Eleven Stanley Cup championship banners now hang from the rafters at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.
Last night’s banner raising ceremony was a reminder to the world that the Detroit Red Wings remain hockey’s most dynamic team — and that Detroit has truly earned its self-aggrandizing title of Hockeytown.
For the most part, the Wings have become the New York Yankees of hockey. A large market and devoted fans have allowed owner Mike Ilitch to maintain an NHL dynasty. Perhaps this year’s championship proved that more than any other because it was the first in the post-Stevie Yzerman era.
Despite the opening loss, the 2008-09 season is sure to be one to remember as the Red Wings shoot for back-to-back championships.