The men who buried the Dead Wings

Excerpt from “On the Clock: Behind the Scenes with the Detroit Red Wings at the NHL Draft “ by Helene St. James

The 1983 draft brought life back to the Red Wings. It marked a turning point after a decade of poor talent development and poorer finishes in the standings, distancing the club from the dismal days of the 1970s, when the team was so awful it spurred the sobriquet the “Dead Wings.” It yielded The Captain and the Bruise Brothers and an enigma from the Czech Republic. 

It used to be the first draft for the team of men who had breathed hope into the franchise the earlier summer season. Mike Ilitch purchased the Wings in early June 1982, too overdue to put in his personal other people prior to the draft, which used to be held June 9. 

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