Feb. 5, 1980: Longtime Red Wings star Gordie Howe, representing the Hartford Whalers, received a lengthy standing ovation before his 23rd and final NHL All-Star Game. Also of note, this was Gretzky’s first NHL All-Star Game.
June 13, 1987: Detroit hosted the first NHL entry draft held in the United States. Buffalo selected Pierre Turgeon with the first overall pick. New Jersey had the second pick, and they selected Brendan Shanahan, who won three Stanley Cups in Detroit.
May 16, 1996: After winning a record 62 games during the 1995-96 regular season, the Red Wings were pushed to a seventh game in their Western Conference semifinal series against St. Louis. The game was scoreless into the second overtime when Detroit captain Yzerman rocketed a shot past Blues goalie Jon Casey for the series-winning goal.
March 26, 1997: Detroit's Darren McCarty fought Colorado's Claude Lemieux in retaliation for Lemieux's hit on teammate Kris Draper during the 1996 Western Conference final. Patrick Roy and Mike Vernon also went at it in a rare goalie fight. The brawl has been called Bloody Wednesday, Fight Night at The Joe and the Brawl in Hockeytown.
June 7, 1997: The Red Wings end a 42-year Stanley Cup drought with a four-game sweep of the Flyers in the final. McCarty scored the Cup-clinching goal in Game 4 with stickhandling around defenseman Janne Niinimaa and goalie Ron Hextall.
June 13, 2002: The Red Wings clinched their third Stanley Cup in six seasons by defeating the Hurricanes. The 2001-02 team featured nine players currently in the Hall of Fame. It was also the ninth and final Stanley Cup title for Scotty Bowman as a head coach. Bowman put on his skates to take one final twirl with the Cup.
Jan. 2, 2007: Vladimir Konstantinov, helped by a walker, returned to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for Yzerman's No. 19 retirement ceremony. It was the first time Konstantinov took to the ice without a wheelchair since being injured in the 1997 limousine crash that ended his career.
Known as “The Joe,” the stadium is named after former boxer and heavyweight champion Joe Louis, who grew up in the Detroit area. Joe Louis Arena and Madison Square Garden are the only buildings in the NHL without a corporate naming sponsor.
Opened in 1979, Joe Louis Arena is the second-oldest building in the NHL. Only the “new” Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968, is older, but it has been renovated extensively in recent years.
It has hosted the NHL Finals six times: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, & 2009
The first event was a basketball game between the University of Michigan & The university of Detroit
The first Red Wings game was December 27, 1979 against the St. Louis Blues
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