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The Detroit
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
National Hockey League
(NHL)[3] and are one of the Original Six
Original Six
teams of the league.[4] Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit
Detroit
Cougars from then until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Detroit
Detroit
Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings.[5] As of 2018[update], the Red Wings have won the most Stanley Cup championships of any NHL franchise based in the United States
United States
(11)[6] and are third overall in total Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
championships, behind the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
(24) and Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
(13). The Wings played their home games at Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
from 1979 until 2017, after having spent over 40 years playing in Olympia Stadium. They moved into Little Caesars Arena during the 2017–18 season. The Red Wings are one of the most popular franchises in the NHL, and fans and commentators refer to Detroit
Detroit
and its surrounding areas 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, 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
Stanley Cup
four times (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008).

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 Early years (1926–1949) 1.2 Gordie Howe
Gordie Howe
era (1950–1966) 1.3 "Dead Wings" era (1967–1982) 1.4 Yzerman era (1983–2006)

1.4.1 The Russian Five
Russian Five
and back-to-back Stanley Cups (1994–1998) 1.4.2 Superstar acquisitions and more success (1999–2006)

1.5 Nicklas Lidstrom and the "Swedish Connection" era (2006–2012) 1.6 The final seasons at Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
(2012–2017) 1.7 2017–present

2 Team information

2.1 Uniforms 2.2 Fan traditions 2.3 Home attendance at Joe Louis Arena

3 Broadcasters

3.1 Honored broadcasters

4 Season-by-season record 5 Players

5.1 Current roster 5.2 Hall of Fame members

5.2.1 Retired numbers

5.3 Team captains 5.4 First-round draft picks 5.5 Franchise leaders

5.5.1 All-time leading scorers 5.5.2 All-time leading goaltenders

5.6 Franchise individual records

6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Franchise history[edit] Further information: History of the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings Early years (1926–1949)[edit]

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

Following the 1926 Stanley Cup
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
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
Detroit
franchise purchased the players of the WHL's Victoria Cougars, who had won the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
in 1925 and had made the Finals the previous winter, to play for the team. The new Detroit
Detroit
franchise also adopted the Cougars' nickname in honor of the folded franchise.[11] Since no arena in Detroit
Detroit
was ready at the time, the Cougars played their first season at the Border Cities Arena
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
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
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
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
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
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
Stanley Cup
in 1936, defeating Toronto
Toronto
in four games.[26] Detroit
Detroit
repeated as Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champions in 1937, winning over the Rangers in the full five games.[26] In 1938, the Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
became the first NHL teams to play in Europe, playing in Paris
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]

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

The Red Wings made the Stanley Cup
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
Toronto
after winning the first three games.[28] However, in 1943, with Mud Bruneteau and Syd Howe
Syd Howe
scoring 23 and 20 goals, respectively, Detroit won their third Stanley Cup
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
Sid Abel
and Ted Lindsay
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
Gordie Howe
era (1950–1966)[edit] During the 1950 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
semi-finals, Leo Reise Jr.
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
New York Rangers
in seven games. In Game 7, Pete Babando
Pete Babando
scored the game winner in double overtime.[39] After the game, Lindsay skated around the Olympia ice with the Stanley Cup.[40]

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

After being upset by the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
in the 1951 semi-finals, Detroit
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
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
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
Stanley Cup
Finals played between the two teams were decided in seven games. The seventh game during the 1954 Stanley Cup
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
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
Detroit
and Montreal once again met, in the 1956 Stanley Cup
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, 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
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
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
Detroit
made the playoffs for the first time in six years.[76] Park ended up winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.[77] Park was later asked to coach the Red Wings, only to be sacked after just 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 Red Wings added enforcer Bob Probert, one of the most familiar faces of the team in the 1980s and '90s.[80]

