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The Detroit Red Wings: Decline and Fall of an Empire
The Detroit Red Wings: Decline and Fall of an Empire
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Detroit Red Wings 2017-18 Season Preview
Published: 2017/07/22
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31 in 31: Detroit Red Wings 2017-18 season preview
31 in 31: Detroit Red Wings 2017-18 season preview
Published: 2017/08/11
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Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings -
Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings - ''Brawl in Hockeytown'' - March 26, 1997 (NHL Classic)
Published: 2015/08/16
Channel: HockeyWebCast
Red Wings win in final game at Joe Louis Arena
Red Wings win in final game at Joe Louis Arena
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: NHL
Hockeytown: Detroit Red Wings 1996-97 NHL Championship Season
Hockeytown: Detroit Red Wings 1996-97 NHL Championship Season
Published: 2013/06/06
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Actress Kristen Bell Talks Detroit Red Wings - 3/14/17
Actress Kristen Bell Talks Detroit Red Wings - 3/14/17
Published: 2017/03/14
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New Jersey Devils vs Detroit Red Wings; LAST EVER 1:00 of play in Joe Louis Arena (FSD-HD (4/9/17))
New Jersey Devils vs Detroit Red Wings; LAST EVER 1:00 of play in Joe Louis Arena (FSD-HD (4/9/17))
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Paul
Detroit Red Wings condemn use of logo during white nationalist rally
Detroit Red Wings condemn use of logo during white nationalist rally
Published: 2017/08/12
Channel: WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7
Return to Glory DVD: Detroit Red Wings - 2007-2008 NHL Championship Season [HD]
Return to Glory DVD: Detroit Red Wings - 2007-2008 NHL Championship Season [HD]
Published: 2014/10/29
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2008 Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings Goals
2008 Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings Goals
Published: 2017/06/29
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Detroit Red Wings: Best of 2015-16 Regular Season
Detroit Red Wings: Best of 2015-16 Regular Season
Published: 2016/04/11
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The History of the Detroit Red Wings
The History of the Detroit Red Wings
Published: 2017/07/27
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Detroit Red Wings Funniest Moments
Detroit Red Wings Funniest Moments
Published: 2015/08/17
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Detroit Red Wings' 25-Year Playoff Streak
Published: 2017/05/22
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2017-18 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
2017-18 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: The Hockey Guy
Projecting the 17-18 Detroit Red Wings Line Up
Projecting the 17-18 Detroit Red Wings Line Up
Published: 2017/05/28
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Return to Hockeytown: Detroit Red Wings 1997-1998 NHL Championship Season
Return to Hockeytown: Detroit Red Wings 1997-1998 NHL Championship Season
Published: 2013/06/07
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Detroit Red Wings NEW Arena Tour (BEST IN THE LEAGUE?)
Detroit Red Wings NEW Arena Tour (BEST IN THE LEAGUE?)
Published: 2017/09/10
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Red Wings' Jeff Blashill on Andreas Athanasiou's absence from camp
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Channel: MLive
Detroit Red Wings Play NHL 17
Detroit Red Wings Play NHL 17
Published: 2016/11/10
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Ottawa Senators vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Game Recap
Ottawa Senators vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Game Recap
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: NHL Workshop
25.10.2016 Carolina Hurricanes vs Detroit Red Wings
25.10.2016 Carolina Hurricanes vs Detroit Red Wings
Published: 2016/10/26
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"Here We Go" - Detroit Red Wings 2017-18 Hype
"Here We Go" - Detroit Red Wings 2017-18 Hype
Published: 2017/06/24
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Detroit Red Wings: Best Hits From the Playoff Streak
Detroit Red Wings: Best Hits From the Playoff Streak
Published: 2014/04/15
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Pre Season game Detroit Red Wings Boston Bruins обзор
Pre Season game Detroit Red Wings Boston Bruins обзор
Published: 2017/09/20
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Detroit Red Wings: Best of the 2008 Playoffs
