The Detroit Red Wings were established in 1926 in Detroit and are one of the oldest teams in the NHL. They have remained in Detroit Michigan ever since then, and are currently playing their home games at Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings are a member of the Eastern Conference, and Atlantic Division. Their team colors are red and white, and their logo is a wheel that has a wing extending from it.
The owner of the Red Wings was Mike Ilitch before he passed away in 2017. The team is now owned by Ilitch Holdings, a company that is owned by his family. The coach of The Red Wings is Jeff Blashill who is entering his fifth year in the spot. He has accumulated a 136-145-47 record in that span, only making the playoffs once. The mascot of the team is Al the Octopus, an octopus who represents a fun tradition that the team's fans have. The tradition involves throwing an octopus onto the ice during playoff home games. It was said that the octopus' eight limbs represented the 8 wins needed for the Red Wings to win the Stanley cup.
The Red Wings are one of the first six teams founded in the NHL, known as the original six. Due to that, they have had a long history with many playoff victories. In the 93 years of their existence, the franchise has racked up a whopping 11 Stanley Cup Championships. The most recent came in 2008 led by Pavel Datsyuk among others. The Red Wing's 11 championships are good for third most by an NHL team, and first among American teams.
The Russian Five was a glorious era for the team during the 1990's. The team acquired an entire five man unit from the Soviet National team. The unit consisted of Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov on defense and Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov, and Sergei Markarov on offense. The group raised the level of the Red Wings, winning two Stanley Cups in their time together, the first ending a 30 year drought in the team's history.
The most famous player to play for The Detroit Red Wings was hockey legend Gordie Howe. He played for over forty years. Other notable players include the Russian Five, and modern players: Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, and Dylan Larkin.