Who are us? Loyal fans of the Detroit Red Wings.
What is the day? The day is the first time since the 1989-90 season that the Red Wings were mathematically eliminated from the 2016-17 NHL postseason.
I realize many will observe that the sadness that I, as well as many fans of Hockeytown, feel is just "wining" and misplaced sorrow. And I can't necessarily disagree with that observation; as Wings fans we've had it good. Real good as the following list illustrates:
- Four Stanley Cup Champion teams in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008
- Six Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1995 and 2009, plus the Cup winning years
- Third longest NHL playoff appearance streak, only behind fellow Original Six members the Bruins and the Blackhawks
As a Wings fan it's been a great ride and I feel privileged to have watched the Wings win four Stanley Cups in my lifetime. Hopefully as the team goes forward they can rebuild into a contender once again and bring another Cup home to Hockeytown.
I'm going to see the Red Wings in Tampa tomorrow night and I couldn't be more excited. I'll be sporting my #19 Steve Yzerman jersey, who ironically will be in the building as the Tampa Bay Lightening's General Manager. Tampa is fighting for it's playoff life so it should be a good game and it's possible the Wings could be the spoiler. Regardless, I'll be there for my team.
The Yahoo Puck Daddy blog has a nice piece on the incredible run of the Red Wings these past 25 years.