussen C L 20 2017 Vancouver, British Columbia
77 Russia Evgeny Svechnikov Injured Reserve F L 22 2015 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
26 Austria Thomas Vanek LW R 35 2018 Baden bei Wien, Austria
28 United States Luke Witkowski RW/D R 29 2017 Holland, Michigan

Hall of Fame members

The Detroit Red Wings acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Red Wings inductees include 63 former players and 11 builders of the sport.[282] The 11 individuals recognized as builders by the Hall of Fame includes former Red Wings executives, general managers, head coaches, and owners. In addition to players and builders, several broadcasters were also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. Budd Lynch, a radio play-by-play announcer, was the first Red Wings broadcaster to be awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. Lynch also served as Detroit's public address announcer from 1985 until his death in 2012. In addition to Lynch, Bruce Martyn, Mickey Redmond, and Dave Strader have also won the award.[282][275]

Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famers
Affiliation with inductees based on team acknowledgement
Hall of Fame players[282]
Sid Abel
Chris Chelios
Alex Delvecchio
Frank Fredrickson
Dominik Hasek
Brett Hull
Nicklas Lidstrom
Reg Noble
Luc Robitaille
Jack Stewart
Harry Watson
Al Arbour
Dino Ciccarelli
Marcel Dionne
Bill Gadsby
George Hay
Duke Keats
Ted Lindsay
Adam Oates
Borje Salming
Tiny Thompson
Cooney Weiland
Marty Barry
Paul Coffey
Bernie Federko
Eddie Giacomin
Hap Holmes
Red Kelly
Harry Lumley
Brad Park
Terry Sawchuk
Norm Ullman
Steve Yzerman
Andy Bathgate
Charlie Conacher
Sergei Fedorov
Ebbie Goodfellow
Gordie Howe
Brian Kilrea
Frank Mahovlich
Bud Poile
Earl Siebert
Rogie Vachon
Leo Boivin
Roy Conacher
Viacheslav Fetisov
Glenn Hall
Mark Howe
Igor Larionov
Mike Modano
Marcel Pronovost
Brendan Shanahan
Carl Voss
John Bucyk
Alec Connell
Frank Foyston
Doug Harvey
Syd Howe
Herbie Lewis
Larry Murphy
Bill Quackenbush
Darryl Sittler
Jack Walker
Hall of Fame builders[282]
Jack Adams
Tommy Ivan
Keith Allen[a]
Bruce Norris
Scotty Bowman
James D. Norris
Murray Costello[a]
James E. Norris
Jim Devellano
John Ziegler
Mike Ilitch

Retired numbers

Detroit Red Wings retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Number retirement
1 Terry Sawchuk G 1949–1955
1957–1964
1968–1969
March 6, 1994[283]
4 Red Kelly D 1947–1960 February 1, 2019[284]
5 Nicklas Lidstrom D 1991–2012 March 6, 2014[285]
7 Ted Lindsay LW 1944–1957
1964–1965
November 10, 1991[286]
9 Gordie Howe RW 1946–1971 March 12, 1972[287]
10 Alex Delvecchio C 1950–1974 November 10, 1991[288]
12 Sid Abel C 1938–1943
1945–1952
April 29, 1995[289]
19 Steve Yzerman C 1983–2006 January 2, 2007[162]

The Red Wings have retired eight numbers. The first number the Red Wings retired was No. 9 in 1972 in honor of Gordie Howe, who played right wing for the team from 1946 to 1971.[287] Howe won both the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy six times each and won the Stanley Cup as a Red Wing four times.[290] In 2007, the Red Wings retired Steve Yzerman's No. 19.[162] During Yzerman's career, he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Frank J. Selke Trophy, the Lester Patrick Trophy, and the Ted Lindsay Award.[291] Yzerman served as Detroit's captain for 19 seasons, an NHL record, and won the Stanley Cup three times as a player with the Red Wings.[162][291] The most recent retired number is Red Kelly's No. 4, which was retired on February 1, 2019.[284] During Kelly's 13-year career with the Red Wings, he won four Stanley Cups, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy three times, and the James Norris Memorial Trophy once.[292]

Retired numbers at Joe Louis Arena
The banners of retired numbers hanging at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings have also made the number 6 of Larry Aurie and the number 16 of Vladimir Konstantinov no longer available for issue. However, the numbers are not considered to be officially retired.[293] Although Aurie's number was retired in 1938 by James E. Norris, current team owners do not consider the number to be retired.[294] Konstantinov's number has not been issued to any player since he was permanently disabled in a vehicle accident after the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.[295] Number 99 is also unavailable as it was retired by the league in honor of Wayne Gretzky.[296]

