It’s time to say goodbye to Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Red Wings play their final game there Sunday against the New Jersey Devils, a day that’s sure to be emotional for everyone involved, from the organization to the players, from the arena workers to the fans. Here at the Free Press, we’re trying to send off “The Joe” the best we can, through a nostalgic look back at the greatest moments, plus a recollection of our favorite memories from a variety of perspectives and more photos than you can handle.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the game played on March 26, 1997, between the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche and the Red Wings — a game fittingly played at a hockey arena named after a boxing champion. This was one of the most intense and fierce rivalries in the NHL at the time.