Named team captain in 1986, Steve Yzerman
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 Stanley Cup
Stanley 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 Stanley Cup champion Oilers in five games.[87] In 1989, Yzerman scored a career-best 65 goals, but Detroit
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, Darren McCarty
Darren McCarty
and Chris Osgood.[100][101][102][103][104] The Russian Five
Russian Five
and back-to-back Stanley Cups (1994–1998)[edit] In 1993, former Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
coach Scotty Bowman
Scotty Bowman
was hired as the new head coach.[105] In his second season, the lockout-shortened 1994–95 NHL season, Bowman guided Detroit
Detroit
to its first Finals appearance in 29 years, only to be swept by the New Jersey Devils.[106][107][108] During the 1995–96 season, they won an NHL record 62 games. After defeating the St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
in seven games, the Red Wings would fall in the Western Conference finals to the eventual Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion Colorado Avalanche.[109][110] The following season, the Red Wings acquired Brendan Shanahan
Brendan Shanahan
and Larry Murphy.[111][112] 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 the their first Stanley Cup
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.[113] 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][114][115] As a result, the team dedicated the 1997–98 season to him.[115] The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup
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.[115] Superstar acquisitions and more success (1999–2006)[edit] The following season, the Red Wings appeared to be poised to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
when they acquired three-time top blueliner Chris Chelios
Chris Chelios
from his hometown Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
in March 1999.[116][117] Also acquired at the trade deadline were defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, winger Wendel Clark, and goaltender Bill Ranford.[117] Despite high aspirations, however, Detroit
Detroit
would end up losing in the Western Conference semi-finals to Colorado in six games.[118] 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.[119][120]

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.[121][122] During the ensuing offseason, the team acquired goaltender Dominik Hasek (the defending Vezina Trophy
Vezina Trophy
winner) and forwards Luc Robitaille
Luc Robitaille
and Brett Hull.[123][124][125] Russian prospect Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
also joined the team.[126] 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
Vancouver Canucks
and St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
in rounds one and two.[127] 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
Conn Smythe Trophy
as the playoffs' MVP.[127] Bowman and Hasek both retired after the season.[128][129] The off-season saw the Red Wings promote associate coach Dave Lewis to the head coach position after Bowman's retirement.[130] In the market for a new starting goaltender after Hasek's retirement, they signed Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
from the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
to a three-year, $24 million deal.[131] Also new to the lineup was highly-touted Swedish prospect Henrik Zetterberg.[132] 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.[133][134][135] The Mighty Ducks shocked the hockey world when they swept the Red Wings in four games en route to a Finals appearance.[135][136][137] In the offseason, long time Red Wing Fedorov signed with the Mighty Ducks as a free agent.[138] Additionally, Hasek opted to come out of retirement and join the Red Wings for the 2003–04 season.[139] Joseph, despite being one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, spent part of the season in the minor leagues.[140] Hasek himself would be sidelined with a groin injury.[141] Notwithstanding, the Red Wings would finish atop of the Central Division and the NHL standings.[142][143] 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
Calgary
Flames.[144] The teams split the first four games, and headed to Detroit
Detroit
for a pivotal Game 5, which the Red Wings lost 1–0.[145] They were then eliminated two nights later in Calgary
Calgary
by the same score, in overtime.[146] The Red Wings did not play in the 2004–05 season due to the lockout, which cancelled the entire NHL season.[147] On July 15, 2005, Mike Babcock, former head coach in Anaheim, became the new head coach for the Red Wings.[148] On November 21, 2005, defenseman Jiri Fischer went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators.[149] The game was cancelled because of his injury and was made up on January 23, 2006.[150] This was the first time in NHL history a game had been post-poned due to an injury.[151] 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.[150] The Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophy
with a 58–16–8 record, earning them 124 points and secured home ice advantage for the entire playoffs.[152][153] They opened the 2006 playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers
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.[154][155] Continuing the shakeup of the Red Wings roster, the off-season saw the departure of Brendan Shanahan, the return of Dominik Hasek and the retirement of Steve Yzerman.[156][141][157] Yzerman retired with the additional distinction of having been the longest-serving team captain in NHL history.[158] 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 Nicklas Lidstrom as the new captain.[159] The team retired Yzerman's jersey number 19 on January 2, 2007.[160][161] 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
Presidents' Trophy
because they had more wins.[162][163][164] Detroit
Detroit
advanced to the third round of the 2007 playoffs after defeating Calgary
Calgary
and the San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
both in six games, coming back to win three-straight after the Sharks had a 2–1 series lead.[165][166][167] The Red Wings would then lose to the eventual Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
in the Western Conference finals in six games.[135][168] To start the 2007–08 campaign, Zetterberg recorded at least a point in each of Detroit's first 17 games, setting a club record.[169] The Wings cruised to the playoffs, where they faced the Nashville Predators.[170] After goaltender Dominik Hasek played poorly in Games 3 and 4 of the series, both losses, head coach Mike Babcock
Mike Babcock
replaced him with Chris Osgood.[171] 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.[172][173] 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
Stanley Cup
in 11 years.[173] Zetterberg scored the winning goal in the decisive game, and was also named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Conn Smythe Trophy
as the most valuable player of the playoffs.[173] It was the first time a team captained by a non-North American player (Lidstrom) won the Stanley Cup.[174] On July 2, 2008, the Red Wings announced the signing of Marian Hossa.[175] On January 1, 2009, the Red Wings played the Chicago Blackhawks in the second NHL Winter Classic
NHL Winter Classic
at Chicago's Wrigley Field, defeating them 6–4.[176] 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.[177][178] In the playoffs, the Red Wings swept the Columbus Blue Jackets, then defeated the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
in a hard-fought seven game series.[179][180] They took on the vastly improved Chicago Blackhawks in the conference finals, winning in five games.[181] The Red Wings would face the Pittsburgh Penguins
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.[182] The Red Wings became only the second NHL team to lose the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
at home in Game 7.[183] The Red Wings began the 2009–10 NHL season
2009–10 NHL season
in Stockholm, losing both games to the St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
4–3 and 5–3 respectively.[184] 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.[185][186] 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
Valtteri Filppula
and Niklas Kronwall.[185] After the Olympic break, Detroit
Detroit
posted a record of 13–3–2 and earned 28 points, the most by any team in the NHL.[187] This run helped them secure the fifth playoff seed in the Western Conference.[188] Detroit
Detroit
won their first-round playoff series over the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games.[189] In the second round, they would be defeated by the San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
in five games.[190] A healthier Red Wings team finished the 2010–11 NHL season
2010–11 NHL season
with a 47–25–10 record and 104 points to win the Central Division title.[191] They once again faced the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs, this time sweeping them 4–0.[192] 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.[193][194] The Red Wings lost Game 7 to the Sharks by a score of 3–2 and were eliminated.[195] During the 2011 off-season, Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski retired.[196] Detroit
Detroit
soon signed free agent defenseman Ian White to take his place.[197] Long-time Red Wings Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
and Kris Draper also announced their retirement from hockey, with both soon taking positions within the club.[198][199] Detroit
Detroit
signed goaltender Ty Conklin for his second tour of duty with the team.[200] 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.[201][202] The Red Wings then added a patch to the left arm of their uniforms with the trio's initials.[203] During the season, the Red Wings won an NHL-record 23 consecutive home games.[204][205] The Red Wings also made the NHL playoffs, extending their streak of 21-straight playoff appearances, as the fifth seed.[206][207] They were defeated in five games by their opening round opponent, the Nashville Predators.[208] On May 31, 2012, Nicklas Lidstrom retired.[209] The final seasons at Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
(2012–2017)[edit]