Team captains

All the players who have served as team captain with the Detroit franchise.[297]

First-round draft picks

Franchise leaders

All-time leading scorers

These players rank in the top ten in franchise history in scoring as of the end of the 2017–18 season. Figures are updated after each completed NHL season.[298]

  •  *  – current Red Wings player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Regular season
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Gordie Howe RW 1687 786 1,023 1,809 1.07
Steve Yzerman C 1514 692 1,063 1,755 1.16
Alex Delvecchio C 1549 456 825 1,281 0.83
Nicklas Lidstrom D 1564 264 878 1,142 0.73
Henrik Zetterberg C 1,082 337 623 960 0.89
Sergei Fedorov C 908 400 554 954 1.05
Pavel Datsyuk C 953 314 604 918 0.96
Norm Ullman C 875 324 434 758 0.87
Ted Lindsay LW 862 335 393 728 0.84
Brendan Shanahan LW 716 309 324 633 0.88
Postseason
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Steve Yzerman C 196 70 115 185 0.94
Nicklas Lidstrom D 263 54 129 183 0.70
Sergei Fedorov C 162 50 113 163 1.01
Gordie Howe RW 154 67 91 158 1.03
Henrik Zetterberg C 137 57 63 120 0.88
Pavel Datsyuk C 157 42 71 113 0.72
Alex Delvecchio C 121 35 69 104 0.86
Tomas Holmstrom LW 180 46 51 97 0.54
Ted Lindsay LW 123 44 44 88 0.72
Johan Franzen RW 107 42 39 81 0.76

All-time leading goaltenders

These players rank in the top ten in franchise history for wins as of the end of the 2017−18 season. Figures are updated after each completed NHL season. There is a four-way tie for ninth place in postseason wins, resulting in twelve players listed in that table.[299]

  •  *  – current Red Wings player

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OT = Overtime losses; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; * = current Red Wings player

Regular season
Player GP W L T OT SO GAA
Terry Sawchuk 734 351 243 132 &
85 2.44
Chris Osgood 565 317 149 46 36 39 2.49
Jimmy Howard* 461 221 151 &
63 24 2.49
Harry Lumley 324 163 105 56 &
26 2.75
Roger Crozier 313 131 121 41 &
20 2.93
Tim Cheveldae 264 128 93 30 7 9 3.40
Greg Stefan 299 115 127 30 1 5 3.92
Dominik Hasek 176 114 39 10 12 20 2.13
Manny Legace 180 112 34 16 6 13 2.18
Jim Rutherford 314 97 165 43 &
10 3.69
Postseason
Player GP W L SO GAA
Chris Osgood 110 67 37 14 2.02
Terry Sawchuk 85 46 37 11 2.41
Mike Vernon 42 30 12 2 2.08
Dominik Hasek 45 28 17 8 1.91
Harry Lumley 54 24 30 6 2.30
Jimmy Howard* 47 21 26 3 2.58
Johnny Mowers 32 19 13 2 2.55
Greg Stefan 30 12 17 1 3.54
Normie Smith 12 9 2 3 1.32
Glen Hanlon 18 9 6 3 2.58
Roger Crozier 23 9 12 1 2.74
Tim Cheveldae 25 9 15 2 3.00

Franchise individual records

Dominik Hasek face
Recording six shutouts during the 2002 playoffs, Dominik Hasek set the franchise record for the most shutouts in a single postseason.

See also

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Inductee only played for the Red Wings, and was not a team executive or members of the coaching staff. Despite their induction in the builders category, the team continues to acknowledge an affiliation with the Hall of Famer.

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1936–37 NHL season

The 1936–37 NHL season was the 20th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Eight teams each played 48 games. The Detroit Red Wings were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the New York Rangers three games to two in the final series.

1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour

The 1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour was a nine-game exhibition series played by the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) in England and France in April and May 1938, after the conclusion of the 1937–38 NHL season. It was the first time in the history of the NHL that its teams played games in Europe. The game played on 21 April 1938 was the first one organized by any major North American professional sports league, to take place outside North America. The Canadiens won the series with a record of 5–3–1.

