Head to Hockeytown (aka Detroit) to catch the Red Wings take to the ice of Little Caesars Arena as they try to skate their way to another Stanley Cup victory. The team is one of the most storied in all of hockey due in no small to the longest streak of postseason appearances in all of North American professional sports. The Wings have appeared in 24 championship games, winning 11 of those, which is the third-most Stanley Cups of any NHL team. If you happen to pick up an affordable ticket for a playoff game, be sure to bring your most tossable octopus, as cephalopod lobbing is a fantastic tradition that is certain to bring about victory.
After being founded in 1926 as an expansion franchise known as the Cougars, the Red Wings found their current name 1932, which also happened to be the season when the team won their first playoff game. Gordie Howe spent 25 legendary years as a Red Wing and helped bring home 4 Stanley Cups as well as 6 MVP awards. The team went through a dark time during the “Dead Wings” era but emerged from it with the help of Steve Yzerman. He was the team’s captain for 1,300 games, during which the Red Wings took home 3 Stanley Cups and soared again. The addition of the “Russian Five,” who were premier players imported from the Russian Federation, led to another Stanley Cup victory in 1998. In case you were still wondering about the Legend of the Octopus, it started in 1952 when the owner of local fish market decided to throw an octopus on the ice for good luck, which turned out to be true since they won the Stanley Cup that year.
Last year’s team was the first Red Wings squad to miss the playoffs in the past 25 years—and the players and fans don’t want a repeat of that failure. Coach Jeff Blashill and team captain Henrik Zetterberg hope to bring the Stanley Cup back to Detroit for the first time since 2008. Pick up an affordable Red Wings ticket, grab your pet octopus, put on your Gordie Howe jersey, and get ready to sing the “born and raised in South Detroit” portion of Journey’s iconic “Don't Stop Believin'.”