Steve Yzerman
Canadian ice hockey player
Steve Yzerman
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.
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Morning roundtable: Stock of Ben Bishop, Dmitry Kulikov among those changing significantly
ABC News - 17 days
Whose trade stock has changed the most in the past week? Scott Burnside: It's more than a bit shocking to see the Tampa Bay Lightning last in the Eastern Conference. But that's where they are. Now, like everyone else in the compacted East, the Lightning aren't totally out of it, but the days leading up to the March 1 trade deadline will be difficult ones for GM Steve Yzerman. Which brings us to goalie Ben Bishop, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and really doesn't fit the Bolts' long-term plans. Injury and uneven play have made it a difficult season for Bishop, but he has turned in two solid performances in a row, including a 28-save shutout of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. With the Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues enduring goaltending woes that could have implications on playoff participation, Bishop's recent resurgence could prompt renewed interest in... ...
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NHL-List of top 10 all-time leading scorers
Yahoo News - 2 months
Dec 22 (Reuters) - The following is a list of the National Hockey League's top 10 all-time leading scorers (total includes goals and assists): Player Years Points 1. Wayne Gretzky 1979-99 2,857 2. Jaromir Jagr 1990-17 1,888 3. Mark Messier 1979-04 1,887 4. Gordie Howe 1946-80 1,850 5. Ron Francis 1981-04 1,798 6. Marcel Dionne 1971-89 1,771 7. Steve Yzerman 1983-06 1,755 8. Mario Lemieux 1984-06 1,723 9. Joe Sakic 1988-09 1,641 10. Phil Esposito 1963-81 1,590 (Compiled by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Larry Fine/Peter Rutherford)
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Lightning lose Stamkos for four months after surgery
Yahoo News - 3 months
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss the next four months of the National Hockey League season after undergoing right-knee surgery, team vice president Steve Yzerman announced. Stamkos had a torn meniscus repaired by doctor Robert LaPrade in Vail, Colorado, and was given a four-month timetable that means he will miss more than 50 games but it would enable him to return for the final month of the NHL regular season. The 26-year-old Canadian center was injured Tuesday in a 4-3 victory over Detroit in a collision with the Red Wings's Gustav Nyquist.
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Steve Yzerman thinks World Cup will help, not hinder, Lightning players
Yahoo News - 5 months
Steve Yzerman on having players in the World Cup....
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Sabres rookie Jack Eichel stays grounded while poised for NHL stardom
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Jack Eichel had posters of some of hockey's greatest players on his bedroom wall while growing up in Massachusetts: Sidney Crosby, Pavel Bure, Alex Ovechkin, Steve Yzerman. The children of Sabres veteran Matt Moulson have their own future NHL star hanging around the house: Eichel. The 19-year-old...
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Lightning beat up on Original Six to reach Cup finals
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Tim Wharnsby The Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 11 years with an entirely new cast and new-found confidence after beating the National Hockey League's old guard along the way. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards helped the franchise win its only championship back in 2004, but there are no holdovers from that veteran-laden team. Tampa Bay has a new owner in Jeff Vinik, new general manager Steve Yzerman, a different coach in Jon Cooper and a totally changed roster awaiting the Western Conference champion Anaheim Ducks or Chicago Blackhawks.
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Hecklers, Hooligans and the Striped-Shirted Maitre D
Huffington Post Sports - over 2 years
As is the case with any human relationship, there are some players and coaches that officials get along with better than others. Likewise, these relationships can change for the better or for the worse over time. As a referee, I generally enjoyed dealing with the players and, to a lesser extent, the coaches. Honestly, I often got my biggest kick out of dealing with hockey fans. As a matter of fact, I have developed some of my closest friendships with hockey fans who heckled me. One time I was in Toronto and there was a man in the stands behind the bench sitting with a stunningly beautiful woman next to him. Throughout the game, he kept up with a running series of heckles aimed at me. Finally, before the start of the third period, I went over to the glass. "Hey, lady," I said, gesturing to the man with her. "Is THAT the only way you can get to a Leafs game? You know, I could get you better seats." Everyone around them laughed. The guy simmered down. After the game, h ...
