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Yzerman expected to get Hall call today

BY GEORGE SIPPLE • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • June 23, 2009

Barry Sanders. Isiah Thomas. Steve Yzerman.

This afternoon, Yzerman, 44, should join Detroit's sporting icons of the last generation as a Hall of Famer.

And when the Hockey Hall of Fame announces its class of 2009, two other members of Yzerman's 2002 Stanley Cup team could join him: Brett Hull, who has more goals than any other American, and Luc Robitaille, who has more goals than any other left wing.

A maximum of four players can be voted in, and Yzerman, Hull and defenseman Brian Leetch are considered locks by many pundits. Alexander Mogilny and Dave Andreychuk are other first-time candidates who had great careers.

"I'm expecting Hull, Robitaille and Yzerman to go in tomorrow, personally," Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday.

Yzerman retired in 2006 as the sixth-leading scorer in NHL history and as the longest-serving captain ever (19 seasons/20 years). He won Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

"Steve was one of the greatest players of his era," Holland said. "For about a three- or four-year period, