We’ve known for a few days now that the Red Wings would commemorate the passing of long time owner and Hockeytown champion Mike Ilitch when they returned home. Tonight they take on the St. Louis Blues at the arena that Mr. Ilitch filled with life for his entire tenure as the team’s owner and have released pictures of the patch they’ll be wearing as they take to the ice:
Mr. I and Gordie being close together is fitting, as both are painful recent losses of men who have created so much of the identity of what it means to play behind the crest of the Winged Wheel.
The design of the patch itself? I’ll leave that up to you.