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NHL is open to future participation in Olympics, key official says
Chicago Times - about 3 years
SOCHI, Russia -- Although the NHL has not committed to sending its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, many players and Team Canada executive Steve Yzerman have strongly endorsed the idea of again allowing the league's players to represent their homelands.     
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Sharks could trade for help
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The NHL roster freeze from Feb. 7-23 while the league shuts down for the Winter Olympics could create trade activity weeks before the March 5 deadline. First off, the Sharks are buyers and there is no way those ticketed for potential free agency at season's end - Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle - are going anywhere now in a deal. Wilson has brought back Brad Stuart and Scott Hannan, players with a known track record he knew would be comfortable again in San Jose. Smyth lives for the playoff season, and it seems like you can never have enough of these guys in the postseason. When the Sharks play the Lightning on Saturday, there could be a little something extra motivating two proud Canadians. Thornton would never admit feeling a snub, but he'd love to have a big game in front of Tampa Bay G.M. Steve Yzerman, who had the final say in selecting Team Canada's roster for next month's Winter Games. If Marleau, with 1,213 career games, plays in the Sharks' remaining 34 games th ...
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Stamkos suffers broken right leg, dims Olympic hopes
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who shares the National Hockey League lead with 14 goals this season, suffered a broken right leg on Monday and will be out indefinitely. The injury means Stamkos could miss out on playing for Canada in February at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, when his homeland defends the gold medal won on home ice in 2010 at Vancouver. The 23-year-old Canadian, the top pick of the 2008 NHL Draft and 2012 NHL goal-scoring champion, was stretchered off the ice with 7:11 remaining in the second period of an eventual 3-0 loss to the host Boston Bruins. The Lightning confirmed that Stamkos has a broken right tibia, but Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would not confirm a TSN Canada report that he will need surgery.
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Top Sharks in line for Olympic berths
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
A handful of Canadian-born Sharks were under the microscope in Detroit on Monday with Canada's Olympic general manager, Steve Yzerman, in attendance. Games like Monday's 1-0 win at Detroit - in which Couture accounted for the score by converting in a shootout - are huge for the Olympic hopefuls. Vlasic displayed his usual shutdown skills on the blue line, and Couture was often going head-to-head with Detroit's crafty Pavel Datsyuk, one of the league's most gifted offensive stars, whose skills typify what will grace the Olympic ice. Other Sharks sure to get long looks include center Joe Pavelski (U.S.) - a slam dunk to make his second straight Olympic team - goalie Antti Niemi (Finland) and winger Martin Havlat (assuming he returns soon) and possibly rookie phenom Tomas Hertl (both Czech Republic). When San Jose returns from its five-game road trip, Sharks' fans will get a look at Mike Brown, the gritty forward acquired from Edmonton on Monday in exchange for a draft pick. Brown ha ...
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Quenneville: Keep fighting rules the way they are
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Coach, Hawks players say it's necessary for player protection The howling about fighting's place in hockey filled hallways, airwaves and notebooks again this week, with esteemed voices such as Steve Yzerman and Scotty Bowman urging that it be controlled or penalized more harshly.     
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Babcock to coach Canada's men's ice hockey team in Sochi
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Reuters) - Mike Babcock will return as head coach of the defending champion Canadian men's ice hockey team at next year's Sochi Olympics, Hockey Canada said on Monday. Fellow National Hockey League (NHL) veteran coaches Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues) and Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) will serve as assistants to the Detroit Reds Wings bench boss. "Canada's coaching staff has a great deal of international and professional experience for the challenge that awaits us in Sochi," Steve Yzerman, executive director of Canada's national men's team, said in a statement. ...
