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Detroit Red Wings: most successful franchise of the decade

June 1, 2009

As the Detroit Red Wings rolled to a 3-1 win against the Penguins in game 2 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, they further solidified themselves as the best sports franchise of the decade.  The Red Wings look like they are on their way to back to back Stanley Cup wins as they are up 2 games to 0 as the teams head to Pittsburgh for game 3.   A win this year would make it Detroit’s 4th Stanley Cup in 11 years.  We all know about the Yankees and their 4 out of 5 championships from 1996-2000.  However, unlike baseball, hockey has a salary cap.  Therefore, in an age of dollar signs and money coming before camaraderie, the Detroit Red Wings are the posterchild throughout all of sports.  At least people in Detroit have one thing to cheer about during this dire time.  The economy goes through its ups and downs,(or way down) the weather changes, time goes by, and the Red Wings keep winning.  Owner Mike Ilitch is the pillar of success when it comes to sports owners.  In 1982, Ilitch bought the team for $8 million and eventually turned the team into a contender for the Stanley Cup. After building the team with the help of Jim Devellano, the Red Wings won back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998, fifteen years since his purchase. The Detroit Red Wings’ success would include two other championships in 2002 & 2008.  For the 2007/08 hockey season, the team won the President’s Trophy for the best record in the NHL for the sixth time – the most of any NHL team. They also made the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons and have won the Stanley Cup 4 times under Ilitch’s reign as owner.  He is up there in the elite class of George Steinbrenner, Jerry Buss and Dan Rooney as one of the best owners throughout sports history.

Mikeyrolls

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  1. June 6, 2009 9:14 am

    WOWW It is a good thing for me. Thanks. ^_^

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