By Tim MahoneyTAYLOR, Fla.
— As the NHL celebrates its 20th anniversary this season, we’re thinking back to when the league first started its long-standing tradition of giving away cars.
In the 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings had the best record in the NHL.
They had two Stanley Cups.
They even won the Cup.
They were a superstar franchise.
So, as part of its celebration of the franchise’s 20th, the league released a series of video clips.
It’s called “Celebrating 20.”
Here are some highlights.
Taylors love to drive, but we’ll never forget the day they won the Stanley Cup.
The Detroit Red Wing is a great team, but it’s not the team that won the 1980 Stanley Cup, says Wayne Gretzky.
We were just as proud to win it, but this was the first time that we had a chance to do that.
We had a shot at winning it, we just didn’t have it.
The Red Wings were going to win the Cup, so it was a special moment, but at the same time, we had to take a step back and say, hey, how about we do something to be even better?
That’s what we did, and we’re still doing it to this day.
And I’m happy for the fans.
They don’t have any regrets, says John Tortorella.
I think that the fans were a big part of it, and the media was just not a big player in it.
But the Red Wings fans were incredible, and they were behind it all the way.
The NHL had a pretty good history of giving out cars to the greatest players, including Wayne Gretza.
So, when we decided to celebrate 20 years of the Red Wing, we were all very happy about it, he said.
We’re excited to have this 20th year with the Red and Blue, said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.
So we’re very grateful for all of the support from the fans, and it’s really cool to see all the new fans come into the rink.
They always wanted to see us win a Cup, he added.
It was just a matter of us making it happen, and when we did it was an unbelievable feeling.
They were great.
I think the fans loved it.
They loved to see the Red in the Stanley, he laughed.
And we’re really proud of them.
We always wanted them to win a Stanley Cup and we always wanted that, but I think it was kind of like a bonus to us.
You always thought that the Red would be a winner and that they would win, but when it happened, it was unbelievable.
We had a great season, so congratulations to them, said Holland.
The fans deserve that, too.
I don’t think anybody would have thought that we’d have 20 Stanley Cups in a row.