DETROIT -- How quickly they forget.
Only a few years ago, the Detroit Red Wings were the laughing stock of the National Hockey League. The winged wheel on their chests instilled nothing but confidence -- in opponents, that is.
Enter the Frenchman who talked incessantly in fractured English. Coach Jacques Demers taught the Red Wings how to win again.
Demers restored dignity to an organization that had little in the previous 20 years, and his players were grateful. Said one at the time, "I'd step in front of a bus for that guy."