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From 'Kaner' To 'The MancChild,' A How-To Guide To Hockey Nicknames
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
CHICAGO (AP) — The best names in the NHL are the ones that never make the roster. Or get used by Mom. Tazer. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Sid the Kid. Looch (who also goes by Gino). The Bulin Wall. Kells. "There's always someone, or a few guys, that want to call you different things," said Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, dubbed "The ManChild" by his teammates. "I guess it's just part of the camaraderie of the sport and the guys being close. I'm not really sure of the exact science." Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that nicknames are part of the game, a byproduct of both competition and camaraderie. But hockey players have taken it to an art form. From the littlest mite to the NHL's biggest stars, everyone's got a moniker — and usually more than one. Most are simplistic, involving the addition or subtraction of a letter or two. Shorten a last name, tack on an 's' or a 'y' ...
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Ashley Woods: Growing Up Joe
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Joe Louis may be a hulking, windowless, concrete monstrosity of an arena, but it doubled as the best playground in the world for two young kids. Some of the best moments of my childhood were spent with my brother, chasing each other through the concourse, up and down those beer-stained, rank-smelling steps. I remember playing hide-and-seek in those heavy red vinyl curtains separating the concourse from the 20,000-plus seat bowl where the Detroit Red Wings played. And how the stadium workers told me that the fourth floor was full of rats, longer than your arm, who lived for years in the cold. Maybe they just said that so my brother and I wouldn't sneak up the elevators. Those imaginary rats are going to have to find new place to live. On Wednesday, we reported that Detroit's Downtown Development Authority has plans to build a new home for the Wings in the Cass Corridor. The $650 million investment will replace one of the oldest NHL arenas, and also have long-lasting effe ...
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Red Wings Star Gets New Deal
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of this offseason by agreeing to a new deal with Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk and the Red Wings agreed on a three-year contract Tuesday, two days before his 35th birthday, to keep the Russian superstar with the franchise through the 2016-17 season. "We're obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. "This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none." Datsyuk can't sign the contract until July 5 because he was entering the last year of his current deal. Soon after the season ended with a Game 7 loss in the second round at Chicago, Datsyuk said he wanted to stay with the Red Wings instead of returning home to play in Russia followin ...
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NHL To Make Rule Changes
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
TORONTO (AP) — New NHL players might soon be forced to wear visors, and the rest might join that group in the not too distant future. The league's competition committee recommended on Tuesday that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Any changes must first be approved by the league's board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute, high-sticking penalties subject to video review. But the decision on visors was the biggest item. Former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said a "clear majority" of players supported grandfathering visors. But he declined to say what percent of players voted in favor of the change in an internal survey. Five owners and five players reached a consensus to ...
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Kolby Solinsky: It's Time the NHL Makes Visors Mandatory
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
------------------------------------------------------------ We get it, hockey people (myself included). We know you like to act tougher than your players' dress code suggests. We know everything is a tradition for you. We know we can't tell you what a good ol' Canadian boy would do. Before you can say anything, just know this: we know. But, please, please, please... Everybody in the NHL, for the love of whatever imaginary friend in the sky you believe in, WEAR A GODDAMN VISOR! On Tuesday night, young gun defenceman Marc Staal took a blast to the face. The image -- when slowed down, as it has been -- is disturbing, because the puck hits Staal just above his right face and it looks like his face concaves on itself before he falls to the ice in what can only have been an absurd amount of pain chased with fear. Fear for his future. Fear for the right now. Take another look: ------------------------------------------------------------ OK, now, here's wha ...
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Kolby Solinsky: Is Hockey a Racist Sport?
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
-------------------------------------------------- Finally. Finally somebody said it. Finally somebody defended the innocent actions of Evander Kane, and finally somebody said those words we all knew we'd finally hear a hockey player say, one day. It's just too bad it had to be Kane, himself, who said them. "I think a good portion of (the criticism of me) is because I'm black and I'm not afraid to say that," the left winger told The Hockey News. (*The story is set to come out on March 4, said The Sporting News.) He then clarified his statements with a solid one-line just after. "I don't feel like a victim and I don't want to be perceived as one." Now, the defenders of the realm will be quick to throw up their arms and roll back their eyes. Oh, please, they'll say. Not everything is a racial issue. Just because he's black doesn't mean that's why he's been criticized. They'll be quick to point out that he's been flagged for a number of off-ice indiscretio ...