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

Zetterberg was named successor to Lidstrom as team captain.[210] On July 1, 2012, the first day of the NHL free agency period, the Red Wings signed Swiss forward Damien Brunner
Damien Brunner
to a one-year, entry-level contract; forward Jordin Tootoo
Jordin Tootoo
to a three-year, $5.7 million contract; and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
to a two-year, $3 million deal.[211][212][213] 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
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.[214] They survived a fierce battle that included four overtime games, winning the series 4–3 after a 3–2 Game 7 victory in Anaheim.[215] 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
Stanley Cup
champions in seven games.[216][217] On July 5, 2013, the Red Wings signed long time Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
to a one-year contract and long time Florida Panther Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
to a five-year contract.[218][219] In the 2013–14 season, the Red Wings moved to the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL's realignment.[220] On April 9, 2014, the Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.[221] They would be eliminated in the first round by the Boston Bruins.[222] On April 9, 2015, the Red Wings clinched their 24th consecutive playoff appearance, thus extending their streak.[223] 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.[224][225] Mike Babcock, concluding the final year of his contract, left the Red Wings to become the new head coach of the Toronto
Toronto
Maple Leafs.[226] Jeff Blashill, head coach of the Red Wings' top minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, was named his successor on June 9.[227] On April 9, 2016, despite the Red Wings losing 3–2 to the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
defeated the Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
6–1 as the Red Wings narrowly made the playoffs and extended their streak to a 25th season.[228] They would lose in the first round to the Lightning in five games.[229] On February 10, 2017, club owner Mike Ilitch
Mike Ilitch
died.[230] The Red Wings' playoff appearance streak ended after 25 seasons in the 2016–17 season.[231] The Red Wings won their last game at Joe Louis Arena 4–1 on April 9, 2017, against the New Jersey Devils.[232] 2017–present[edit] The Red Wings played their first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena on October 5, 2017, winning 4–2 over the Minnesota Wild.[233] Team information[edit] Uniforms[edit]

