Picture this: an octopus meets Detroit’s “winged wheel.”
Well, you no longer have to imagine it. Twitter users Boyan Demchuk and Leah Fellows collaborated to create a concept jersey (released on Tuesday) that combines the Red Wings’ iconic crest with the unmistakable tentacles of an eight-limbed cephalopod.
I have designed a Heritage jersey paying tribute to the city and region of each NHL team’s hockey history.
— Boyan Demchuk (@Boyan_Demchuk) February 15, 2022
The legend of the octopus is well-known in Detroit. Back when the first octopus was thrown onto the ice surface at the famed Olympia Stadium, it only took eight playoff victories — one for each tentacle on an octopus — to capture the Stanley Cup.
Since the first octopus hit the ice in Detroit back in 1952, hundreds of the creatures have been flung from the stands at the Olympia, Joe Louis Arena, and Little Caesars Arena. 35 octopi hit the ice in the Red Wings’ farewell to the Joe back in 2017.
While this Red Wings “heritage jersey” concept wouldn’t displace either of the team’s iconic primary uniforms, it could serve as an interesting one-off look to commemorate the extensive history of the octopus in Detroit.
What do you think of this jersey design? Feel free to leave your comments below or on WingsNation‘s Twitter and Facebook pages!
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