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Detroit Red Wings: No. 20

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Last year's rank: 13
Title track: 5
Ownership: 2
Coaching: 6
Players: 12
Fan relations: 3
Affordability: 26
Stadium experience: 87
Bang for buck: 56

One of the best-run franchises in the NHL, the Red Wings embody consistency, having made the playoffs 23 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in North America's four major sports. And the Wings aren't just strong on the ice; they have some of the best leadership in sports. This starts at the top with the ownership team of Mike and Marian Ilitch and continues behind the bench with coach Mike Babcock, who has won a Stanley Cup (2008) and two Olympic gold medals (2010 and '14 with Canada).

Other franchises would be smart to follow Detroit's model, as the Wings are smart in the front office, consistently put an excellent product on the ice and have one of the top organization-to-fan relationships in sports -- this year, the team allowed fans to vote on future promotions and utilized fan photos and videos for TV commercials, digital billboards and social media. The one area where the Red Wings struggled was stadium experience, which fell 28 spots to 87th. But with a state-of-the-art arena on the way, this appears to be a temporary issue. Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom might be gone, but with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg still playing at an elite level and the emergence of a new generation of stars led by Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, the good times just keep on rolling in Hockeytown.