Detroit Red Wings: Best of the 2008 Playoffs
Published: 2013/01/18
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Return to Hockeytown 3: Detroit Red Wings 2001-2002 NHL Season
Return to Hockeytown 3: Detroit Red Wings 2001-2002 NHL Season
Published: 2013/06/14
Channel: drbnzballa1
Huge Line Fight Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Rd 1 Game 2 NHL
Huge Line Fight Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Rd 1 Game 2 NHL
Published: 2016/04/16
Channel: TBLightningFights
Detroit Red Wings Player Introduction 2016-2017 Season Opener
Detroit Red Wings Player Introduction 2016-2017 Season Opener
Published: 2016/10/18
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Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues Brawl 1997
Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues Brawl 1997
Published: 2013/04/04
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Detroit Red Wings - Don
Detroit Red Wings - Don't Stop Believing
Published: 2014/03/29
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Tampa Bay Lightning @ Detroit Red Wings. Round 1 Game 4
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Detroit Red Wings. Round 1 Game 4
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: Pavel Datsyuk
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Red Wings' top pick Michael Rasmussen discusses first NHL camp
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: MLive
NHL 18 Full Game Sim - Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks
NHL 18 Full Game Sim - Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks
Published: 2017/09/07
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Detroit Red Wings vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Game Recap
Detroit Red Wings vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Game Recap
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: NHL Workshop
Alumni Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche. 2016 NHL Stadium Series
Alumni Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche. 2016 NHL Stadium Series
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: Pavel Datsyuk
2017 Detroit Red Wings Youth Camp
2017 Detroit Red Wings Youth Camp
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: OfficialRedWings
Red Wings Alumni introduction
Red Wings Alumni introduction
Published: 2016/02/27
Channel: FOX SportsDetroit
Revisiting the 2008 Detroit Red Wings
Revisiting the 2008 Detroit Red Wings
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: The Hockey Guy
NHL 17: DETROIT RED WINGS FRANCHISE MODE - SEASON 1
NHL 17: DETROIT RED WINGS FRANCHISE MODE - SEASON 1
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: TacTixHD
2013 Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings Goals
2013 Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings Goals
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: awood40
Detroit Red Wings 2017-2018 Season Trailer
Detroit Red Wings 2017-2018 Season Trailer
Published: 2017/05/20
Channel: Dylan Gray
Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Game Recap
Minnesota Wild vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Game Recap
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: NHL Workshop
NHL Rivals   Pittsburgh Penguins vs Detroit Red Wings
NHL Rivals Pittsburgh Penguins vs Detroit Red Wings
Published: 2016/07/01
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Game Recap
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Game Recap
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: NHL Workshop
24/7 Road to the Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings - Episode 1 (HBO Sports)
24/7 Road to the Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings - Episode 1 (HBO Sports)
Published: 2013/12/17
Channel: HBOBoxing
Shootout; Washington Capitals vs Detroit Red Wings (2/18/17 (FSD-HD))
Shootout; Washington Capitals vs Detroit Red Wings (2/18/17 (FSD-HD))
Published: 2017/02/18
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Good Bye Joe Louis Arena | Detroit Red Wings
Good Bye Joe Louis Arena | Detroit Red Wings
Published: 2017/03/29
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Detroit Red Wings: Regular Season Overtime Goals (07-16)
Detroit Red Wings: Regular Season Overtime Goals (07-16)
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Detroit Red Wings
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings season
Detroit Red Wings logo.svg
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1926
History Detroit Cougars
19261930
Detroit Falcons
19301932
Detroit Red Wings
1932–present
Home arena Little Caesars Arena
City Detroit, Michigan
ECA-Uniform-DET.png
Colors Red, white[1][2]
         
