Steve Yzerman was the Detroit Red Wings’ captain for 19 of the 22 years he played for the team. That’s an NHL record. But there is so much more to Yzerman’s career than serving as team leader. The guy is a class act and his persona now defines an entire era for one of hockey’s most storied franchises.
This week, Yzerman was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame by the selection committee in Toronto, along with Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille. There really was no surprise in Yzerman’s selection. But it is wonderful to have the entire hockey world recognize a Detroit player who is so beloved by his fans.
Yzerman was selected 4th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 Entry Draft and spent his entire career in the Motor City. He’s the longest-serving team captain in Red Wings history, having the honor from 1986 to 2006. Yzerman holds numerous team records, led the Wings to three Stanley Cups and was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning Olympic team in 2002.
Below is a video clip that highlights his amazing career. Congratulations, Stevie. We’ve known you were a Hall of Famer for a long, long time. Now it’s official.