Just hours after I posted my proposal for a Mike Ilitch memorial patch, the Red Wings unveiled what the team will actually wear.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 15, 2017
Surprising no one, it’s another “text-in-a-box” patch.
Since the 1998 season and the “Believe” patch, the Red Wings have unveiled six special event patches. The 75th anniversary design was worn only for a few games. The “Farewell to the Joe” patch was abandoned. All of the rest (the BM/RS/SL patch, jersey retirement patches for Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom, and memorial patches for Gordie Howe and Mike Ilitch) have been some form of text inside a box.
I think it’s lazy and not a fitting tribute.