The Cougars changed their name to the Red Wings. The Cougars won the Stanley Cup in 1925 and made an appearance in the final round in ’26. The 1927 season was completely different, the team finished dead last. Aside from the franchise being over $80,000 in debt, they were in desperate need of new talents on the ice.
Major Frederic McLaughlin bought the Blackhawks was also a commander in the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I. The unit, known as the “Black Hawks” was the inspiration for the team name.
The Blackhawks and Red Wings have played more than 800 games against each other, more than any other match up in league history. Those games have created one of the league’s most passionate rivalries.
Fans have ways of starting new traditions, in detroit they throw an octopus on the ice to represent the eight games a team had to win to win the Stanley Cup. “Well, what I did was bring the octopus in a brown paper bag. I always let the people sitting around know what I was going to do. Most of them took the news quite calmly. Once, though, this woman beside me let out a scream. I had leaned over and said to her very quietly, ‘Look, I think you should know. I’m the octopus-thrower.’ She couldn’t take it.” —Pete Cusimano