I have been a Red Wings fan since 1998 partly due to the glory days.
I came to the United States from Serbia in 1997 and had never followed hockey in my life. Then the playoffs for the NHL started and I fell in love with the sport. The speed of the ice, the creativity of the players was beautiful.
Why the Red Wings? While they were the best team the latter part of that decade I feel in love with the Red Wings mainly for four reasons:
1. The team shirt: mainly the logo as well as the team colors.
2. The team identity: the class the team represented, as well as the international composition of mostly Russian and Swede players.
3. Scottie Bowman: the man epitomized real energy from a coach that I would love to play for, in any sport.
4. THE JOE --> a real arena for hockey, where folklore is breathed anytime you walk in.
Since then I have followed the sport on and off, but in the last two years I re-found my love for the Red Wings, even before the playoffs of the previous season.. this past season I went to many games as I could due to me living on the West Coast. It was an amazing experience. This was a true season to be a Red Wings fan.. living on the edge, and hoping the team wins even when things weren't going well. That's when you realize how much winning means. The Helm goal vs LA in the Staples Center will be a memory I will forever hold with me. That was one of the greatest sporting moments I have witnessed live.
For me, the team identity is the most important part of this club. The sheer class and composure the club carries itself with is what all human beings should aspire to. And lastly, being from Detroit is of paramount importance. I couldn't imagine my favorite football team, pardon, soccer team, moving cities here and me still having the same affection. A team is a part of city tradition, and it's instilled within the people in Michigan.
Thus, team identity and its location for me are the two most important things on that list. That isn't to say that other things do not matter. It's just that I consider those two reasons the most important.
Edited by Russian Houdini, 28 June 2010 - 08:17 PM.