The Detroit Red Wings will not make the NHL playoffs this season for the first time since 1990.
So that’s 27 years and 25 seasons (lockouts, etc.) in a row. In other words, a very long time. Steve Yzerman scored 62 goals that season, and Sergei Fedorov made his NHL debut after defecting from the Soviet Union.
Does anyone even remember 1990? Here’s a look at what the world was like the last time the Red Wings missed the postseason.
• George H.W. Bush was president
• The Communist Party of the Soviet Union voted to dissolve its monopoly and pave the way for elections, and Gorbachev became president that March
• Nelson Mandela had just gotten out of prison
• The Hubble Space Telescope was launched
• The average cost of a gallon of gas in the U.S. was $1.30
• Liverpool F.C. won its most recent English top flight title
• J.K. Rowling began writing the first Harry Potter book
• Satoshi Tajiri began creation of the first Pokémon video game
• Iraq invaded Kuwait, eventually starting the Gulf War
• Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” was the biggest song of the year
• The first known web page was written
• Home Alone hit theaters in November and became one of the most successful comedies ever
• Total Recall opened in June and made more than $25 million in its opening weekend, tops of the year
• Robert Griffin III was born
• The author of this post was not yet alive.