Monday, July 03, 2006

Hockey Icon Retires: Steve Yzerman

Steve Hoists the Cup in 1998

It's a sad in Hockey and for Detroit. After 22 seasons, Steve Yzerman (age 41) captain of the Red Wings has hung up his skates. Steve Yzerman played his entire career as a Red Wing, and served 19 years as their captain; receiving the role at the early age of 21.

Steve Announced his Retirement

Over his career Steve scored an impressive 692 goals and 1,755 points, which ranks him the seventh best among all NHL players. Yzerman hoisted the Stanley Cup and impressive three times: 1997,1998, and 2002.

More than the records, Steve Yzerman was a leader who played his heart out every game. Horrific injuries never stopped the captain. After winning the cup and leading Canada to Olympic gold, he underwent a gruesome surgery; his leg bone was sawed in half and realigned just so he could continue playing. He was back the following season leading the team he help build.

Hoisting the cup in 1997

Professional sport players come and go, but Yzerman will be remembered fondly in Detroit and in the hockey world. He showcased sportsmanship, humbleness, hard work, and determination. His grit and spirit represents the blue collar spirit of Detroiters. He never complained about the tough times, he just worked harder to overcome the obstacles.

Yzerman, shakes hand with owner Mike Illitch s after Yzerman was drafted in 1983.

Thank you for the fond memories Stevie. I hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement. I know you will be remembered fondly in hockey town forever.

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Blogger Sarah said...

Great post. It is a sad day for Detroit and Red Wings fans, but also a day to remember all that Yzerman accomplished!

7/03/2006 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger melanaise said...

wow, cool, I am an american aries too..tom, mike, did you know that (sorry to be off topic) your bank account listing for poor Sarah Piper is exactly what is in mine today...*twilight zone music*

And I smile...just enough for drinking myself stupid on the Fourth!! Throw in a hat for the doc tomorrow, and the ghost too...ya got to, every tuesday..it will be a beautiful moment in time when A Ghost and a Muppet win my award. *grin*

FYI, the STD comment was PRICELESS!!!

7/03/2006 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Tom G said...

Great post Mike! Just remember all the great things Yzerman did.

7/04/2006 07:43:00 PM  

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