Ranking the Greatest Detroit Red Wings in Each Decade over the Last 50 Years

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Ranking the Greatest Detroit Red Wings in Each Decade over the Last 50 Years
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Some of Detroit's greatest players took the ice in the Alumni Showdown during the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

Over the last half-century, the Detroit Red Wings have enjoyed colossal success as well as debilitating failure.

From their “Dead Wings” era in the 1970s to their back-to-back titles in the late 90s, the Detroit brand of hockey has endured both ends of professional sports' historic spectrum. Each decade witnessed the beginning of new careers, the development of extraordinary talent and the memories that built Hockeytown.

The Red Wings have experienced one of the most impressive postseason runs in NHL history as they aim for their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

With 11 Stanley Cups and 24 Finals appearances, the Detroit Red Wings have been a constant throughout NHL history. Some of the best to wear the winged-wheel are immortalized in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena and in the hearts of the fans. Others represent the character of the city and embody the soul of the franchise.

The players that form this list may overlap in some decades, but are all major contributors to the Red Wings' glowing reputation.

Starting from the 1960s to the present, here are the greatest Detroit Red Wings in each decade over the last 50 years.

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