Media Fox Sports Detroit
Talk Radio WXYT (1270 AM)
The Ticket (97.1 FM)
Owner(s) Ilitch Holdings
General manager Ken Holland
Head coach Jeff Blashill
Captain Henrik Zetterberg
Minor league affiliates Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 11 (1935–36, 1936–37, 1942–43, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08)
Conference championships 6 (1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2008–09)
Presidents' Trophy 6 (1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08)
Division championships 19 (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 website nhl.com/redwings

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)[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 2017, the Red Wings had won the most Stanley Cup championships of any NHL franchise based in the United States (11)[6] of and are third overall in total NHL 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 having spent over 40 years playing in Olympia Stadium. They are set to move into Little Caesars Arena for the start of the 2017–18 season. The Red Wings are one of the most popular franchises in the NHL, and fans and commentators refer to Detroit and its surrounding areas as "Hockeytown", which has been a registered trademark owned by the franchise since 1996.[7]

Between the 1933–34 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, since then they have made the playoffs in 30 of the last 33 seasons (starting in 1983–84), including 25 in a row from 1990–91 to 2015–16—at the time, the longest streak of postseason appearances in all of North American professional sports. Since 1983–84, they have tallied six regular season first-place finishes and have won the Stanley Cup four times in six finals appearances.

Franchise history[edit]

Early years (1926–1949)[edit]

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 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]

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

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 preseason and start of the 2009-10 NHL season, in Sweden, against the St. Louis Blues.[27]

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 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)[edit]

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 Cup.[40]

Team photo of the 1952 Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings won their fifth cup in 1952.

After being upset by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1951 semi-finals, Detroit won its fifth 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 offseason, 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 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, along with goaltender Glenn Hall, was 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)[edit]

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 1973 ending the period colloquially referred to as "Darkness with Harkness".[66][67]

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.[68][69][70] But this did not last. Mahovlich was traded to Montreal in 1971, and Howe retired after the 1970–71 season.[71][67] Throughout the decade, the Red Wings were hampered due to a number of factors.[72]

During the 1979–80 season, the Red Wings left the Olympia for Joe Louis Arena.[73] In 1982, after 50 years of family ownership, Bruce Norris sold the Red Wings to Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars.[74]

Yzerman era (1983–2006)[edit]

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.[75] That season, with John Ogrodnick, Ivan Boldirev, Ron Duguay, and Brad Park, Detroit made the playoffs for the first time in six years.[76] Park ended up winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.[77] Later, Park was asked to coach the Red Wings, but was sacked after 45 games in 1985–86.[78] They did end up in last place with a 17–57–6 record for only 40 points.[79] This was the same year that the Wings added enforcer Bob Probert, one of the most familiar faces of the Wings in the 1980s and 1990s.[80]

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.[81][82][83][84] They made it all the way to the conference finals against the powerful Edmonton Oilers, but lost to the eventual Cup champions in five games.[84][85] 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.[86] As was the case in the previous season, they made it to the conference finals only to lose again to the eventual Cup champion Oilers in five games.[87]

In 1989, Yzerman scored a career-best 65 goals, but Detroit was upset in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks.[88][89][90] The following season, Yzerman scored 62 goals, but the team missed the playoffs.[91][92]

After the season, Demers was fired and was replaced by Bryan Murray as the new head coach.[93][94] Murray was unable to get them back over .500, but they returned to the playoffs.[94][95] Yzerman was joined by Sergei Fedorov, who would be an award-winner and frequent all-star for the team in the 1990s.[96] In 1991, the team signed free agent Ray Sheppard, who would score a career-best 52 goals three years later.[97][98] In 1993, the Red Wings acquired top defenseman Paul Coffey.[99] Also joining the Red Wings around this time were draft picks Vladimir Konstantinov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Vyacheslav Kozlov, and Darren McCarty.[100][101][102][103]

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

In 1993, former Montreal Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman was hired as the new head coach.[104] 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.[105][106]

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.[107][108]

The following season, the Red Wings acquired Brendan Shanahan and Larry Murphy.[109][110] 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 went on to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the 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.[111]

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.[100][112][113] As a result, the team dedicated the 1997–98 season to him.[113] The Red Wings won the Cup in four games, this time over the Washington Capitals, and Konstantinov was brought onto the ice in his wheelchair so he could touch the Cup.[113]

Superstar acquisitions and more success (1999–2006)[edit]