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Sports Memorabilia Reported Stolen from Brighton Home
Brighton Patch - over 4 years
A Brighton man reported that his home on 11000 block of Larkins Road had been broken into on Oct. 1 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., according to a police report from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  Items reported missing included several sports memorabilia including an autographed hockey puck by Steve Yzerman and a football signed by Bob Griese. Other items reported stolen included a picture autographed by Janet Jackson, two coins from Andrew Jackson, an engagement ring, $400 of loose change and a laptop computer. Police say the homeowner had also reported his car being broken into 10 days earlier, which had been reported to the Brighton State Police. According to the report, the homeowner believes the suspect may have entered through an unlocked door leading into the garage, which led to an unlocked service door leading into the residence. Fifteen Smartphones valued at more the $5,000 reported stolen  Fifteen smart phones valued at more than ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Yzerman
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    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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  • 2015
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The team built by Yzerman set franchise records with 50 wins and 108 points during the regular season, and also led the League with 262 goals and 32 home wins.
  • 2014
    Yzerman said he would consider coming back as head of the Canadian team in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Yzerman went on saying, "I loved it, but it was very stressful. Given the chance to represent Canada and be the guy in charge, if somebody offered it to me, I didn't hesitate the first time, I wouldn't hesitate again."
  • 2012
    In 2012, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details The Canadian team he put together went on to win their second-straight gold medal, the first nation to win back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union won three-straight in 1984, 1988 and 1992. Following Canada's 3–0 victory over Sweden in the gold medal game, Yzerman announced that he would not return as the executive director for Canada for the 2018 Winter Games. Played for Canada in: Yzerman was considered a leading candidate for the captaincy of Team Canada in 1998, along with Wayne Gretzky and Ray Bourque. Yzerman had led the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup during the previous season and was one of the longest-serving team captains. However, General Manager Bobby Clarke instead selected Eric Lindros. In late 2005, after Yzerman ruled himself out of a third Olympic appearance, Wayne Gretzky announced that no one would be allowed to wear jersey #19 for Canada for the 2006 Olympics in Yzerman's honor (#19 was later "unretired" by Yzerman when he managed Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics).
    Yzerman was again appointed executive director of Team Canada on March 5, 2012, for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Canada went on to win their second-straight gold medal after defeating Sweden. Yzerman was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, but grew up in Nepean, Ontario, (a suburb of Ottawa, now a district in that city) where he attended Bell High School and played for his hometown Nepean Raiders Junior A hockey team. After one season with the Raiders, the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) drafted him, and he played centre for the Petes from 1981 to 1983. The 1983 NHL Entry Draft was the first for Mike and Marian Ilitch, who had purchased the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 1982. Jim Devellano, the Red Wings' then-general manager, wanted to draft Pat LaFontaine, who had grown up outside Detroit and played his junior hockey in the area. However, when the New York Islanders selected LaFontaine third overall, Devellano "settled" on Yzerman, drafting him fourth.
  • 2010
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For his part, Yzerman was nominated for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, losing out to Vancouver's Mike Gillis. While the Lightning would miss the playoffs in each of the next two seasons, the team would reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, where they were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games despite holding home ice advantage.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On June 23, 2009, it was announced that Yzerman would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He was honored during the November 6–9 induction weekend alongside his former Red Wings teammates Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille, as well as Brian Leetch.
