Built in 1979 and named for Detroit boxing legend Joe Louis, “the Joe” has long been a hockey temple – a place any self respecting hockey fan has been for at least one game, even if their team wasn’t on the ice. The Detroit Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups in their time in the Joe and hold a record of 25 consecutive trips to the playoffs.
It appears the consecutive trips to the playoffs will end this season as we also say goodbye to Joe Louis arena. I have been to many games and concerts in the Joe and while I am sad to see its tenure end, anyone who has been inside that arena in the last decade knows that this is long past due.
The first time the Blue Jackets played in Joe in October of 2000 Brendan Shanahan had a goal and assist to go with Lidstrom’s two assists and the CBJ fell 4-1. I think our final trip to the Joe leads the Jackets back to the win column tonight after getting thumped at home by an underwhelming (though currently surging) Devils team.
Let’s Go Jackets!