Twenty-five years ago, after 41 seasons of futility, the Stanley Cup finally returned to the Motor City. Red Wings fans never will forget Steve Yzerman, with his gap-toothed smile, hoisting the Cup to cap the 1996–97 season. Or the Russian Five. Or the Grind Line. Or Fight Night at The Joe against Claude Lemieux, Patrick Roy and the hated Avalanche. Or the flying octopi. Or the million fans who lined Woodward for the parade. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of Michigan’s most-beloved teams, the Free Press has crafted a 208-page, full-color, hardcover collector’s book with fresh insights and dynamic storytelling about the 1996–97 Wings. Relive all the drama, the personalities and the glory as Hockeytown once again became Stanleytown.
Note: This book is an unofficial account of Red Wings' history from news coverage by the Detroit Free Press, and is not endorsed by the NHL or the Detroit Red Wings.