New plans have been announced by Olympia Entertainment for a 14 story hotel adjacent from Little Caesars Arena has been announced with a projected completion date for 2026. And a few fans were quick to notice one particular aspect of the rendering, most notably the good folks over at the popular Grind Line Podcast.
If you look closely, you can see a Sergei Fedorov mural on the side of LCA in the rendering. Take a look at the GLP tweet below for an enhanced look:
While it's pure speculation, could this be a subtle hint that the Red Wings could soon be preparing for a jersey retirement ceremony?
There's been a long ongoing debate amongst Red Wings fans regarding the reason why Fedorov hasn't had his No. 91 jersey retired by the organization that he starred for and helped bring three Stanley Cup titles to the city.
Fans will remember that Fedorov,bolted from the Detroit Red Wings to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the summer of 2003 after 13 years in Hockeytown. Upon his return to Joe Louis Arena in December of 2003, he was mercilessly booed by the Red Wings faithful every time he touched the puck, and was viewed as an enemy.
Fedorov had also nearly left shortly after Detroit's 1997 Stanley Cup win when he signed a major offer-sheet from the Carolina Hurricanes that was soon matched. One particular prevailing theory amongst fans and some pundits is that the Ilitch family never forgave Fedorov for signing the Carolina offer sheet as well as his leaving in 2003, and that 91 will never hang from the rafters as long as they own the team.
But in recent years, the fractured relationship between Fedorov and the Red Wings appears to have healed. He once again donned the Red Wings jersey for the team alumni game prior to the 2014 Winter Classic, as well as 2017 NHL Centennial Classic Alumni Game. Both times, he was warmly received by Red Wings fans in the crowd. He also dropped the ceremonial first puck prior to a game against the Washington Capitals in 2015, again to a warm reception.
Could we soon see another well-deserved and long overdue number retired to the rafters at LCA?