I don't consider it a huge secret that I am a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. I'm also a huge fan of the NHL in general. I think I'm pretty fair and objective when I cover Detroit's hockey team, but, make no mistake, when I'm watching the games, on comes the fan hat.
I feel I need to preface this article with that information, because when I write about the most painful moment in each team's history, there is certainly some subjectivity to consider.
How I felt when something happened will certainly make some people feel differently. After all, opinions are like elbows: everyone's got his or her own and isn't afraid to throw them in your face from time to time. Some fans will see things differently than the rest of the world, with judgement clouded and blind faith aplenty.
There was some question in my mind as to where I would go and how far I would reach to find each team's "painful" moment. I decided to stick mainly to on-ice activity and for the most part steer away from tragedy. There's plenty of that out there to find, but I'll keep away from it as much as I can.
I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer today. I'd like to keep things in perspective, and while we all love sports, it is, after all, just a game.
I will attempt to pick the moment in each franchise that was the most unnerving, gut-wrenching or heartbreaking. I'll apologize in advance for bringing up the past and the unpleasant recall that it may summon. At this point I usually exclaim "Enjoy now!"
But, realistically, you may not.