Detroit Red Wings, American expert ice hockey group situated in Detroit. The group was established in 1926 and plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Red Wings, one of the "First Six" groups that made up the NHL from 1942 until the alliance's extension in 1967, are one of hockey's most seasoned establishments as well as a standout amongst its best groups, having won 11 Stanley Cups.
The Red Wings experienced early accomplishment during the 1930s, driven by mentor and possible general chief Jack Adams. The group won its first Stanley Cup against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1935–36 season, trailed by a recurrent triumph the next year. These early Red Wings groups featured future Hall of Fame part Syd Howe, who was additionally part of the Red Wings' 1942–43 Stanley Cup-winning squad.
Conservative Gordie Howe and goaltender Terry Sawchuk, two of hockey's untouched extraordinary players, drove the group to its most prominent accomplishment all through the 1950s, when they won Stanley Cups in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. That period was trailed by a droop that featured just two playoff compartments between the 1966–67 and 1982–83 NHL seasons, acquiring the group the epithet "The Dead Wings."
Detroit drafted focus Steve Yzerman in 1983 and came back to the playoffs the following year. The turnaround was not finished until the 1987–88 season, when, alongside advances Bob Probert and Petr Klima, Yzerman drove the Red Wings to their first divisional title in 23 years. The 1990s saw the appearance of the "Russian Five," made up of Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Igor Larionov, and Slava Fetisov. The Russian Five collaborated with Yzerman, left wing Brendan Shanahan, and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom under the initiative of mentor Scotty Bowman to take Detroit consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1996–97 and (without Konstantinov) 1997–98 NHL seasons. Dominik Hašek and Brett Hull, both veteran free-specialist acquisitions and continuous All-Stars, were featured in a group that won another Stanley Cup in the 2001–02 season.
Lidstrom, goalie Chris Osgood, and left wing Henrik Zetterberg were headliners in the group that won the 2007–08 Stanley Cup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The accompanying season Lidstrom, Osgood, and Zetterberg, alongside focus Pavel Datsyuk (who completed fourth in the group with 97), helped lead the Red Wings to a rematch with the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals, however the Red Wings lost in seven recreations. During the 2011–12 season Detroit won a record-setting 23 back to back home recreations.
As a feature of a NHL realignment, the Red Wings moved from the Western Conference toward the Eastern after the 2012–13 season. The Red Wings' initial three seasons in the Eastern Conference all finished in first-round playoff disposals. In 2016–17 the group's dash of 25 continuous postseason appearances (which was tied for the third longest playoff extend in NHL history) finished. Detroit neglected to make the playoffs the following two seasons, and in 2019 the group hired Yzerman as its general supervisor; he had recently filled in as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning and was credited with turning that establishment around.