1954 Detroit Red Wings prison game

The 1954 Detroit Red Wings prison game was an exhibition ice hockey game played on February 2, 1954. The exhibition was played outdoors at the Marquette Branch Prison between the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a team put together by the inmates of the prison. It was the first ever outdoor game played by the Detroit Red Wings. After the first period the Red Wings were winning 18–0, and the scores for the remainder of the match were not kept.The original planning for the game began in June of 1953 when the General Manager for the Red Wings, Jack Adams, visited the prison while doing a promotional tour for Stroh’s beer. There, the warden asked Adams if the Red Wings would come play the prison. Adams agreed, but only because he never expected the game to ever actually happen. Some say that Adams also agreed as a favor to two inmates he knew, Harry Keywell and Ray Bernstein, who were both members of the notorious Purple Gang.

1955 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1955 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Montreal Canadiens, appearing in their fifth of ten straight Finals and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, in the third Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s and the second consecutively. The Wings won the series 4–3 to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup, fourth in six seasons, and seventh overall. Detroit, however, would not win the Cup again until 1997.

Alex Delvecchio

Alexander Peter "Fats" Delvecchio (born December 4, 1931) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, coach, and general manager who spent his entire National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings. In a playing career that lasted 24 seasons, Delvecchio played in 1,549 games, recording 1,281 points. At the time of his retirement, he was second in NHL history in games played, assists and points. He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct three times, and helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup three times. Delvecchio's 1,549 games with the Red Wings are the most by one player who spent their entire career on one team, and is only one of three to play at least 1,500 games with one team (the other two, Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidström, also played for the Red Wings). Immediately after retiring in 1973, Delvecchio was named head coach of the team and was also named the team's general manager in 1974, serving in both roles until 1977. Delvecchio was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977, and in 2017 was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players" in history.

Central Division (NHL)

The NHL's Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. Its predecessor was the Norris Division. As part of the 2013 realignment, the Central Division expanded into 7 teams. It is also one of two successors to the Northwest Division. Three of its teams—Minnesota, Nashville, and Winnipeg (as the Atlanta Thrashers)—joined the NHL in the league's last phase of expansion between 1998 and 2000. The fourth team in that group, the Columbus Blue Jackets, are no longer part of the Central Division. After the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights to the Pacific Division in 2017, the Central Division is currently the only division in the NHL without eight teams until the Seattle NHL team enters the league and the Arizona Coyotes are realigned into the Central Division in the 2021–22 NHL season.The Central Division has sent five teams to the Stanley Cup playoffs on seven different occasions. In the first three seasons after the most recent realignment in 2013, Central Division teams occupied both Wild Card playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Colorado Avalanche–Detroit Red Wings brawl

The Avalanche–Red Wings brawl was a large-scale on-ice melee that occurred March 26, 1997, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, between two National Hockey League (NHL) rivals: the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. The brawl, which has been nicknamed Bloody Wednesday, Fight Night at the Joe and Brawl in Hockeytown, stemmed from a previous on-ice incident between the two teams during the 1996 Western Conference Finals.

Gordie Howe

Gordon Howe (March 31, 1928 – June 10, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. From 1946 to 1980, he played twenty-six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA); his first 25 seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Nicknamed "Mr. Hockey", Howe is often considered the most complete player to ever play the game and one of the greatest of all time. A 23-time NHL All-Star, he held many of the sport's career scoring records until they were broken in the 1980s by Wayne Gretzky, who himself has been a major champion of Howe's legacy. He continues to hold NHL records for most games and seasons played. In 2017, Howe was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players".Howe made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 1946. He won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring each year from 1950–51 to 1953–54, then again in 1956-57 and 1962–63, a total of six times, the second most in NHL history. He led the NHL in goal scoring four times. He ranked among the top ten in NHL scoring for 21 consecutive years and set an NHL record for points in a season (95) in 1953, a record which was broken six years later. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings four times and won six Hart Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player. He also led the NHL in playoff points six times.

Howe retired for the first time in 1971 and was immediately inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame that same year. He was then inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the next year, but came back two years later to join his sons Mark and Marty on the Houston Aeros of the WHA. Although in his mid-40s, he scored over 100 points twice in six years, won two straight Avco World Trophies (1974 and 1975) and was named most valuable player in 1974. He made a brief return to the NHL in 1979–80, playing one season with the Hartford Whalers, then retired at age 52. His involvement with the WHA was central to their brief pre-NHL merger success, forcing the NHL to recruit European talent and expand to new markets.

