Detroit Red Wings: Top 15 Moments from the Past 15 Years

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09: Former Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman #19 enters a ceremony honoring Joe Louis Arena on April 9, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in the last NHL game at the arena. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09: Former Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman #19 enters a ceremony honoring Joe Louis Arena on April 9, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in the last NHL game at the arena. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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4. Winter Classic at the Big House

On January 1, 2014 the Detroit Red Wings played an outdoor game at Michigan Stadium in front of a record 105,491 fans.

The leadup to this event featured outdoor games at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.  I was personally thrilled to see Steve Yzerman back in a Wings jersey playing in the alumni game.

My hometown Windsor Spitfires also played in the first ever outdoor OHL game at Comerica Park.  The Winter Classic itself was a windy and snowy affair. My main memory from this day is that they decided to split overtime into two 2:30 segments because of the wind. Henrik Zetterberg was on a breakaway as the clock got to the 2:30 mark. The whistle was blown and that was the end of that.  This was even more annoying when they ended up losing in a shootout.

Nevertheless, this was an amazing day at the big house in Ann Arbor.  It was even voted event of the decade by the NHL.  This was a day to remember for everyone in attendance, even if they couldn’t feel their toes by the end of the game.