Steve Yzerman, retired Detroit Red Wing superstar and gentleman, was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday. He was the Red Wing captain for 20 of his 22-year career, the longest tenured captain in North American sports history.
Toronto --Steve Yzerman stood in the middle of a large circle of media Monday...
"There is such a fine line between winning and losing," Yzerman said. "I came into the league in 1983 and retired in 2006. You win three Cups and you say, 'Wow, it was a successful career.' But the 19 other years weren't so successful.Those 3 Cups hold many terrific memories, but the other 19 of Yzerman's Wing seasons were also special for me. I had a lot of fun going to games at the Joe or watching the games on TV. I remember being at the game when "Silk" was hit in the face by a slapshot, and I remember watching him lift the first cup while watching on TV at Bubbas.
I remember my 7-year-old son sitting on my lap during a Wings game, when he asked me if maybe he could play hockey. "Sure," said I, having no idea what I was getting myself into (11 years and approximately $50K later). So in a way, I would be driving a much nicer car were it not for Mr. Yzerman!
Truth is, I wouldn't trade these memories for anything.