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The history of the Detroit Red Wings extends to the formation of the NHL and its original six teams. The Detroit Red Wings crest logo reflects the city's automobile industry influence. Success seemed to come easy to Detroit's hockey franchise as they were blessed over the years with the great play of Gordie Howe and his production lines. However, the 1983-1984 Red Wings were looking to end a playoff drought that saw them make the playoffs just twice in the expansion era. Led by a young rookie, who sported the captain C, the Red Wings reached the playoffs and would regain the consistent style of play that they were originally known for.