Howe was most famous for his scoring prowess, physical strength and career longevity, and redefined the ideal qualities of a forward. He is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five different decades (1940s through 1980s). He became the namesake of the "Gordie Howe hat trick": a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game, though he only recorded two such games in his career. He was the inaugural recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Joe Louis Arena

Joe Louis Arena is a defunct multi-purpose arena in Downtown Detroit. Completed in 1979 at a cost of $57 million as a replacement for Olympia Stadium, it sits adjacent to Cobo Center on the bank of the Detroit River and was accessible by the Joe Louis Arena station on the Detroit People Mover. The venue is named after former heavyweight champion boxer Joe Louis, who grew up in Detroit.It was the home of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the second oldest NHL venue after Madison Square Garden until the start of the 2017–18 NHL season. Joe Louis Arena is owned by the city of Detroit, and operated by Olympia Entertainment, a subsidiary of team owner Ilitch Holdings.In April 2017, the Red Wings hosted their final game at Joe Louis Arena; the venue was succeeded by Little Caesars Arena. Closed on July 29, 2017, demolition started on April 4, 2019 and the site should be cleared by early 2020.

List of Detroit Red Wings general managers

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. The general manager (GM) of the team "oversees all aspects of Detroit's hockey operations including all matters relating to player personnel, development, contract negotiations and player movements." There have been twelve general managers in franchise history; two during the era of the Detroit Cougars (1926–30) and Detroit Falcons (1930–32) and the rest under the Detroit Red Wings (1932–present). The first was Art Duncan for the 1926–27 season; he also served as head coach and was also a defenseman and team captain.Jack Adams took over as coach and GM for the 1927–28 season. He served as coach through the 1946–47 season and remained in the general manager position until 1962. As both head coach and general manager, Adams built and guided the team to its first three Stanley Cup titles in 1936, 1937, and 1943, and after turning the head coach position over to others the team won four more Cup titles in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. Adams earned the nickname "Trader Jack" for his willingness to make high-profile deals; in 1955, just after the Stanley Cup Finals, he traded starting goaltender Terry Sawchuk to the Boston Bruins, elevating Glenn Hall to the starting role. In 1957 he traded Hall and star left wing Ted Lindsay to the Chicago Black Hawks and reacquired Sawchuk by giving up Johnny Bucyk to the Bruins.Adams left the club in April 1962 and was replaced with Sid Abel, who was also head coach. First under Abel as GM and then Ned Harkness, Alex Delvecchio, Lindsay, and Jimmy Skinner in the position, the Red Wings suffered a long period of decline, from 1967 until 1983, during which they made the playoffs only twice. They did not appear in the Finals in this time and only won one of the three series they appeared in, beating the Atlanta Flames two games to none in 1978.In 1982, Mike Ilitch bought the team from Bruce Norris. Ilitch hired Jim Devellano from the New York Islanders to replace Skinner as GM; Devellano had served as a scout and assistant general manager with the Islanders, where he won the Stanley Cup three times. Under his leadership the Red Wings began a new era of success; in 1983 they drafted Steve Yzerman, who spent his entire career in Detroit, including a league record 20 years as team captain. The Red Wings returned to the playoffs in 1984 where they suffered a first round defeat to the St. Louis Blues. The team reached the Western Conference finals in both 1987 and 1988, losing to the Edmonton Oilers both times. Devellano became team vice president in 1990, handing over the general manager position to Bryan Murray for the 1990–91 season. The club made the playoffs that season and every season since; with Bryan Murray from 1990 to 1994, Devellano and head coach Scotty Bowman sharing general manager responsbilites from 1994 to 1997, and general manager Ken Holland, the team put together of a streak of 25 consecutive playoff appearances from 1991 to 2016. Under first Devellano, Bowman, and then Holland the team won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008.

List of Detroit Red Wings head coaches

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. There have been 27 head coaches in franchise history; three during the era of the Detroit Cougars (1926–1930) and Detroit Falcons (1930–1932) and the rest under the Detroit Red Wings (1932–present). Six Red Wings coaches have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as players: Jack Adams, Sid Abel, Bill Gadsby, Marcel Pronovost, Ted Lindsay, and Brad Park, while two others as builders: Tommy Ivan and Scotty Bowman. Adams, Bowman, Ivan, and Lindsay have also won the Lester Patrick Trophy, an award presented to those who have provided an outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Barry Smith has the highest winning percentage of any Red Wings coach, with an .800 record from the five games he coached on an interim basis with Dave Lewis during the 1998 season. He is followed by Lewis who has a .672 winning percentage. Larry Wilson, who coached the 1977 season, has the lowest winning percentage (.139). Jack Adams coached the most games of any Red Wings head coach, 964 games during his tenure with the Cougars, Falcons and Red Wings. Adams also has the most regular season losses and ties. The Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the National Hockey League head coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success", is named after him. Mike Babcock has the most regular season wins. Jacques Demers is the only NHL coach to have won the Jack Adams Award twice with the same team. Scotty Bowman also won twice, though with different teams: the first time, he was coach of the Montreal Canadiens. The current head coach of the Red Wings is Jeff Blashill, hired in June 2015 following the departure of Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

