The Detroit Red Wings, as an original six team have a fascinating and rich history that will only be briefly delved into as to not drown everyone in information.
A quick overview of the team:
Arena: Joe Louis Arena
AHL Affiliate: Grand Rapids Griffins
Owner: Olympia Entertainment
Coach: Jeff Blashill
Best Known Line: The Grind Line: Kris Draper, Joe Kocur/Darren McCarty, and Kirk Maltby, The Russian Five: Slava Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov as defense; Sergei Makarov, Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov as forwards (aka the KLM line)
Notable Former Players: Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov, Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman
Current Captain: Henrik Zetterberg
Goalies: Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek
Notable Current Players: Dylan Larkin, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Pavel Datsyuk
A few facts:
Established in 1926 as part of the original six under the name the Detroit Cougars. In 1930, the name changed to the Detroit Falcons, and finally became the Red Wings in 1932.
When the team was first established, there was no arena ready in Detroit, so the team played their first season in Windsor, Ontario.
Most Stanley Cups of any American team in the league.
“Hockeytown” is used to refer to Detroit, and the term is trademarked and owned by the franchise.
Olympia Entertainment is part of Ilitch Holdings which also owns several others subsidiaries including the Detroit Tigers, MotorCity Casino, and Little Caesars Pizza.
1952 started the tradition of the octopus being thrown on the ice for Detroit as good luck. Eight legs for the eight wins it took to win the Stanley Cup at the time.
Participated in the longest game in NHL history that went to six overtime periods against the Montreal Maroons in 1936. The game lasted 176 minutes and ended at 2:25 in the morning.
Kris Draper was traded by the Winnipeg Jets to Detroit for $1 and he won four cups with them afterwards.
The Joseph Turner Memorial Cup is awarded to the winner of the IHL championship, and is named for one of two NHL’ers who died in service during WWII, who played as a goalie for the Red Wings before his deployment.
The Red Wings have the longest playoff streak of any team in the four major North American sports at 25 consecutive seasons.
The Red Wings are the only team in the league to sew the letters for the captain and the alternates on the right side of the jersey instead of the left.
In closing, let’s take a chance to honor Gordie Howe. Our thoughts go to his family. Rest in peace Mr. Hockey.