The following season, the Red Wings appeared to be poised to win a third consecutive Cup when they acquired three-time top blueliner Chris Chelios from his hometown Chicago Blackhawks in March 1999.[114][115] Also acquired at the trade deadline were defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, winger Wendel Clark, and goaltender Bill Ranford.[115] Despite high aspirations, however, Detroit would end up losing in the Western Conference semi-finals to Colorado in six games.[116] 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.[117]

The Red Wings were invited to the White House in November 2002, after winning the 2002 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.[118][119] During the ensuing offseason, the team acquired goalie Dominik Hasek (the defending Vezina Trophy winner) and forwards Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull.[120][121][122] Russian prospect Pavel Datsyuk also joined the team.[123] 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.[124] 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.[124] Bowman and Hasek both retired after the season.[125][126]

The offseason saw the Red Wings promote associate coach Dave Lewis to the head coach position after Bowman's retirement.[127] 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.[128] Also new to the lineup was highly touted Swedish prospect Henrik Zetterberg.[129] 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.[130][131] The Mighty Ducks shocked the hockey world when they swept the Red Wings in four games en route to a Finals appearance.[131][132][133]

In the offseason, long-time Red Wing Fedorov signed with the Mighty Ducks as a free agent.[134] Additionally, Hasek opted to come out of retirement and join the Red Wings for the 2003–04 season.[135] Joseph, despite being one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, spent part of the season in the minor leagues.[136] Hasek himself would be sidelined with a groin injury.[137] Despite this, however, the Red Wings would finish atop of the Central Division and the NHL standings.[138] The Red Wings eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games in the first round of the 2004 playoffs, which led to a second round matchup with the Calgary Flames.[139] The teams split the first four games, and headed to Detroit for a pivotal Game 5, which the Red Wings lost, 1–0.[140] They were then eliminated two nights later in Calgary by the same score, in overtime.[141] The Red Wings didn't play in the 2004–05 season due to the lockout, which cancelled the entire season.[142]

On July 15, 2005, Mike Babcock, former head coach in Anaheim, became the new head coach for the Red Wings.[143] On November 21, 2005, defenseman Jiri Fischer went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators.[144] The game was cancelled because of his injury, and was made up on January 23, 2006.[145] This was the first time in NHL history a game had been postponed due to an injury.[146] The game was played for the full 60 minutes; however, the Predators were allowed to maintain their 1–0 lead from the original game and won, 3–2.[145] 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.[147] 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.[148][149]

Continuing the shakeup of the Red Wings roster, the offseason saw the departure of Shanahan, the return of Hasek, and the retirement of Yzerman.[150][137][151] Yzerman retired with the additional distinction of having been the longest-serving team captain in NHL history.[152]

Nicklas Lidstrom and the "Swedish Connection" era (2006–2012)[edit]

Nicklas Lidstrom was named captain of the team in 2006, maintaining the position until his retirement in 2012.

The Red Wings opened the 2006–07 season with Lidstrom as the new captain.[153] The team retired Yzerman's jersey number 19 on January 2, 2007.[154][155] 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 by virtue of having the greater number of wins.[156][157] 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.[158][159][160] The Red Wings would then lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals in six games.[131][161]

To start the 2007–08 campaign, Zetterberg recorded at least a point in each of Detroit's first 17 games, setting a club record.[162] The Wings cruised to the playoffs, where they faced the Nashville Predators.[163] After goalie Dominik Hasek played poorly in Games 3 and 4 of the series, both losses, head coach Mike Babcock replaced him with Chris Osgood.[164] 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.[165][166] The final victory came in Game 6 on June 4, 2008, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, by a score of 3–2. This was the Red Wings' fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.[166] 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.[166] It was the first time a team captained by a non-North American player (Lidstrom) won the Stanley Cup.[167]

On July 2, 2008, the Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of Marian Hossa.[168] On January 1, 2009, the Red Wings played the Chicago Blackhawks in the second NHL Winter Classic at Chicago's Wrigley Field, beating them 6–4.[169] 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.[170][171] The Red Wings entered the 2009 playoffs as the second overall seed in the Western Conference. The Red Wings swept the Columbus Blue Jackets, then beat the eighth seeded Anaheim Ducks in a hard fought seven game series.[172][173] They took on the vastly improved Chicago Blackhawks in the conference finals, winning in five games.[174] The Red Wings would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the finals for a second consecutive year, but this series would feature a different outcome. Pittsburgh defeated the Red Wings in seven games. Detroit becoming only the second NHL team to lose the Cup at home in game seven.

