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‘Hockeytown’ Is 25 Years Old

from Ethan Sears of DetroitRedWings.com,

Twenty-five years ago last Saturday - October 9, 1996 - the Detroit Red Wings officially launched their Hockeytown campaign.

In the run-up to that day, the Red Wings had alerted media by sending a package with five items, all of them with the phrase "Hockeytown" superimposed over the Winged Wheel logo. The Red Wings started that season on the road, and beat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-3, on Oct. 9 to move to 2-1 on that season.

But at their home opener four days later, the Red Wings officially kicked off the Hockeytown campaign with a 9-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

You probably know much of the history from there: Four Stanley Cup titles, an unprecedented playoff streak and a fan base that has lived up to the Hockeytown moniker in every way.

Starting with the run-up to the campaign, here are 25 top moments of the Hockeytown era, in chronological order:

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com