The following numbers have been retired from use but are not honored with banners hanging at Joe Louis Arena:
Larry Aurie's #6 was retired by former Red Wings owner James Norris following the 1938-39 season. Current owner Mike Ilitch refuses to recognize this, going as far as to have it unlisted as a retired number in the 2000-01 NHL Guide and Record Book. Despite this, the number is kept out of circulation.
Vladimir Konstantiov's #16 has been kept out of use since a career-ending automobile accident in 1997.
Wayne Gretzky never played for Detroit. His number was retired league-wide following his retirement as a player.