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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Detroit Red Wings - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History

Almost all of the actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

1. Detroit Red Wings – The Franchise History
This franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1926. The franchise has been known as:
Detroit Cougars 1926-1930
Detroit Falcons 1930-1932
Detroit Red Wings 1932-Present

2. Detroit Red Wings – Championships/Great Accomplishments
Eleven Stanley Cup Championships:
1935-36 defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 3 games to 1
1936-37 defeated New York Rangers 3 games to 2
1942-43 defeated Boston Bruins 4 games to 0
1949-50 defeated New York Rangers 4 games to 3
1951-52 defeated Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 0
1953-54 defeated Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 3
1954-55 defeated Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 3
1996-97 defeated Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 0
1997-98 defeated Washington Capitals 4 games to 0
2001-02 defeated Carolina Hurricanes 4 games to 1
2007-08 defeated Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 2

3. Detroit Red Wings – Home Arena History
1. Border Cities Arena, Windsor ON
1926 – 1927

2. The Olympia, Detroit
1927 – 1979

3. Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
1979 - 2017

4. Little Caesar's Arena, Detroit
2017 - Present

4. For more information on the Red Wings, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Red Wings Wikipedia site:

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Red Wings season:

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it’s ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:

5. Celebrate the Red Wings' jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the Detroit Red Wings and the history of the Red Wings franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 16 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 16 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Detroit Red Wings YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel .

6. The original pen and ink drawings of the arenas shown above are also for sale.
Please note that the actual original, highly detailed, hand-drawn pen and ink sketches used for the 3 arena images shown above are available for sale as a complete collection to one Red Wings fan. If you are interested in being the one and only owner of this complete and original collection of Detroit Red Wings arena images, please contact me by email and I can explain how they can all be framed in one beautiful piece.

This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 23, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

Many thanks!!!

PS In the summer of 2019, my team and I worked with my partners at Frameworth Sports Marketing and Winning Streak Sports and we updated all of the NHL posters including the Detroit Red Wings poster shown below. They can be purchased from my new website Heritage Sports Stuff. These 8" x 24" plaqued posters are ready-to-hang and make a great gift for a huge Red Wings fan.

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