40 days of jerseys #25: Detroit Red Wings (Red)

redwingsredJersey #25 of 40: Detroit Red Wings Red (no name, no number)

Style: Replica
Size: XL
Manufacturer: Pro Player
Obtained: Store purchase, late 90s

I’ve been a Red Wings fan ever since I was a hockey fan. I even used the nickname on a few message boards and chat programs way back in the early 90’s when I was going to school.

The logo is practically timeless. It hasn’t seen much change since the 1930’s. The wheel is synonymous with the automobile industry that defined Detroit, however the logo actually had its roots in Montreal as far back as 1893. The team’s new owner in 1932 purchased the Detroit Falcons and then renamed them after a cycling club he was once a part of.

As aboutsports puts it:

In 1932, a millionaire named James Norris bought the team. Here’s the rest of the story, as told by Bob Duff in his Detroit Red Wings article in Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League:

“Norris had been a member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, a sporting club with cycling roots.

 The MAAA’s teams were known by their club emblem and these Winged Wheelers were the first winners of the Stanley Cup in 1893. Norris decided that a version of their logo was perfect for a team playing in the Motor City and on October 5, 1932 the club was renamed the Red Wings.”
Knoxville Cherokees (ECHL) circa 1988-90
Coincidence or not, the new name and logo marked a turnaround in the team’s fortunes. The Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs in their first season, and won their first Stanley Cup in 1936.

I’ve worn my jersey playing roller hockey, and to several games. Although I have never been to Joe Louis Arena to see a game, it’s on my bucket list.

The Knoxville Cherokees’ first jersey style was copied from the Detroit Red Wings’ jerseys, but this was before I started going to the games. In 1990, they added black to the logo, then changed the jersey to resemble that of the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m still searching for either of these styles of jersey to buy, but no one wants to sell me one…or they ask way too much money.

The Red Wings jersey, however, is not for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Does this come in white?

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