An Original Six franchise, the Detroit Red Wings have been a “streaky” team as they have had periods of either feast or famine.
Beginning in 1926 as the Cougars, the team was renamed the Falcons before adopting the Red Wings moniker in 1932. Detroit would win two Stanley Cups that decade (1936 & 1937), with another in 1943, then after a drop, would rebound in the 1950s led by Gordie Howe. The Red Wings won Cups in 1950, 1952, 1954 & 1955, and were arguably a league-dynasty.
After years of heartache, it was not until the arrival of Steve Yzerman, Niklas Lidstrom and the “Russian Five” where their fortunes turned. They won Cups 8 through 11 in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.
This list is up to the end of the 2019/20 season.
Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.