Detriot Red Wings " Hockeytown" Game Day Series by Jeremy Bresciani
Double matted with a v-groove and a 1 1/4 inch brushed black frame.
Finished framed size is 22" x 18"
This piece captures the thrill of being a Red Wings fan on game day as you walk toward both the Olympia Stadium (left) and the Joe Louis Arena (right). I merged the two arenas to capture the complete history of the team. Ghosted in the sky above the arenas are eight of the many great players that have captured the hearts of Wings' fans since their inaugural season in 1926. From left to right: Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Alex Delvecchio, Sergei Fedorov, Niklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Fan jersey numbers pay tribute to these players as well as many more, while also representing all incarnations of jersey design throughout Wings' history, including their early years when they were known as the Cougars and then Falcons. Head ice manager and zamoboni driver at Joe Louis Arena, Al Sobotka, welcomes fans to the game on the right while swinging an octopus over his head in celebration of a tradition that dates back to 1952. A young fan in the center also carries a toy "Al" octopus, the Red Wings unofficial mascot. I included two octopus (16 tentacles) in this artwork to symbolize the 16 playoff wins an NHL team needs to win the Stanley Cup. In final tribite to the octopus tradition, the fan wearing #8 is also wearing a cap bearing the logo of Superior Fish Company, a fish market store that carries the O-Fish-Al Octopi Supply. The fan wearing legendary tough guy, Bob Probert's #24 also sports a cap bearing a skull & crossed-hockey sticks logo found on one of Probert's game worn t-shirts. RIP Mr. Probert. The fan wearing Gordie Howe's #9 jersey is also sporting a "Mr. Hockey" cap. The large flag on the left, in front of Olympia Stadium bears the logo of the Detroit Cougars while the large red flag on the right in front of the Joe bears the current logo of the Red Wings. The billboard in front Olympia Stadium announces the first game the Red Wings (bearing that name) played at the Olympia Stadium.