    After turning down the Minnesota job before the 2009–10 season concluded, Yzerman accepted the Lightning job and was named the team's new vice-president and general manager on May 25, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In the off-season, and early in his new reign, he re-signed Martin St. Louis; signed defenceman Pavel Kubina for his second tenure with the team; signed free agent goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year contract; signed defenceman Brett Clark; and brought in left-winger Simon Gagné in a trade that saw Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick in 2011 depart Tampa Bay.
    In 2009, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details The Canadian team he put together went on to win the gold, the first gold won by a home team in ice hockey since the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team.
  • 2008
    Yzerman was voted as the NHL's greatest captain by the fans in the 2008–09 season.
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    Yzerman received another honour when he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on February 11, 2008.
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    On January 11, 2008, when the Red Wings visited Ottawa to play the Senators, Yzerman was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
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  • 2007
    Yzerman had expressed his desire to run a team while with the Red Wings front office since the latter part of his playing career, and had gained experience in running a team through his work with Hockey Canada, having assembled several rosters between 2007 and 2010 for Hockey Canada.
    More Details Hide Details However, after Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, the team's GM since 1997, was given a contract extension to continue in his role, and with his path to GM also blocked by Assistant General Manager Jim Nill, who himself had been given another long-term deal, it became clear that it would not be with the Red Wings.
    On January 2, 2007, Yzerman was presented the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at a luncheon prior to the jersey retirement ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details On January 13, 2007, Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm (incidentally another Canadian–American) visited Detroit and the Joe Louis Arena and proclaimed the day as "Steve Yzerman Day" in the State.
    On January 30, 2007, Hockey Canada named Yzerman the general manager of Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow (April 27–May 13), where the team beat Finland 4–2 on May 13 to win the Championship.
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    On January 2, 2007, the Red Wings retired Yzerman's jersey #19 before a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
    More Details Hide Details As an additional honour, the captain's "C" was added to the corner of his banner to forever commemorate him as "The Captain." The official retirement ceremony was hosted by Yzerman's long-time friend, former NHL goaltender and ESPN hockey analyst Darren Pang, and featured such Red Wing luminaries as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, and Scotty Bowman. For the ceremony, active Red Wings players wore Yzerman throwback jerseys representing the Red Wings, Team Canada (Canada won gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games), the Campbell Conference All-Star Team and the Peterborough Petes. Former teammate Vladimir Konstantinov attended the ceremony, walking across the ice for the first time without a wheelchair since his last game in the 1997 playoffs.
    Yzerman was the general manager of Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF World Championship, which they won.
    More Details Hide Details Yzerman was appointed executive director of Team Canada on October 7, 2008, for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Team Canada went on to win the gold medal by defeating Team USA.
    He won a fourth Stanley Cup as the vice president of operations in 2007–08.
    More Details Hide Details He then served as the team's alternate governor until his hiring as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in May 2010. Yzerman has represented his country in several international tournaments as a member of Canada's national hockey team (Team Canada). In 2002, Yzerman won an Olympic gold medal, making him one of few players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year.
    Yzerman's #19 jersey was retired on January 2, 2007, during a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details On November 4, 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He also became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, his first year of eligibility, inducted alongside 2001–02 Red Wing teammates Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille.
  • 2006
    On September 25, 2006, Yzerman was named as a vice president of the Detroit Red Wings.
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    On September 25, 2006, the Red Wings named Yzerman a team vice president and alternate governor.
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    On July 3, 2006, Yzerman announced his retirement from the NHL.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterwards, Sports Illustrated published a special commemorative edition dedicated to Yzerman entitled "Yzerman: A Salute to Stevie Y," which featured Yzerman's first appearance on the cover of the magazine. Yzerman holds the NHL record as the longest-serving captain of a single team—he spent 19 seasons, 20 total years and 1,303 games wearing the "C." In addition to being eighth all-time in NHL regular-season goals and sixth in overall scoring, Yzerman finished his career seventh all-time in regular season assists and eighth in all-time playoff scoring. He also ranks second in nearly every significant offensive category in Red Wings history behind Gordie Howe, save for assists—Yzerman has 1,063 assists to Howe's 1,020. Only Howe (1,687 games), Nicklas Lidström (1,564 games) and Alex Delvecchio (1,550 games) played more games as a Red Wing than Yzerman's 1,514.
