Detroit Red Wings in History

Events in Sport

  • 1926-09-25 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings
  • 1932-10-05 With new ownership Detroit Falcons officially change name to Detroit Red Wings, and the Winged Wheel is introduced; previous names Cougars (1926-30), Falcons (1930-32)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1933-12-23 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win v Detroit Red Wings; his NHL record 249th career goal

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1934-04-10 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1
  • 1936-03-25 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in NHL longest game (2h56m30s)
  • 1936-04-11 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1937-04-15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 3 games to 2
  • 1941-04-12 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • 1942-04-18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1943-01-23 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1943-04-08 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • 1944-01-23 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0
  • 1945-04-22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1948-04-14 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • 1949-04-16 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • 1950-04-23 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3

  • 1952-04-15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
  • 1954-04-16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • 1954-10-02 8th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia: All-Stars tie Detroit Red Wings, 2-2
  • 1955-04-14 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3, 2nd year in a row
  • 1955-10-02 9th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia: Earl "Dutch" Reibel scores twice and adds an assist as Detroit Red Wings beat All-Stars, 3-1
  • 1956-04-10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1961-04-16 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962-03-14 Gordie Howe (Det Red Wings) is 2nd NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1963-04-18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1964-04-25 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1964-11-14 Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe sets NHL record 627th career goal
  • 1966-05-05 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-10-19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1968-03-03 In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1973-01-28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • 1974-10-19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • 1978-10-28 Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)
  • 1979-10-07 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings
  • 1983-12-04 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-10-07 Steve Yzerman is named captain of the Detroit Red Wings, a title he would hold for over 1,300 games

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 1987-05-13 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1988-05-11 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-04-16 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-06-20 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Washington Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1995-06-11 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1

  • 1995-06-24 Stanley Cup: NJ Devils sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995-12-02 Montreal Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay leaves goaltender Patrick Roy in the game too long, allowing an embarrassing 9 goals in 11-1 rout by Detroit Red Wings; Roy demands trade; moves to Colorado Avalanche and wins Stanley Cup that season

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1996-04-11 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
  • 1996-04-13 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • 1996-04-14 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games
  • 1996-05-29 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 1996-08-27 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 1997-05-26 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
  • 1997-06-07 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep the Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1997-10-20 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 1998-06-05 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • 1998-06-16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat the first time finalists Washington Capitals 4-0
  • 1998-11-12 NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
  • 2002-05-31 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-07-15 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2006-07-03 Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1,755 points
  • 2007-05-22 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 2008-05-19 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • 2008-06-04 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • 2009-05-27 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2009-06-12 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Detroit Red Wings 4-3, Evgeni Malkin 1st Russian to win MVP
  • 2014-04-08 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1924-02-19 Bruce Norris, NHL owner (Detroit Red Wings)

Person of interestTed Lindsay

1925-07-29 Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player (Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks), born in Renfrew, Ontario

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay

Person of interestGordie Howe

1928-03-31 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), born in Floral, Saskatchewan (d. 2016)

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Person of interestMike Ilitch

1929-07-20 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • 1931-12-04 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestScotty Bowman

1933-09-18 Scotty Bowman, NHL player/coach (Montreal Canadians/Detroit Red Wings), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman

Person of interestDarryl Sittler

1950-09-18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings), born in Kitchener, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1957-07-06 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings)

Person of interestSteve Yzerman

1965-05-09 Steve Yzerman, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 2002, Detroit Red Wings), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 1972-05-03 Vyacheslav Kozlov, Russian ice hockey NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1985-10-12 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Calgary, Alberta

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1989-06-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL player Steve Yzerman (24) weds Lisa Brennan

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

Deaths in Sport

  • 1986-01-01 Bruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (b. 1924)
  • 2000-02-08 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • 2007-01-03 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)

Person of interestGordie Howe

2016-06-10 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), dies at 88

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Person of interestMike Ilitch

2017-02-10 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch