Legends of Hockey - Spotlight - Mike Ilitch - Treasure Chest
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(Left) Jacket worn by Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch during the early part of the 1990s. (Right) Illitch wore this jacket seven years later during the 1996-97 NHL season as the club ended a 42-year Stanley Cup drought with a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Stanley Cup engraving featuring the 1996-97 Detroit Red Wings in which nine members of the Ilitch family appear: Mike Illitch (Owner/Chairman); Marian Ilitch (Owner); Atanas Ilitch (Vice President); Christopher Ilitch (Vice President); Denise Ilitch Lites; Ronald Ilitch; Michael Ilitch Jr; Lisa Ilitch Murray; and Carole Ilitch Trepeck.

Official 'House Resolution No. 78' certificate awarded to Ilitch on June 11, 1997 by the State of Michigan, House of Representatives. The document honours the Detroit Red Wings 1997 Stanley Cup victory.

Official 'Congressional Record' from the United States Senate honouring Mike Ilitch and his Detroit Red Wings' 1997 Stanley Cup victory.

Little Caesar's ball point pen used by pizza magnate and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch while signing significant hockey related documents and contracts. Ilitch always makes sure to use a pen from his pizza chain, believing it brings him good luck.

The 1998 Stanley Cup championship hat given to Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch following his club's game four win over the Washington Capitals on June 16, 1998. It took four years for the club to win its next Stanley Cup as Illitch was given this championship hat following the Red Wings five-game win over the Carolina Hurricanes in 2002. It was the Red Wings third Cup in six seasons.