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
Detroit
with the "winged wheel" logo in 1932, and vertical arch lettering for the players' names and block letters in 1983.[234] The Red Wings only wear the vertical arched letters in the regular season and playoffs, while using straight serifed nameplates during the preseason.[235][236] The Hockey News
The Hockey News
voted the Red Wings' "winged wheel" logo the second best in the league in 2008.[237] The Red Wings, like all NHL teams, updated their jerseys to the new Rbk Edge standard for the 2007–08 NHL season.[238] 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.[239][240] When Adidas
Adidas
became the uniform outfitter starting with the 2017–18 season, the Red Wings kept the same basic look.[241][242] 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.[243][244] Those jerseys were based on the uniforms worn by the team (then the Detroit
Detroit
Cougars) in 1927–28.[245] 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.[243][244] 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.[246] 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
Detroit
Cougars during their inaugural season of 1926–27.[247] 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.[248] These jerseys were also worn for their final 2009 regular season home game, again against the Chicago Blackhawks.[249] The Red Wings again used an alternate jersey mimicking throwback jerseys for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic
NHL Winter Classic
against the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
at Michigan
Michigan
Stadium.[250] The Red Wings wore a specially designed one-time only jersey for their Stadium Series game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche
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.[251][252] The Red Wings wore a specially designed one-time only jersey for the Centennial Classic in Toronto
Toronto
against the Toronto Maple Leafs
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.[253] 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
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.[254][255] Fan traditions[edit]

During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
was adorned with a giant octopus, nicknamed Al. This stems from a fan tradition.

Main article: Legend of the Octopus The "Legend of the Octopus" is a sports tradition during Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings playoff games, in which an octopus is thrown onto the ice surface for good luck.[256] During the playoffs, Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
was generally adorned with a giant octopus with red eyes, nicknamed "Al" after head ice manager Al Sobotka.[257] 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
Stanley Cup
at the time. The Red Wings went on to sweep both of their opponents that year en route to a Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
championship. The NHL has, at various times, tried to eliminate this tradition but it continues to this day.[258][259] 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 Red Wings organization that forbade Zamboni drivers from cleaning up any octopi thrown onto the ice; he said that violating the mandate would result in a $10,000 fine.[260] Instead, it was to be the linesmen who performed this duty.[260] In an email to the Detroit
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.[260] This ban was later loosened to allow for the octopus twirling to take place at the Zamboni entrance.[261] 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.[262][263][264] 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

[265]

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

Broadcasters[edit] The Red Wings' flagship radio stations are Detroit
Detroit
sister stations WXYT-AM 1270 and WXYT-FM
WXYT-FM
97.1. Games are carried on both stations unless there is a conflict with Detroit
Detroit
Tigers baseball. There are several affiliate stations throughout Michigan
Michigan
and Southwestern Ontario.[266] The Red Wings' exclusive local television rights are held by Fox Sports Detroit.[267] 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 (select away games that Osgood does 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[edit] Four 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)[268] Bruce Martyn: Radio play by play – 1964–1995 (awarded 1991)[269] Mickey Redmond: TV color commentary – 1979–1981, 1986–present (awarded 2011)[270] Dave Strader: TV play by play – 1985–1996 (awarded 2017)[271]

Lynch called the first locally televised game at Olympia for the original WWJ-TV in 1949.[268] 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.[268] From 2008 to 2012, a second PA announcer was added to work alongside him, first John Fossen, then Erich Freiny.[272][273] Freiny took over as the sole PA announcer following Lynch's death.[273] Season-by-season record[edit] This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Detroit
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]

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Updated April 4, 2018[274][275]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace

7000800000000000000♠8 United States
United States
! Abdelkader, JustinJustin Abdelkader (A) 6.0 !LW L 31 2005 Muskegon, Michigan

7001720000000000000♠72 Canada
Canada
! Athanasiou, AndreasAndreas Athanasiou 4.0 !C L 23 2012 London, Ontario

7001590000000000000♠59 Canada
Canada
! Bertuzzi, TylerTyler Bertuzzi 6.0 !LW L 23 2013 Sudbury, Ontario

7001170000000000000♠17 United States
United States
! Booth, DavidDavid Booth 6.0 !LW L 33 2017 Detroit, Michigan

7001310000000000000♠31 Canada
Canada
! Coreau, JaredJared Coreau 1.0 !G L 26 2013 Perth, Ontario

