James Norris, a grain broker from Chicago, bought the team and renamed it Red Wings after the Winged Wheelers, a team Norris played for during his youth.
Mike Babcock 2005/06-
Joe Louis Arena 1979/80-
1926/27: In 1925 the fledgling WCHL had one last gasp when the Victoria Cougars broke won the Stanley Cup breaking the NHL's stranglehold on hockey's most prestigious trophy. The Cougars would make the finals again in 1926 but the league was dead. A number of East Coast investors would buy the remaining WCHL teams moving them to Eastern Cities in the NHL. The Cougars were purchased by a group of 26 investors led by Charles Hughes who moved them to Detroit. However, an arena was not ready for the Cougars and they played their first season in the nearby town of Windsor Ontario. On November 18th the Detroit Cougars played their first game losing to the Bruins at Windsor's Border Cities Arena. That first year playing without a true home the Cougars would struggle finishing last in the American Division with a 12-28-4 record.
1927/28: The Cougars get a new coach and a new arena as Jack Adams takes over behind the bench at Olympia Stadium opens in Detroit. The Cougars would play much better in their first season in Detroit missing a playoff berth by just two points while finishing with a 19-19-6 record.
1928/29: The Cougars rise continues as they make the playoffs for the first time finishing in third place with a 19-16-9 record. However, in the playoffs the Cougars are blown away losing a total goal series to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 7-2.
1929/30: The Cougars take a step backward missing the playoffs for the third time in four years with a disappointing 14-24-6 record.
1930/31: Seeking a new identity the Cougars are renamed the Detroit Falcons. However, the team still struggles missing the playoffs again with a 16-21-7 record.
1931/32: Despite another losing record the Falcons make the playoffs by finishing in third place in the American Division with 18-20-10 record. In the playoffs the Falcons would have another quick exit losing to the Montreal Maroons 3-1 in a total goal series.
1932/33: James D. Norris purchases the team renaming the franchise again while borrowing the Winged Wheel insignia from a Montreal Athletic Association hockey team for which Norris once played with, and becoming the Detroit Red Wings. The new look would pay off as the Wings finished with a solid 25-15-8 record finishing tied for first place. After losing a tiebreaker for the Division the Wings would win their first playoff series beating the Montreal Maroons 5-2 in a total goal series. However, in the semi finals the Wings would lose a goal series to the New York Rangers 6-3.
1933/34: The Red Wings win their first division title claiming the American Division with a solid 24-14-10 record. In the semifinals the Wings would battle the Toronto Maple Leafs n bitter five game series winning the final game 1-0 to advance to their first Cup Final. In the Finals the Wings would be shut down by Chicago Black Hawks Goalie Chuck Gardner who limits the Wings to just two goals in the first two games at Olympia Stadium. After exploding for five goals in Game 3 in Chicago to stay alive the Wings Cup hopes are ended in Game 4 as Harold March breaks a 0-0 tie 30 minutes in to extra time.
1934/35: The Wings would suffer disappointment coming off their Finals Appearance missing the playoffs by finishing last in the American Division with a 19-22-7 record.
1935/36: The Red Wings would bounce back and reclaim the American Division Title finishing with a league best 24-16-8 record. In the playoffs the Wings would make quick work of the Montreal Maroons sweeping them in three straight games, limiting them to just one goal. In the Finals the Red Wings would continue to fly high scoring 12 goals in the first two games to take a 2-0 series lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the Leafs took Game 3 in Toronto the Wings claimed the first Stanley Cup with a 3-2 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.
1936/37: The Red Wings followed up their first sip from the Stanley Cup by repeating as Division Champions with a 25-14-9 record. In the playoffs the Wings would get off to a fast start beating the Montreal Canadiens by a combined score 9-1 in the first two games. However, the Habs would battle back taking the next two games by twin 3-1 scores. However, with the Cup slipping form their grasps the Wings would win the decisive fifth game in overtime 2-1. In the Finals the Wings would get off to a shaky start losing 5-1 to the Rangers in New York. However, with circus coming to the big apple the Wings would have the benefit of playing the rest of the series at home. However the Rangers still put up a fight winning Game 3 to 1-0 to get one step from the Cup. However, Wings rookie goalie Earl Robertson would turn into a brick wall blanking the Rangers in the final two games as the Wings won the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.
1937/38: The Red Wings quest to win the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row never got off the ground as they struggled all year missing the playoffs by finishing in last place with a 12-25-11 record.
1938/39: The Red Wings struggle agai