The Motor City Mechanics had a short-lived existence in the UHL in the mid-2000s. The Mechanics started in the UHL for the 2004-05 season, which as you may remember was the year the NHL lockout cancelled the entire season. That meant the Mechanics were the only pro team in the Detroit market, playing in Redford, Michigan. A number of pro players came to play for the Mechanics including Chris Chelios, Derian Hatcher, Sean Avery, and Bryan Smolinksi. Despite all that talent, the Mechanics would still miss the playoffs in their first season. It got even worse when the team's coach was suspended for putting a $200 bounty on the head of an opposing player.
Their second season saw them post just about the same record, earning three more wins, but this time they would make the playoffs. However, the Mechanics would get swept in the first round of the playoffs, and fold after the season.