It was during the mid-1990s when the Detroit Red Wings transformed the Motor City into "Hockeytown."
Between 1991 and 1996, the Red Wings finished in first place in four out of five seasons, including a franchise-best 62-13-7 record in 1995-96. The only problem was the Wings were unable to hit that high note. That '95-'96 team lost in the Western Conference Final to the Colorado Avalanche, one year getting swept in four games by the New Jersey Devils in the 1995 Stanley Cup Final.
Although the Red Wings were devoid of a Stanley Cup since 1955, hockey nevertheless exploded onto the Detroit scene. The Red Wings weren't a one-year wonder that faded away, and finally hit pay dirt in 1996-97 when they plowed through the Western Conference and swept the Philadelphia Flyers to win their elusive Cup.