The Red Wings won their 11th Stanley Cup during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Red Wings began the 2009–10 NHL season in Stockholm, falling in both games to the St. Louis Blues by scores of 4–3 and 5–3. 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. The beginning of the season was a struggle for the Wings, with key players out of the lineup including Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall. After the Olympic break, Detroit posted a record of 13–2–2 and earned 28 points, the most by any team in the NHL in the month of March. This run helped them secure the fifth playoff seed in the Western Conference. Detroit won their first-round playoff series over the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games. In the second round, they fell behind the San Jose Sharks three games to one, before being knocked out of the playoffs in five games. All four games that the Red Wings lost that series were decided by one goal. The lone game that they won ended with a final score of 7–1.

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. They earned the this seed in the Western Conference for the Stanley Cup playoffs (extending their professional sports record of postseason appearances to 20 seasons), finishing behind the Vancouver Canucks (117) and San Jose Sharks (105). The Wings again faced the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs, this time sweeping them 4–0—making them the only team in the 2011 playoffs to sweep the first round—and again moved on to play the Sharks in round two. After losing the first three games of the series against the Sharks, the Red Wings won three consecutive games to force a seventh game 7, becoming just the eighth team in NHL history to accomplish the feat (the Chicago Blackhawks became the seventh team to do so earlier in the 2011 playoffs, against Vancouver). The Red Wings lost game seven to the Sharks by a score of 3–2, and were eliminated.

During the 2011 off-season, Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski retired, citing injuries as the main reason behind his decision. Detroit soon signed free agent defenseman Ian White to take his place. Long-time Red Wings Kris Draper and Osgood also announced their retirement from hockey, with both soon taking positions within the club. Detroit signed goaltender Ty Conklin for his second tour of duty with the team. Tragedy struck the organization and the rest of the National Hockey League upon the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster, 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. The Red Wings then added a patch to the left arm of their uniforms with the trio's initials.

On February 14, 2012, the Red Wings set the NHL record for most consecutive wins at home in a single season by winning their 21st home game with a 3–1 victory over the Dallas Stars, and on February 19, 2012, defeated the San Jose Sharks to record their 23rd consecutive home victory, breaking the overall record previously held by the Boston Bruins over two seasons from 1929 to 1930. The Red Wings also made the NHL playoffs, extending their streak of 21-straight playoff appearances, as the fifth seed. They were defeated in five games by their opening-round opponent, the Nashville Predators. On May 31, 2012, Lidstrom retired after his 20th consecutive NHL season, and sixth year as captain of the Detroit Red Wings.[175] Later in the off-season, fellow longtime Swedish Red Wing Holmstrom also retired.

The final seasons at Joe Louis Arena (2013–2017)[edit]

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

Zetterberg was named successor to Lidstrom as team captain. On July 1, 2012, the first day of the NHL free agency period, the Detroit 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.

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, clinched a playoff appearance; had they lost the game in regulation, they would have missed the playoffs by one point. Detroit's win preserved their streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances, extending their North American professional sports franchise record. As the seventh seed in the 2013 playoffs, the Red Wings faced the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks. The Wings survived a fierce battle that included four overtime games, winning the series 4–3 after a 3–2 game seven victory in Anaheim.[176] The next round pitted the Red Wings against the top-seeded and eventual Stanley Cup winners Chicago, and also went seven games. Even after jumping out to a 3-1 series lead, on May 29, the Wings were eliminated from the playoffs in a 2–1 overtime loss to the Hawks.

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. In the 2013–14 season, the Red Wings moved to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. On April 9, 2014, the Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance, and were eliminated in the first round by the Boston Bruins.