7001830000000000000♠83 Canada
Canada
! Daley, TrevorTrevor Daley 2.0 !D L 34 2017 Toronto, Ontario

7001650000000000000♠65 United States
United States
! DeKeyser, DannyDanny DeKeyser 2.0 !D L 27 2013 Clay Township, Michigan

7001520000000000000♠52 Sweden
Sweden
! Ericsson, JonathanJonathan Ericsson 2.0 !D L 34 2002 Karlskrona, Sweden

7001930000000000000♠93 Sweden
Sweden
! Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen  7.0 !RW L 38 2004 Vetlanda, Sweden

7001420000000000000♠42 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Frk, MartinMartin Frk 7.0 !RW R 24 2016 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic

7001410000000000000♠41 United States
United States
! Glendening, LukeLuke Glendening 4.0 !C R 28 2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan

7001250000000000000♠25 Canada
Canada
! Green, MikeMike Green  2.0 !D R 32 2015 Calgary, Alberta

7001430000000000000♠43 Canada
Canada
! Helm, DarrenDarren Helm 4.0 !C L 31 2005 St. Andrews, Manitoba

7001350000000000000♠35 United States
United States
! Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard 1.0 !G L 34 2003 Ogdensburg, New York

7000300000000000000♠3 United States
United States
! Jensen, NickNick Jensen 2.0 !D R 27 2009 Rogers, Minnesota

7001550000000000000♠55 Sweden
Sweden
! Kronwall, NiklasNiklas Kronwall (A) 2.0 !D L 37 2000 Stockholm, Sweden

7001710000000000000♠71 United States
United States
! Larkin, DylanDylan Larkin 4.0 !C L 21 2014 Waterford, Michigan

7001390000000000000♠39 Canada
Canada
! Mantha, AnthonyAnthony Mantha 7.0 !RW L 23 2013 Longueuil, Quebec

7001510000000000000♠51 Denmark
Denmark
! Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen 4.0 !C L 33 2016 Herning, Denmark

7001140000000000000♠14 Sweden
Sweden
! Nyquist, GustavGustav Nyquist 7.0 !RW L 28 2008 Halmstad, Sweden

7001610000000000000♠61 Canada
Canada
! Ouellet, XavierXavier Ouellet 2.0 !D L 24 2011 Bayonne, France

7001280000000000000♠28 United States
United States
! Witkowski, LukeLuke Witkowski 7.1 !RW/D R 27 2017 Holland, Michigan

7001400000000000000♠40 Sweden
Sweden
! Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg (C) 4.0 !C L 37 1999 Njurunda, Sweden

Hall of Fame members[edit]

