On This Date in 1982: Mike Ilitch buys Detroit Red Wings for $8 million

The Detroit Red Wings were simply known as “The Dead Things” after years of being at the top of the National Hockey League. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Red Wings hardly resembled the teams that featured talents such as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk and Sid Abel. All of that began to change … Read more

Report: Detroit Tigers fire 3 employees for drinking beer, fuels belief Ilitch Holdings is cleaning house

According to a report from Anthony Fenech, the Detroit Tigers fired three employees on Monday for drinking. Fenech tweeted out that the employees were caught drinking beer in the parking lot after a recent mask-making shift. He added that this development further fuels employee’s beliefs that Ilitch Holdings is trying to save cash by firing … Read more

9 times Mike Ilitch brought joy to the hearts of Detroit Red Wings and Tigers fans

On February 10, 2017, news broke that Mike Ilitch had passed away at the age of 87. Mr. Ilitch was not only loyal to his teams, but he was loyal to the city of Detroit. Thanks to Mr. I., the Detroit Red Wings won four Stanley Cups and the Detroit Tigers made two World Series … Read more

Ex-Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s best free-agent signings – No. 1

We’re counting down our list of former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland‘s best free-agent signings during his time in the Motor City. For anyone who may have missed a few names prior to our final entry on the list, here are the first four: No. 5 – Luc Robitaille No. 4 – Marian … Read more

It’s past time for the Detroit Red Wings to retire Sergei Fedorov’s No. 91

The Detroit Red Wings are nearly halfway through their third season of play at the new Little Caesars Arena, but the venue isn’t complete. Sergei Fedorov’s famous number 91 needs to be raised to the rafters. The Red Wings seemingly adopted Fedorov when they helped him secretly defect from the Soviet Union in 1990. For … Read more

It’s time. The Detroit Red Wings need to retire Sergei Fedorov’s No. 91

The Detroit Red Wings are moving into the brand new Little Caesars Arena this fall after having played at Joe Louis Arena since 1979. While the new venue promises to be a masterful state-of-the-art new home for the Original Six franchise, it won’t be fully complete without one final detail. The Red Wings needs to … Read more

VIDEO: Tigers pay tribute to Mike Ilitch before home opener

Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner, Mike Ilitch, passed away this past February at the age of 87.

The Tigers unveiled a “Mr. I” logo on the infield grass on the third-base side of home plate. Additionally, the outfield grass was cut with a special “Mr. I” design in center field.

Before the Tigers played their first home game of the 2017 season against the Boston Red Sox, the team paid tribute to their late owner with a special video as members of the Ilitch family looked on.

Christopher Ilitch: ‘The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

There has been some angst among fans of the Detroit Tigers. The thought was that the team would shedding payroll and enter another rebuilding phase, and wouldn’t be able to compete for top spot in the division – much less a World Series title that has eluded them for 32 years. However, new owner Christopher Ilitch … Read more

WATCH: Tigers raise “Mr. I” flag prior to first Grapefruit League game

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

On Friday, prior to the Detroit Tigers first Grapefruit League matchup of Spring Training, the team took the field and honored Mike Ilitch by raising a “Mr. I” flag at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL. He made a positive impact in the world of sports, in business and in the community. pic.twitter.com/LkpxU11WD0 — Detroit … Read more

LOOK: Detroit Tigers reveal patch they will wear to honor Mike Ilitch

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

When Mike Ilitch passed away, we knew it was just a matter of time before the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers would reveal some sort of patch they would wear on their jerseys to honor him. On Friday morning, the Tigers tweeted out a photo of the patch the players will be wearing on … Read more

WATCH: Ken Holland, Mickey Redmond pay homage to Mike Ilitch at Celebration of Life ceremony

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

Early on Wednesday, a very special ceremony service was held in downtown Detroit at the FOX Theatre to honor and remember the late great owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, Mike Ilitch. Among those in attendance was the former president of the United States, George W. Bush. He shared his thoughts and memories in Ilitch, … Read more

WATCH: President Bush honors Mike Ilitch at Celebration of Life ceremony in Detroit

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers

A Celebration of Life service was held at Detroit’s Fox Theater on Wednesday in honor of the late Mike Ilitch, who owned both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Among the guests in attendance was none other than President George W. Bush. The former Chief Executive spoke warmly about Ilitch, and remembered him as … Read more

Miguel Cabrera talks Ilitch, milestones, Tigers’ title chances and boxing in the off-season

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Spring Training is underway in Lakeland, Florida, and no one seems to be more excited than Miguel Cabrera. This year marks Cabrera’s tenth Spring Training with the Detroit Tigers and he sat down with the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky to talk about a few things: Mr. Ilitch’s passing, the window of contention for the Tigers, his off-season workouts, … Read more

FLASHBACK: Red Wings honor Mike Ilitch in first home game since his passing

Before their first home game following the passing of owner Mike Ilitch this past February, the Detroit Red Wings honored his legacy with a touching video tribute. In addition to special jersey patches and “Mr. I” written onto the ice surface, a moment of silence were among the celebrations of Mr. I’s life. Watch it … Read more

Justin Verlander shares his thoughts on Mike Ilitch

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

On Tuesday, prior to his workout in Lakeland, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander shared some of his thoughts about Mike Ilitch. By listening to Verlander talk about his former owner, it is very clear just how much he meant to him, not only has a baseball player but as a human being. [email protected] remembers Mr. I with media before … Read more