Friday and Saturday, Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy and Greg Wyshynski are previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings -- on the ice and off the ice.
Both the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins play in classic arenas. And by "classic," we of course mean "ancient." There are 26 players on the finalists' rosters who were born after both stadiums officially opened their doors. Here's the tale of the tape for the respective homes of the Pens and the Wings.
Other Current Tenants
Mellon Financial money-management firm
Most Famous Events
1990 NHL All Star Game
1991, 92 Stanley Cup Finals
1997, 2002 Stanley Cup clinchers
Cost to Build
17,132 (with standing room-hockey)
Also Known As
#21 Michel Briere
#66 Mario Lemieux
#1 Terry Sawchuck
#6 Larry Aurie
#7 Ted Lindsay
#9 Gordie Howe
#10 Alex Delvecchio
#12 Sid Abel
#16 Vladimir Konstantinov
#19 Steve Yzerman
1991 and 1992 Stanley Cups
1936, 37, 43, 50, 52, 54, 55, 97, 98, 2002 Stanley Cups
Little Known Fact
Didn't have a name when it was dedicated. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette referred it as the "Civic Arena", which was later adopted.
The Detroit Pistons played a handful of games between 1984 and 1985 due to a collapsed roof at the Silverdome.
Originally built as an opera house
University of Michigan v. University of Detroit college basketball game
The extra weight of a new scoreboard in 1995 made opening the domed roof no longer possible.
The tradition of the octopus toss seems to have pissed off Gary Bettman and Colin Campbell. Al Sobotka is not impressed.
First Stanley Cup Finals Game
Age of arena does not generate profit for the Penguins, nor does it attract concerts due to poor electrical.
Metal detectors at arena entrance. Then again, it is Detroit.
Showing Its Age
During a game against Toronto in 2006, there was a power failure in certain sections of the arena.
One of the few facilities without a corporate sponsorship name.
Date of Extinction
None in sight
Jimmy Hoffa disappeared not far from "The Joe"
Welcome to Hollywood
Sudden Death (1995)
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
Best in Show (2000)
She's Out of My League (2008)
Episode of Northern Exposure
ADVANTAGE: Pittsburgh, because it looks like a spaceship, the roof has the ability to be opened (though that might be bad idea at this point) and it's in an area with life; unlike The Joe, which from what I found out is in the middle of nothing.