Certain names come to mind when we think of the Detroit Red Wings—Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman—but there are many more superstars of ice hockey who helped the team win the Stanley Cup 11 times from the decade the team joined the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1932 to 2008, the last year the Red Wings won the hefty trophy.
The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the NHL playoff champion club. The league has been going strong since 1917 and in 2017 celebrates its centenary.
The 2007–2008 Detroit Red Wings season was the franchise's 76th season as the Red Wings and its 82nd year in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team won its 11th Central Division title, its sixth Presidents' Trophy and its fifth Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, and it won the Stanley Cup in 2008 as league champion for the 11th time.
Detroit Red Wings NHL Championships:
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The team's name changed for the 1932–33 season from the Detroit Falcons to the Detroit Red Wings, and it only took a couple of seasons for the Red Wings to achieve Stanley Cup success. The acquisition of Marty Barry in 1935 didn't hurt, nor did a team with superb athletes like Herbie Lewis, Larry Aurie, Syd Howe, defenseman Ebbie Goodfellow and goalie Normie Smith.
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The Red Wings were the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive years. Marty Barry continued to be a key player in the 1936–37 season. Other notable players included Larry Aurie, Herbie Lewis, Syd Howe and goalie Normie Smith.
03 of 11Notable players included Carl Liscombe, Joe Carveth, Sid Abel, Syd Howe, goal-leader Modere "Mud" Bruneteau and goalie Johnny Mowers.
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At the beginning of a legendary run, the Stanley Cup win of the 1949–50 season would be the first of four for the Red Wings in the 1950s. The players racking up the score even merited their own moniker: the Production Line, an homage to the Motor City. For the 1949–50 season, the Production Line included players Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. Red Kelly and Goalie Terry Sawchuk were also key to the Stanley Cup success.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Undefeated during the playoffs, the Red Wings' Production Line continued to get it done with with powerhouse players Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio. Other notable players included Metro Prystai, Red Kelly and Goalie Terry Sawchuk. Jack Adams was still the coach.
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The Red Wings and their now infamous Production Line again proved victorious with Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Ted Lindsay. Tony Leswick scored the winning goal that earned the Red Wings the Stanley Cup in 1954.
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The Production Line in the 1954–55 season included Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Ted Lindsay. Again, Red Kelly and goalie Terry Sawchuk were instrumental.
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The success of the 1996–97 season was the result of a talent buildup over several years. Key players included Captain Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Vladimir Konstantinov (later seriously injured in a limo accident), Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov, Larry Murphy, Darren McCarty and goalies Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood. Plus, the Red Wings scored Scotty Bowman as coach.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Key players in the 1997–98 season were once again Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Larry Murphy, Brendan Shanahan and Goalie Chris Osgood. Vyacheslav Kozlov also proved valuable, as did Martin LaPointe, who scored the goal that secured the cup.
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Key players during the season and playoffs included Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brett Hull, Sergei Fedorov and goalie Dominic Hasek.
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The start of a new dynasty? In addition to experienced veterans Nicklas Lidstrom and goalie Chris Osgood, key players included Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and goalie Dominik Hasek.