On April 9, 2015, the Red Wings clinched their 24th consecutive playoff appearance, thus extending their streak. The team was eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Petr Mrazek had gained the starting goalie role from Howard, and Kronwall was suspended for game seven as Tampa Bay erased a 3-2 deficit to win the series. Mike Babcock, concluding the final year of his contract, left the Red Wings and became coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jeff Blashill, head coach of the Red Wings' top farm club, the Grand Rapids Griffins, was named his successor on June 9.

On April 9, 2016, even though the Red Wings lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 6-1 as the Red Wings narrowly made the playoffs and extended their streak to a 25th season. The Red Wings lost the first two games of their 2016 opening round playoff series with Tampa Bay in a rematch of their 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs meeting. Detroit won game three at home, but ended up losing the series, four games to one.

On February 10, 2017, owner Ilitch died.[177] The Red Wings' playoff appearance streak came to a halt at 25 seasons when it ended in the 2016–17 season.[178] The Red Wings won their last game in Joe Louis Arena 4-1 on April 9, 2017, against the New Jersey Devils.

2017–present[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings are scheduled to begin play at Little Caesars Arena for the 2017–18 season, with the first regular season game to be played on October 5, 2017, against the Minnesota Wild.[179]

Team information[edit]

Uniforms[edit]

The logo used by the Detroit 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. It should be noted that the Red Wings only wear the vertical arched letters in the regular season and playoffs, while using straight serifed nameplates during the preseason.

The Hockey News voted the Red Wings' "winged wheel" logo the second best in the league in 2008.[180] The Red Wings, like all NHL teams, updated their jerseys to the new Rbk Edge standard for the 2007–08 NHL season. 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. The white sleeve numbers on both jerseys were also moved up, creating more red space between the bottom of the number and the wraparound white trim. The letters of the captain and alternate captains were moved to the right shoulder; Detroit wa the only team in the league that made this change (the change was necessitated by the stitching of the sweater), although the 2008 NHL All Star jerseys featured this as well. As of 2017, all teams have an NHL shield panel on the front of the jersey near the collar, and a rounded hemline at the bottom of the jersey which goes up at the hips, providing more mobility.

When Adidas became the uniform outfitter for 2017 and beyond, the Red Wings kept the same basic look save for the slightly curved bottom stripe.

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 in 1994 at Chicago Stadium. Those jerseys were based on the uniforms worn by the team (then the Detroit Cougars) in 1927–28. 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.

The striped throwbacks have been a popular design, as replicas continue to be marketed by the NHL.[181] This jersey was also a 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; a picture of Gretzky in this jersey was used for the cover art of a video game bearing his name.

Alternate jerseys for the RBK Edge system were made for 2008–09 and continue, but Detroit has thus far opted not to use alternates.

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.[182] 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.[183] These jerseys were also worn for their final 2009 regular season home game, again against the Chicago Blackhawks.[184] 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.

The Red Wings wore a specially designed one-time only jersey for their 2016 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.

The Red Wings have threatened legal action against the white supremacist group the Detroit Right Wings for a co-optation their iconic logo in which the wheel's spokes consist of the occult SS symbol Black Sun; it was the aegis of their shields during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[185][186]

Fan traditions[edit]

During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena was adorned with a giant octopus, nicknamed Al. The tradition 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.[187] During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena is generally adorned with a giant octopus with red eyes, nicknamed "Al" after Joe Louis Arena head ice manager Al Sobotka.[188]

The 1952 playoffs featured the start of the tradition—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.[189][190]

Sobotka is the man responsible for removing the thrown creatures from the ice. He is known for swinging the tossed octopi above his head when walking off the ice. On April 19, 2008, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell sent a memo to the Detroit Red Wings organization that forbade Zamboni drivers from cleaning up any octopi thrown onto the ice and that violating the mandate would result in a $10,000 fine.[191] Instead, it was to be the linesmen who performed this duty. 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.[192] This ban, however, was later loosened to allow for the octopus twirling to take place at the Zamboni entrance.[193]

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, the fans at Joe Louis Arena 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.