Players

Sid Abel, C, 1938–1943, 1945–1952, inducted 1969 Al Arbour, D, 1953–1954, 1956–1958, inducted 1996 Marty Barry, C, 1935–1939, inducted 1965 Andy Bathgate, RW, 1965–1967, inducted 1978 Leo Boivin, D, 1965–1967, inducted 1986 Johnny Bucyk, LW, 1955–1957, inducted 1981 Chris Chelios, D, 1999–2009, inducted 2013 Dino Ciccarelli, RW, 1992–1996, inducted 2010 Paul Coffey, D, 1992–1996, inducted 2004 Charlie Conacher, RW, 1938–1939, inducted 1961 Roy Conacher, LW, 1946–1947, inducted 1998 Alec Connell, G, 1931–1932, inducted 1958 Alex Delvecchio, C, 1950–1974, inducted 1977 Marcel Dionne, C, 1971–1975, inducted 1992 Bernie Federko, C, 1989–1990, inducted 2002 Sergei Fedorov, C, 1990–2003, inducted 2015 Viacheslav Fetisov, D, 1994–1998, inducted 2001 Frank Foyston, C, 1926–1927, inducted 1958 Frank Fredrickson, C, 1926–1927, inducted 1958 Bill Gadsby, D, 1961–1966, inducted 1970 Eddie Giacomin, G, 1975–1978, inducted 1987 Ebbie Goodfellow, C, 1929–1943, inducted 1963 Glenn Hall, G, 1952–1953, 1954–1957, inducted 1975 Doug Harvey, D, 1967, inducted 1973 Dominik Hasek, G, 2001–2002, 2003–2004, 2006–2008, inducted 2014 George Hay, LW, 1927–1934, inducted 1958 Hap Holmes, G, 1926–1928, inducted 1972 Gordie Howe, RW, 1946–1971, inducted 1972 Mark Howe, D, 1992–1995, inducted 2011 Syd Howe, C, 1934–1946, inducted 1965 Brett Hull, RW, 2001–2004, inducted 2009 Duke Keats, D, 1926–1928, inducted 1958 Red Kelly, D, 1946–1960, inducted 1969 Brian Kilrea, C, 1957–1958, inducted 2003 Igor Larionov, C, 1995–2003, inducted 2008 Herbie Lewis, LW, 1928–1939, inducted 1989 Nicklas Lidstrom, D, 1991–2012, inducted 2015 Ted Lindsay, LW, 1944–1957, 1964–1965, inducted 1966 Harry Lumley, G, 1943–1950, inducted 1980 Frank Mahovlich, LW, 1967–1971, inducted 1981 Mike Modano, C, 2010–2011, inducted 2014 Larry Murphy, D, 1996–2001, inducted 2004 Reg Noble, C, 1927–1933, inducted 1962 Adam Oates, C, 1985–1989, inducted 2012 Brad Park, D, 1983–1985, inducted 1988 Bud Poile, RW, 1948–1949, inducted 1990 Marcel Pronovost, D, 1949–1965, inducted 1978 Bill Quackenbush, D, 1942–1949, inducted 1976 Luc Robitaille, LW, 2001–2003, inducted 2009 Borje Salming, D, 1989–1990, inducted 1996 Terry Sawchuk, G, 1949–1955, 1957–1964, 1968–1969, inducted 1971 Earl Seibert, D, 1944–1946, inducted 1963 Brendan Shanahan, LW, 1996–2006, inducted 2013 Darryl Sittler, C, 1984–1985, inducted 1989 Jack Stewart, D, 1938–1950, inducted 1964 Tiny Thompson, G, 1938–1940, inducted 1959 Norm Ullman, C, 1955–1968, inducted 1982 Rogie Vachon, G, 1978–1980, inducted 2016 Carl Voss, C, 1932–1934, inducted 1974 Jack Walker, LW, 1926–1928, inducted 1960 Harry Watson, LW, 1942–1946, inducted 1994 Cooney Weiland, C, 1933–1935, inducted 1971 Steve Yzerman, C, 1983–2006, inducted 2009

Builders

Jack Adams, head coach and general manager, 1927–1963, inducted 1959 Scotty Bowman, head coach and special consultant, 1993–2008, inducted 1991 Jim Devellano, general manager, vice president, senior vice president, alternate governor, 1982-present, inducted 2010 Mike Ilitch, owner, 1982–2017, inducted 2003 Tommy Ivan, head coach, 1947–1954, inducted 1974 Bruce Norris, owner, 1952–1982, inducted 1969 James D. Norris, vice president, 1932–1952, inducted 1962 James E. Norris, owner, 1932–1952, inducted 1958 John Ziegler, owner, president, 1970–1977, inducted 1987

Red Wings radio broadcaster Budd Lynch
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.[268] In addition to Lynch, Bruce Martyn, Mickey Redmond, and Dave Strader have also won the award.[269][270][271] Retired numbers[edit]

The banners of retired numbers hanging at Joe Louis Arena.

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.[276] Howe won both the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy
Hart Memorial Trophy
six times each and won the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
as a Red Wing four times.[277] In 2007, the Red Wings retired Steve Yzerman's No. 19.[161] During Yzerman's career, he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Frank J. Selke Trophy, the Lester Patrick
Lester Patrick
Trophy, and the Ted Lindsay Award.[278] Yzerman served as Detroit's captain for 19 seasons, an NHL record, and won the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
three times as a player with the Red Wings.[161][278] The most recent retired number is Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5, which was retired on March 6, 2014.[279] Lidstrom won the James Norris Memorial Trophy seven times, the Conn Smythe Trophy
Conn Smythe Trophy
once and the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
four times during his career in Detroit.[280]

Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings retired numbers

No. Player Position Career Number retirement

1 Terry Sawchuk G 1949–1955 1957–1964 1968–1969 March 6, 1994[281]

5 Nicklas Lidstrom D 1991–2012 March 6, 2014[279]

7 Ted Lindsay LW 1944–1957 1964–1965 November 10, 1991[282]

9 Gordie Howe RW 1946–1971 March 12, 1972[276]

10 Alex Delvecchio C 1950–1974 November 10, 1991[283]

12 Sid Abel C 1938–1943 1945–1952 April 29, 1995[284]

19 Steve Yzerman C 1983–2006 January 2, 2007[161]

The Red Wings have also made the number 6 of Larry Aurie
Larry Aurie
and the number 16 of Vladimir Konstantinov no longer available for issue. However, the numbers are not considered to be officially retired.[285] Although Aurie's number was retired in 1938 by James E. Norris, current team owners do not consider the number to be retired.[286] 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.[287] Number 99 is also unavailable as it was retired by the league in honor of Wayne Gretzky.[288] Team captains[edit] All the players who have served as team captain with the Detroit franchise.[289]

