While the Detroit Red Wings were successfully completing their mad dash towards their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance, something became lost in the hoopla.
This will be Detroits last run for the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. The overly ornate trophy that is awarded to the Western Conference playoff champion and no other Western Conference team has won old Clarence more than the Red Wings -- sort of.
Actually, the trophy has been around since the 1967-68 season and has been awarded to the West Division regular season champion (1967-74), the Campbell Conference regular season champion (1974-81), the Campbell Conference playoff champion (1981-93) and the Western Conference playoff champion from 1993 to this present day.
So, Edmonton has won old Clarence seven times, but since 1993, the Wings' six wins have far out distanced any of their conference rivals. Several teams are tied for the second most Campbell Bowls at two apiece.
This current quest for old Clarence is important for...