Home attendance at Joe Louis Arena[edit]

Home attendance at Joe Louis Arena
Year Total attendance Average attendance
1996–97 819,098 19,978
1997–98 819,303 19,983
1998–99 819,303 19,983
1999–00 819,303 19,983
2000–01 819,795 19,995
2001–02 822,378 20,058
2002–03 822,378 20,058
2003–04 822,706 20,066
2005–06 822,646 20,064
2006–07 822,706 20,066
2007–08 773,696 18,870
2008–09 814,474 19,865
2009–10 781,847 19,546
2010–11 806,892 19,680
2011–12 824,706 20,114
2012–13 481,584* 20,066
2013–14 802,640 20,066
2014–15 821,107 20,027
2015–16 821,107 20,027
2016–17 821,107 20,027

[194]

  • - lockout shortened season in 2012–13 (24 home games)

Broadcasters[edit]

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, Northwestern Ohio, and Southwestern Ontario.[195]

The Red Wings' exclusive local television rights are held by Fox Sports Detroit.[196]

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)
  • Darren Eliot: Studio analyst and television color commentator (select away games that Redmond and Osgood do not attend)
  • Manny Legace: Studio analyst
  • 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[edit]

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

  • Budd Lynch: TV and radio play by play and color – 1949–1975 (awarded 1985)
  • Bruce Martyn: Radio play by play – 1964–1995 (awarded 1991)
  • Mickey Redmond: TV color commentary – 1979–1981, 1986–present (awarded 2011)[197]

Lynch called the first locally televised game at Olympia for the original WWJ-TV in 1949. 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.[198] From 2008 to 2012, a second PA announcer was added to work alongside him, first John Fossen, then Erich Freiny. Lynch died in the offseason following the 2012 season,[199] and Freiny has been the sole PA announcer since then. A recording of Lynch can still be heard in the arena when there is one minute of play remaining in each period.

Season-by-season record[edit]

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 ROW GF GA Finish Playoffs
2012–13 48 24 16 8 56 22 124 115 3rd, Central Lost in Conference Semi-finals, 3–4 (Blackhawks)
2013–14 82 39 28 15 93 34 222 230 4th, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Bruins)
2014–15 82 43 25 14 100 39 235 221 3rd, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Lightning)
2015–16 82 41 30 11 93 39 211 224 3rd, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Lightning)
2016–17 82 33 36 13 79 39 207 244 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 8, 2017.[200]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
8 United States Abdelkader, JustinJustin Abdelkader (A) LW L 30 2005 Muskegon, Michigan
72 Canada Athanasiou, AndreasAndreas Athanasiou C L 23 2012 London, Ontario
83 Canada Daley, TrevorTrevor Daley D L 33 2017 Toronto, Ontario
65 United States DeKeyser, DannyDanny DeKeyser D L 27 2013 Clay Township, Michigan
52 Sweden Ericsson, JonathanJonathan Ericsson Injured Reserve D L 33 2002 Karlskrona, Sweden
93 Sweden Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen Injured Reserve RW L 37 2004 Vetlanda, Sweden
41 United States Glendening, LukeLuke Glendening Injured Reserve C R 28 2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan
25 Canada Green, MikeMike Green D R 31 2015 Calgary, Alberta
43 Canada Helm, DarrenDarren Helm C L 30 2005 St. Andrews, Manitoba
35 United States Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard G L 33 2003 Ogdensburg, New York
3 United States Jensen, NickNick Jensen D R 26 2009 Rogers, Minnesota
55 Sweden Kronwall, NiklasNiklas Kronwall (A) D L 36 2000 Stockholm, Sweden
71 United States Larkin, DylanDylan Larkin C L 21 2014 Waterford, Michigan
Czech Republic Machovsky, MatejMatej Machovsky G R 24 2017 Opava, Czech Republic
39 Canada Mantha, AnthonyAnthony Mantha Injured Reserve RW L 23 2013 Longueuil, Quebec
34 Czech Republic Mrazek, PetrPetr Mrazek G L 25 2010 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
51 Denmark Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen C L 33 2016 Herning, Denmark
14 Sweden Nyquist, GustavGustav Nyquist RW L 28 2008 Halmstad, Sweden
61 Canada Ouellet, XavierXavier Ouellet D L 24 2011 Bayonne, France
15 Canada Sheahan, RileyRiley Sheahan C L 25 2010 St. Catharines, Ontario
62 Canada Sproul, RyanRyan Sproul Injured Reserve D R 24 2011 Mississauga, Ontario
Czech Republic Sulak, LiborLibor Sulak D L 23 2017 Pelhřimov, Czech Republic
21 Slovakia Tatar, TomasTomas Tatar LW L 26 2009 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
46 United States Vitale, JoeJoe Vitale Injured Reserve C R 32 2016 St. Louis, Missouri
28 United States Witkowski, LukeLuke Witkowski D R 27 2017 Holland, Michigan
40 Sweden Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg (C) C L 36 1999 Njurunda, Sweden


