Friday, June 12, 2009

The Etymology of the Detroit Red Wings


Well the big game is tonight and last year I posted about the semantics of sports award names in honor of The Stanley Cup Playoffs so this year I thought I would mention the history of the Red Wings' team name in hopes that the Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup tonight.

The team that has become the Red Wings started out as the Detroit Cougars in the fall of 1926. In the 1930-31 season, the coach and general manager, Jack Adams, changed the team's name to the Detroit Falcons. It wasn't until 1932 that the Red Wings became the Red Wings. The name that stuck came about because James Norris Sr., a grain millionaire and shipping magnate who purchased the team had played hockey for a team called the Winged Wheelers from the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association. When Norris and Adams first met they agreed to call the team the Red Wings and they agreed that the team's new logo would be a winged wheel similar to the Winged Wheelers logo.

1 comment:

Erin Davis said...

So interesting. I would be very interested in baseball etymology, too.

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