Detroit Red Wings

a.k.a. Detroit Cougars (1926-30),
Detroit Falcons (1930-32)


Detroit Cougars

1926-27
Detroit's first entry in the NHL is known as the Cougars, and their original jerseys feature an old English "D."


1927-28
The Cougars change their jersey, which now spells the word "Detroit" out across the front.


1928-29
The jersey is now plain white with a cougar head below the wordmark.


1929-30
The design from two seasons earlier is reinstated, with the "Detroit" lettering now in a white outline.


Detroit Falcons

1930-32
The team changes its name to the Falcons and wears a color other than red for the only time in its history.


Detroit Red Wings

1932-34
The team changes its name again -- this time to the Red Wings -- and introduces its famous winged wheel logo. The logo is positioned on the jersey so that the wheel is centered below the neckline, making the logo appear to be off-center.


1934-37
A white jersey is introduced for games against the Montreal Canadiens, who also wear red.


1937-40
The numbers on the red jersey change to solid white.


1940-48
The pants now have a white stripe along the sides.


1948-56
The crest undergoes a slight change.


1956-72
The sleeves on the white jersey are now red, and numbers are added to the sleeves.


1972-77
Names are added to the backs of the white jerseys.


1977-82
Names are added to the backs of the red jerseys.


1982-83
The crest is enlarged and is now centered. But the most significant changes are the fancy numbers and the vertically-arched name on the back.


1983-84
The numbers go back to a block font, but the name is still arched. Also on the red jersey, the tail stripe is repositioned.


1984-87
The colors on the crest are reversed.


1987-2007
The tail stripe on the red jersey is positioned back to the very bottom of the jersey, and the uniform would not change one stitch for two decades.


2007-17
The team's long-standing jersey design is carried over intact to the new Reebok Edge uniform system.


2017-present
As was the case a decade earlier, the Red Wings made no changes to their uniform design when the league went to a new uniform system, this time from Reebok Edge to Adidas Adizero.


Special Event Uniforms

1991-92 NHL 75th
The Red Wings wore replicas of their jerseys from 1927-28, when they were known as the Cougars, in celebration of the NHL's 75th anniversary.


2009 Winter Classic
The Red Wings wore replicas of their original uniform from 1926-27, when the team was known as the Cougars, as they beat the Blackhawks, 6-4, at Wrigley Field.


2014 Winter Classic
The Red Wings wore special uniforms as they hosted the Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, a.k.a The Big House. The Red Wings lost in a shootout, 3-2.


2016 Stadium Series
The Red Wings beat the Avalanche, 5-3, at Coors Field while wearing this uniform.


2017 Centennial Classic
The Red Wings helped usher in the NHL's 100th year on January 1, 2017, by wearing silver-trimmed uniforms against the Maple Leafs at BMO Field in Toronto. The Red Wings lost in overtime, 5-4.


2021 Reverse Retro
With only one color to work with, the Red Wings had a challenge on its hands in coming up with a Reverse Retro uniform. So they took their original white jerseys from prior to 1961 and substituted the red stripes with silver from their Centennial Classic uniform.