Art Duncan, 1926–1927 Reg Noble, 1927–1930 George Hay, 1930–1931 Carson Cooper, 1931–1932 Larry Aurie, 1932–1933 Herbie Lewis, 1933–1934 Ebbie Goodfellow, 1934–1935 Doug Young, 1935–1938 Ebbie Goodfellow, 1938–1941 Ebbie Goodfellow
Ebbie Goodfellow
and Syd Howe, 1941–1942 Sid Abel, 1942–1943 Mud Bruneteau
Mud Bruneteau
and Flash Hollett, 1943–1944 Flash Hollett, 1944–1945 Flash Hollett and Sid Abel, 1945–1946 Sid Abel, 1946–1952 Ted Lindsay, 1952–1956 Red Kelly, 1956–1958 Gordie Howe, 1958–1962

Alex Delvecchio, 1962–1973 Alex Delvecchio, Nick Libett, Red Berenson, Gary Bergman, Ted Harris, Mickey Redmond, and Larry Johnston, 1973–1974 Marcel Dionne, 1974–1975 Danny Grant and Terry Harper, 1975–1976 Danny Grant & Dennis Polonich, 1976–1977 Dan Maloney & Dennis Hextall, 1977–1978 Dennis Hextall, Nick Libett, and Paul Woods, 1978–1979 Dale McCourt, 1979–1980 Errol Thompson & Reed Larson, 1980–1981 Reed Larson, 1981–1982 Danny Gare, 1982–1986 Steve Yzerman, 1986–2006 Nicklas Lidstrom, 2006–2012 Henrik Zetterberg, 2013–present

First-round draft picks[edit] Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings draft picks

1963: Peter Mahovlich
Peter Mahovlich
(2nd overall) 1964: Claude Gauthier (1st overall) 1965: George Forgie (3rd overall) 1966: Steve Atkinson
Steve Atkinson
(6th overall) 1967: Ron Barkwell (9th overall) 1968: Steve Andrascik (11th overall) 1969: Jim Rutherford
Jim Rutherford
(10th overall) 1970: Serge Lajeunesse
Serge Lajeunesse
(12th overall) 1971: Marcel Dionne
Marcel Dionne
(2nd overall) 1972: None ( Pierre Guite 2nd round (26th overall)) 1973: Terry Richardson (11th overall) 1974: Bill Lochead (9th overall) 1975: Rick Lapointe
Rick Lapointe
(5th overall) 1976: Fred Williams (4th overall) 1977: Dale McCourt (1st overall) 1978: Willie Huber (9th overall) 1979: Mike Foligno
Mike Foligno
(3rd overall) 1980: Mike Blaisdell
Mike Blaisdell
(11th overall) 1981: None ( Claude Loiselle 2nd round (23rd overall) 1982: Murray Craven (17th overall) 1983: Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
(4th overall) 1984: Shawn Burr
Shawn Burr
(7th overall) 1985: Brent Fedyk (8th overall) 1986: Joe Murphy (1st overall) 1987: Yves Racine (11th overall) 1988: Kory Kocur (17th overall) 1989: Mike Sillinger
Mike Sillinger
(11th overall) 1990: Keith Primeau (3rd overall) 1991: Martin Lapointe (10th overall)

