The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most successful, respected teams in all of professional sports with a rich team history which has given birth to the title "The New York Yankees of Hockey". The Red Wings success has also led to Detroit's nickname "Hockeytown" which was first donned in 1996, although many rival fans and various hockey enthusiasts have contested the legitimacy of Detroit's claim to the name.
The numbers don't lie though... The Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cups, inducted 49 players to the Hall of Fame and have 3 players in the top 6 all time regular season leading scorers. Gordie Howe, aka Mr. Hockey, was a long time Red Wing and led the team to 4 Stanley Cup Championships, and he was followed by Steve Yzerman who played his entire career with Detroit and helped the Red Wings earn another 3 Stanley Cups before retiring in 2006.
The Red Wings were home to 6-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom since 1991, but he retired in 2012, handing over the leadership role to superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who have carried on the Red Wings tradition of excellence in recent years. The Red Wings have only missed the playoffs twice since 1984 and are likely to continue their dominance in coming years as they build their organization from the inside out.