37 Facts About Detroit Red Wings


Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit.

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The Red Wings compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, and are one of the Original Six teams of the league.

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The new Detroit Red Wings 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.

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The new Detroit Red Wings franchise adopted the Cougars' nickname in honor of the folded franchise.

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Since no arena in Detroit Red Wings was ready at the time, the Cougars played their first season at the Border Cities Arena in Windsor, Ontario.

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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.

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Two seasons later, the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 1936, defeating Toronto in four games.

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Detroit Red Wings repeated as Stanley Cup champions in 1937, winning over the Rangers in the full five games.

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In 1938, the Montreal Canadiens and the Red Wings became the first NHL teams to play in Europe, playing in Paris and London.

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Red Wings made the Stanley Cup Finals in three consecutive years during the early 1940s.

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However, in 1943, with Mud Bruneteau and Syd Howe scoring 23 and 20 goals, respectively, Detroit Red Wings won their third Stanley Cup by sweeping the Bruins.

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Detroit Red Wings reached the Finals again the following season, only to be swept again by Toronto.

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Detroit Red Wings became the first team in 17 years to go undefeated in the playoffs.

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Detroit Red Wings was succeeded as team president by his daughter, Marguerite, which made her the first woman to head an NHL franchise.

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In 1959, the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 21 years.

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The Red Wings made the Finals in four of the next six years between 1961 and 1966.

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Only a year after making the Finals, the Red Wings finished a distant fifth, 24 points out of the playoffs.

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In 1983, the Red Wings drafted Steve Yzerman, a center from the Peterborough Petes, with their first-round pick.

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In 1989, Yzerman scored a career-best 65 goals, but Detroit was upset in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Wings cruised to the playoffs, where they faced the Nashville Predators.

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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.

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The Red Wings became only the second NHL team to lose the Stanley Cup at home in Game 7.

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Detroit Red Wings won their first-round playoff series over the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games.

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Detroit Red Wings soon signed free agent defenseman Ian White to take his place.

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Detroit Red Wings signed goaltender Ty Conklin for his second stint with the team.

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The Red Wings made the NHL playoffs, extending their streak of 21-straight playoff appearances, as the fifth seed.

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The Red Wings wear the vertical arched letters in the regular season and playoffs, but use straight serifed nameplates during the preseason.

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The Red Wings kept their design as close to original as possible, the exceptions being: On the road 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.

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Red Wings wore alternative "retro" jerseys for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic in Chicago.

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The Red Wings went on to sweep both of their opponents that year en route to a Stanley Cup championship.

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Detroit Red Wings 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.

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Detroit Red Wings acknowledge an affiliation with many inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Red Wings inductees include 66 former players and 12 builders of the sport.

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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.

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