Steve Yzerman

Ice Hockey Player

Stephen Gregory "Steve" Yzerman is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Yzerman played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Yzerman.


1965 Birth Born on May 9, 1965.


1985 20 Years Old Following the departure of Red Wings captain Danny Gare after the 1985–86 season, then-Head Coach Jacques Demers named Yzerman captain of the team on October 7, 1986, making him the youngest captain in the team's history. … Read More
1988 23 Years Old During the 1988–89 season, Yzerman recorded 155 points (65 goals and 90 assists), finishing third in regular season scoring behind Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky and also winning the Lester B. Pearson Award (MVP as voted by the National Hockey League Players' Association), and was a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP as voted by the NHL writers).
1993 28 Years Old When Scotty Bowman took over as coach in 1993, Yzerman initially chafed under Bowman's stern coaching style. … Read More


1995 - 1996 3 More Events
1997 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Yzerman put to rest all doubts of his ability to lead a team to a championship as Detroit won its first Stanley Cup in 42 years after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers. … Read More
1999 - 2001 3 More Events
2002 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Yzerman's knee greatly pained him during the 2002 playoffs, but this did not stop him from leading the Red Wings from an early 2–0 deficit in their opening round series to defeat the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues en route to Detroit's fifth playoff series with Colorado, and the third time the two teams had battled to decide the Western Conference Championship. … Read More
On May 1, 2004, Yzerman was hit in the eye by a deflected slapshot by the Calgary Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener in a playoff game, breaking his orbital bone and scratching his cornea.


2005 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Yzerman returned in the 2005–06 season, following the labour lockout in 2004–05, wearing a face shield.
On March 31, 2006, he scored his 691st NHL career goal, passing Mario Lemieux for eighth place all-time. … Read More
…  Yzerman's #19 jersey was retired on January 2, 2007, during a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. … Read More
On January 11, 2008, when the Red Wings visited Ottawa to play the Senators, Yzerman was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. … Read More
2010 45 Years Old In the middle of the season, he also traded for goaltender Dwayne Roloson as the Lightning progressed to the Eastern Conference Finals just one year after the team had not even qualified for the 2010 playoffs. … Read More
2012 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Yzerman was again appointed executive director of Team Canada on March 5, 2012, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. … Read More


2015 50 Years Old On June 24, 2015, Yzerman was awarded the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, becoming the first Lightning GM to receive the honour in team history. … Read More
2016 51 Years Old It was later revealed by The Detroit News in 2016 that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch attempted to promote Holland to make room for Yzerman to become the team's General Manager, but Holland declined the promotion.
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