1992: Curtis Bowen (22nd overall) 1993: Anders Eriksson (22nd overall) 1994: Yan Golubovsky
Yan Golubovsky
(23rd overall) 1995: Maxim Kuznetsov (26th overall) 1996: Jesse Wallin
Jesse Wallin
(26th overall) 1997: None ( Yuri Butsayev
Yuri Butsayev
2nd round (49th overall)) 1998: Jiri Fischer (25th overall) 1999: None ( Jari Tolsa
Jari Tolsa
4th round (120th overall)) 2000: Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
(29th overall) 2001: None ( Igor Grigorenko
Igor Grigorenko
(62nd overall)) 2002: None (Jiri Hudler 2nd round (58th overall)) 2003: None ( Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
2nd round (64th overall)) 2004: None (Johan Franzen 3rd round (97th overall)) 2005: Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
(19th overall)) 2006: None ( Cory Emmerton
Cory Emmerton
2nd round (41st overall)) 2007: Brendan Smith (27th overall) 2008: Thomas McCollum
Thomas McCollum
(30th overall) 2009: None ( Landon Ferraro
Landon Ferraro
(32nd overall)) 2010: Riley Sheahan
Riley Sheahan
(21st overall) 2011: None (Tomas Jurco 35th overall) 2012: None ( Martin Frk 49th overall) 2013: Anthony Mantha (20th overall) 2014: Dylan Larkin
Dylan Larkin
(15th overall) 2015: Evgeny Svechnikov (19th overall) 2016: Dennis Cholowski (20th overall) 2017: Michael Rasmussen (9th overall)

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.[290] 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

Regular season

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G

Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 1687 786 1,023 1,809 1.07

Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 1514 692 1,063 1,755 1.16

Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C 1549 456 825 1,281 0.83

Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom D 1564 264 878 1,142 0.73

Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 908 400 554 954 1.05

Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk C 953 314 604 918 0.96

Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg* C 1,000 326 578 904 0.90

Ullman, NormNorm Ullman C 875 324 434 758 0.87

Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 862 335 393 728 0.84

Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan LW 716 309 324 633 0.88

Postseason

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G

Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman C 196 70 115 185 0.94

Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom D 263 54 129 183 0.70

Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 162 50 113 163 1.01

Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 154 67 91 158 1.03

Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg* C 137 57 63 120 0.88

Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk C 157 42 71 113 0.72

Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C 121 35 69 104 0.86

Holmstrom, TomasTomas Holmstrom LW 180 46 51 97 0.54

Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 123 44 44 88 0.72

Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen* RW 107 42 39 81 0.76

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.[291] 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

Regular season

Player GP W L T OT SO GAA

Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 734 351 243 132 & —

85 2.44

Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 565 317 149 46 036 !36 39 2.49

Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard* 401 199 124 & —

054 !54 23 2.43

Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 324 163 105 56 & —

26 2.75

Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 313 131 121 41 & —

20 2.93

Cheveldae, TimTim Cheveldae 264 128 93 30 007 !7 9 3.40

Stefan, GregGreg Stefan 299 115 127 30 001 !1 5 3.92

Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 176 114 39 10 012 !12 20 2.13

Legace, MannyManny Legace 180 112 34 16 006 !6 13 2.18

Rutherford, JimJim Rutherford 314 97 165 43 & —

10 3.69

Postseason

Player GP W L SO GAA

Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood 110 67 37 14 2.02

Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 85 46 37 11 2.41

Vernon, MikeMike Vernon 42 30 12 2 2.08

Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 45 28 17 8 1.91

Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 54 24 30 6 2.30

Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard* 47 21 26 3 2.58

Mowers, JohnnyJohnny Mowers 32 19 13 2 2.55

Stefan, GregGreg Stefan 30 12 17 1 3.54

Smith, NormieNormie Smith 12 9 2 3 1.32

Hanlon, GlenGlen Hanlon 18 9 6 3 2.58

Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 23 9 12 1 2.74

Cheveldae, TimTim Cheveldae 25 9 15 2 3.00

Franchise individual records[edit]

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

Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings records

Most goals in a season: 65, Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
(1988–89)[292] Most assists in a season: 90, Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
(1988–89)[292] Most points in a season: 155, Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
(1988–89)[292] Most penalty minutes in a season: 398, Bob Probert
Bob Probert
(1987–88)[292] Most points in a season, defenseman: 80, Nicklas Lidstrom (2005–06)[293] Most points in a season, rookie: 87, Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
(1983–84)[294] Most wins in a season: 44, Terry Sawchuk
Terry Sawchuk
(1950–51 and 1951–52)[292] Most shutouts in a season: 12, Terry Sawchuk
Terry Sawchuk
(1951–52, 1953–54, and 1954–55) and Glenn Hall
Glenn Hall
(1955–56)[292] Most shutouts in postseason: 6, Dominik Hasek (2002)[295] Longest home win streak in NHL history: 23 games (November 5, 2011 to February 19, 2012)[204] Most wins in a season in NHL history: 62 (1995–96)[109]

See also[edit]

Ice hockey
Ice hockey
portal Metro Detroit
Detroit
portal

The Grind Line List of NHL players List of NHL seasons List of Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champions

References[edit]

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Tampa Bay Lightning
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