List of Detroit Red Wings records

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the League.

List of Detroit Red Wings seasons

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Cougars from then until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings. The 2016–17 season will be the 91st for the Detroit franchise. Since their founding, the Red Wings have won 2,858 regular season games, accumulated 19 division championships and 6 conference championships, led the league in points 18 times, appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs 64 times, and won 11 Stanley Cup titles.Detroit first qualified for the playoffs in 1929 where they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 2–7 in goals scored. In the 38 seasons from 1929 to 1966 the team missed the playoffs only six times. They appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals 18 times during this period, winning the Stanley Cup in seven of those opportunities, with their championships coming in 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. Their last Finals appearance of this era came in 1966 when they lost in six games to the Montreal Canadiens. The Red Wings then experienced a period, from 1967 until 1983, when they made the playoffs only twice. They did not appear in the Finals during this time and only won one of the three series they appeared in, beating the Atlanta Flames two games to none in 1978.The Red Wings returned to the playoffs in 1984 where they suffered a first round defeat to the St. Louis Blues. In the 32 seasons since then they have made the playoffs 30 times, including 25 consecutive seasons from 1991 to 2016 (not counting the cancelled 2004–05 season). They returned to the Finals for the first time since 1966 in 1995 where they were swept by the New Jersey Devils in four games. However, in 1997 they made it back to the Finals, winning the series in four straight games over the Philadelphia Flyers. They repeated as champions in the following season with a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals. Their most recent championships were in 2002 and 2008, with their most recent Finals appearance in 2009 where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mickey Redmond

Michael Edward "Mickey" Redmond (born December 27, 1947)[1] is a former professional hockey player. He is currently a color analyst for Detroit Red Wings games on television for Fox Sports Detroit.

Nicklas Lidström

Erik Nicklas Lidström (pronounced [ˈnɪkːlas ²liːdstrœm]; born 28 April 1970) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, which he captained for the final six seasons of his career. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history.

Over his 20 NHL seasons, Lidström won four Stanley Cup championships, seven James Norris Memorial Trophies (awarded to the NHL's top defenceman), one Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, and was voted into 12 NHL All-Star Games. The Red Wings never missed the postseason during his career, the longest in league history for a player never missing the playoffs. Lidström was the first European-born-and-trained captain of a Stanley Cup winning team, as well as the first European player named playoff MVP. Lidström is also the all-time leader in games played with only one NHL team and by a European-born player. Lidström was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on 9 November 2015. In 2017 Lidström was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

Presidents' Trophy

The Presidents' Trophy (French: Trophée des présidents) is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team that finishes with the most points (i.e. best record) during the NHL regular season. If two teams tie for the most points, then the Trophy goes to the team with the most wins. The Presidents' Trophy has been awarded 33 times to 17 different teams since its inception during the 1985–86 season.As the team with the best regular season record, the Presidents' Trophy winner is guaranteed home-ice advantage in all four rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, provided they advance that far. However, it does not guarantee that success; only eight of these winners have gone on to win the Stanley Cup. Three other teams reached the Stanley Cup Finals, but failed to win. The last team to win both the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season was the 2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks. The only team to accomplish this more than once is the Detroit Red Wings.

Stanley Cup winning players

This is a complete alphabetic list of all players who won the Stanley Cup ice hockey trophy with years and total wins. The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893, and since 1926 it has been the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL). The list includes all known players from each winning team from 1893 to 1923. Since 1924, all players whose names were actually engraved on the Stanley Cup are listed. The list also includes any player who qualified but whose name was not engraved on the Stanley Cup, and any player who did not qualify but who dressed in the playoffs

The rules for determining whether a player qualified to be listed as a Stanley Cup winner have changed over time:

1893 to 1926 – played one game for the winning team during the regular season or the Stanley Cup playoffs, or included on the team picture;

1926 to 1970 – played 1/2 the regular season games (and was not traded to another team), or played one playoff game; Some players who qualified were left off the Stanley Cup, while other players who did not officially qualify were still included.

