Steve Yzerman (2014)

Hockey Accomplishments

  • Played 22 seasons in the NHL, all for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Vice-president and general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning since 2010
  • Served as vice-president of the Detroit Red Wings from 2007-10
  • Executive director for Canada for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
  • Served as executive director/general manager for Canada for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the 2007, 2008 and 2013 IIHF World Championships, leading Canada to two gold medals and one silver;
  • Appeared for Canada internationally as a player on eight occasions, including two Olympic Winter Games, two World Cups of Hockey, three World Championships and one World Junior Championship
  • Selected to play for Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, but could not play due to injury
  • Was captain of the Detroit franchise for the final 20 seasons of his playing career, the longest-serving captain for a team in NHL history   
  • Holds all-time franchise records for assists (1,063), shorthanded goals (48), single-season goals (65), single-season assists (90) and single-season points (155)
  • Stands sixth in NHL history in points, eighth in goals and seventh in assists
  • Won three Stanley Cups with Detroit (1997, 1998, 2002)
  • Won Olympic gold with Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, where he also served as an alternate captain  
  • Won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs, in 1998
  • Played in nine NHL All-Star Games (1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000)
  • Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1999-00
  • Won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 1999-00
  • Won the Bill Masterton Trophy,  as the NHL player who best exemplified perseverance and dedication to hockey, in 2002-03
  • Won the Lester B. Pearson Award, as the NHL’s most outstanding player, as voted by the members of the NHLPA, in 1997-98
  • Won silver medals with Canada at the 1985 and 1989 IIHF World Championships
  • Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1983-94
  • Won a bronze medal with Canada at the 1983 IIHF World Junior Championship

Additional Background

  • Born on May 9, 1965 in Cranbrook, B.C., but raised in Nepean, Ont.
  • He and his wife Lisa have three daughters, Isabella, Maria and Sophia
  • Wore # 19 as a player, because his idol was Bryan Trottier

Honours

  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
  • His number 19 was retired by the Red Wings in 2007, joining Detroit legends Terry Sawchuk, Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio and Sid Able
  • An arena at the Nepean Sportsplex was named in his honour
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