Honored members[edit]

Terry Sawchuk, goaltender for the Red Wings, was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.

Many members of the Red Wings organization have been honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame over the course of the team's history. The first such selections came in 1958 when former players Ebbie Goodfellow, Alec Connell, Frank Foyston, Frank Fredrickson, George Hay and Duke Keats, as well as former owner James E. Norris, were all inducted. In 1959, they were joined by long-time coach Jack Adams and former player Tiny Thompson, both inducted as players. Since then, many more Red Wings have been inducted, including James D. Norris, Jack Stewart, Syd Howe, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Red Kelly, Terry Sawchuk, Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Viacheslav Fetisov, Mike Ilitch, Mark Howe, Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan.

Red Wings radio broadcaster Budd Lynch was named the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 1985 for his years of service as the radio play-by-play announcer for the team. Lynch also served as Detroit's public address announcer from 1985 until his death in 2012. In addition to Lynch, Bruce Martyn and Mickey Redmond have also won the award.

The Red Wings have retired seven 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. 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. In 2007, the Red Wings retired Steve Yzerman's No. 19. During Yzerman's career, he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Frank J. Selke trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. 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. The most recent retired number is Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5, which was retired on March 6, 2014. Lidström won the Norris Trophy seven times, the Conn Smythe Trophy once and the Stanley Cup four times during his career in Detroit.

Retired numbers[edit]

The banners of seven retired numbers. The banners, from left to right, read "Lidström 5" "Yzerman 19" "Sawchuk 1" "Delvecchio 10" "Lindsay 7" "Abel 12" "Howe 9". The Yzerman banner has a small C at the top right corner.
The banners of retired numbers hanging at Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit Red Wings retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Number retirement
1 Terry Sawchuk G 1949–1955, 1957–1964, 1968–1969 March 6, 1994
5 Nicklas Lidstrom D 1991–2012 March 6, 2014
7 Ted Lindsay LW 1944–1957, 1964–1965 November 10, 1991
9 Gordie Howe RW 1946–1971 March 12, 1972
10 Alex Delvecchio C 1950–1974 November 10, 1991
12 Sid Abel C 1938–1943, 1945–1952 April 29, 1995
19 Steve Yzerman C 1983–2006 January 2, 2007

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.[201] Although Aurie's uniform was retired in 1938 by James E. Norris, current team owners do not consider the number to be retired.[202] 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.[203] Number 99 is also unavailable due to having been retired by the league in honor of Wayne Gretzky.[204]

Team captains[edit]

All the players who have served as team captain with the Detroit franchise.[205]

First-round draft picks[edit]

Franchise leaders[edit]

All-time leading scorers[edit]

These players rank in the top ten in franchise history in scoring as of the end of the 2016−17 season.[206] Figures are updated after each completed NHL season.

  •  *  – current Red Wings player

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

All-time leading goaltenders[edit]

These players rank in the top ten in franchise history for wins as of the end of the 2016−17 season. There is a four-way tie for ninth place in postseason wins, resulting in twelve players listed in that table.[207] Figures are updated after each completed NHL season.

  •  *  – 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

Franchise individual records[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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