    He scored his final NHL goal, the 692nd of his career, on April 3, 2006, in a game against Calgary.
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    On March 31, 2006, he scored his 691st NHL career goal, passing Mario Lemieux for eighth place all-time.
    More Details Hide Details Yzerman's humility was evident in an interview regarding his achievement after the game when he was quoted saying, "I don't really know the significance. If anything, it shows how good Lemieux is; he played almost five years less than I did."
  • 2005
    On August 2, 2005, Yzerman signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings; this was his last contract signed as a player.
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    Yzerman returned in the 2005–06 season, following the labour lockout in 2004–05, wearing a face shield.
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  • 2004
    The eye injury also forced Yzerman to miss the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow Canadians Joe Thornton (then of the Boston Bruins) and Joe Sakic (Colorado), who each wore the number 19 for their respective NHL clubs and who were now eligible to wear it for team Canada due to Yzerman's enforced absence, both refused the number out of respect for their injured countryman.
    Yzerman underwent eye surgery following the incident, and was sidelined for the rest of the 2004 post-season.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    That fall, Yzerman underwent a knee realignment surgery known as an osteotomy. He missed the first 66 games of the 2002–03 season but earned an assist in his first game back on February 27, 2003.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Detroit defeated Colorado in a seven-game series and moved on to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship in their history. Rather than raising the Stanley Cup first, Yzerman passed the Cup to Head Coach Scotty Bowman, who announced his retirement following the game.
  • 2001
    In 2001–02, Yzerman re-aggravated a knee injury, forcing him to miss 30 regular season games, though nonetheless still finished sixth in team scoring.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, he made the NHL All-Star First Team and won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League's top defensive forward.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    On November 26, 1999, Yzerman became the 11th player in NHL history to score 600 goals.
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  • 1997
    He handed the Cup first to the wheelchair-bound Vladimir Konstantinov, who had been severely injured in a car accident just six days after the Cup victory in 1997.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Detroit repeated the feat, sweeping the Washington Capitals and winning their second consecutive Cup title. Yzerman earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
  • 1996
    Yzerman scored perhaps the most memorable goal of his career in the 1996 playoffs, stealing the puck from Wayne Gretzky and beating St. Louis Blues goaltender Jon Casey with a slap shot from the blue line to win the Western Conference Semifinals in double overtime of Game 7.
    More Details Hide Details The Red Wings, however, fell short of their ultimate goal, losing in six games to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Finals.
  • 1995
    Before the start of the 1995–96 NHL season, Yzerman's leadership was called into question and soon he had to deal with rumours that he was to be traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mathieu Schneider and a first-round draft pick, a deal that was publicized in Le Journal de Montréal as being pushed for hard by Yzerman's former coach Jacques Demers.
    More Details Hide Details Detroit finished the season with an NHL-record 62 regular season wins and were heavily-favoured to win the Stanley Cup.
    In 1995, Yzerman led Detroit to its first Stanley Cup finals series since 1966, but the Red Wings were swept by the New Jersey Devils.
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  • 1993
    When Scotty Bowman took over as coach in 1993, Yzerman initially chafed under Bowman's stern coaching style.
    More Details Hide Details Bowman, for his part, felt that Yzerman was not concentrating enough on defence; Bowman had long expected his forwards to be good back-checkers as well. Relations between the two became so strained that at one point, the Red Wings seriously considered trading him to the then-moribund Ottawa Senators. Yzerman, however, gradually became a better defender and is now considered one of the best two-way forwards in the history of the game.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    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).
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  • 1985
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Demers said he "wanted a guy with the Red Wings crest tattooed on his chest." The next season, Yzerman led the Wings to their first division title in 23 years.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on May 9, 1965.
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