1971 to 1976 – played in the playoffs (a player who played at least 1/2 the regular season games and was left off the cup is included on this list);

Since 1976 – appeared in at least one game in the Stanley Cup Finals, or 1/2 the regular season games, and was still with the winning team after the NHL trade deadline. Between 1978 and 1993, eleven players who did not qualify still ended up having their name engraved on the Stanley CupStarting in 1994, teams have been permitted to petition the NHL Commissioner, to be considered on a case-by-case basis, to engrave a player's name on the cup if the player was unavailable to play due to "extenuating circumstances". Usually, players who spend the whole season with the winning team, but do not officially qualify, are included, especially if they missed many games injured. The league does not evaluate all players on the roster, only the ones requested by the winning team. NHL has rejected some requests for names to be added.

Since 1998, there has been a limit of 52 names per champion, counting both players and non-playing personnel. As the number of non-playing members increases on NHL teams, more non-players are being included on the cup. So fewer extra players are being requested to be included on the cup. No players who qualify may be left off to include another non-playing member. The following list includes notes explaining each of the following situations:

Any player who qualified, but whose name was left off the Stanley Cup, is included with information on how they qualified.

Any player who did not officially qualify, but whose name was included on the Cup, is included with information about why their name was included.

Any non-player who played in at least one game for the winning team that season is included with their position.

Any player who dressed in the playoffs, or missed many games injured, but was left off the Stanley Cup, because they did not qualify is included.

Steve Yzerman

Stephen Gregory Yzerman (; born May 9, 1965) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player who spent his entire National Hockey League (NHL) playing career with the Detroit Red Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. After his retirement as a player, he served in the front office of the Red Wings, and then as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, while also being executive director for Team Canada in two Olympics. He currently serves as the executive vice president and general manager of the Red Wings.

Prior to the 1986–87 season, at age 21, Yzerman was named captain of the Red Wings and continuously served for the next two decades (dressing as captain for over 1,300 games), retiring as the longest-serving captain of any team in North American major league sports history. Once voted to be the most popular athlete in Detroit sports history, locals often simply refer to Yzerman as "The Captain". Yzerman led the Wings to five first-place regular season finishes and three Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998 and 2002).

Yzerman won numerous awards during his career, including the Lester B. Pearson Award (Most outstanding player) in the 1988–89 season, the Conn Smythe Trophy (Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup playoffs) in 1998, the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in 2000 and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance in 2003. He was a ten-time NHL All-Star, a First Team All-Star in 2000 and a member of the All-Rookie Team in 1984.

On July 3, 2006, Yzerman officially retired from professional hockey, finishing his career ranked as the seventh all-time leading scorer in NHL history, having scored a career-high 155 points (65 goals and 90 assists) in 1988–89, which has been bettered only by Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Yzerman's #19 jersey was retired on January 2, 2007, during a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. On November 4, 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He also became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, his first year of eligibility, inducted alongside 2001–02 Red Wing teammates Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. In 2017, Yzerman was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players" in history. He is a Detroit sports icon, widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all-time.

On September 25, 2006, Yzerman was named as a vice-president and alternate governor of the Detroit Red Wings, winning a fourth Stanley Cup championship as the vice-president of operations in 2007–08. In May 2010, he left the Red Wings organization to become general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, serving in that capacity until September 2018. On April 19, 2019, Yzerman was named the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Yzerman has represented his country in several international tournaments as a member of Canada's national hockey team (Team Canada). In 2002, Yzerman won an Olympic gold medal, making him one of few players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year. Yzerman was the general manager of Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF World Championship, which they won. Yzerman was appointed executive director of Team Canada on October 7, 2008, for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Team Canada went on to win the gold medal by defeating the United States. Yzerman was again appointed executive director of Team Canada on March 5, 2012, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Canada went on to win their second-straight gold medal after defeating Sweden.

Ted Lindsay

Ted Lindsay (born Robert Blake Theodore Lindsay; July 29, 1925 – March 4, 2019) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played as a forward for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lindsay scored over 800 points in his Hockey Hall of Fame career, won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950, and won the Stanley Cup four times. Often referred to as "Terrible Ted", Lindsay helped to organize the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) in the late 1950s, an action which led to his trade to Chicago. In 2017, Lindsay was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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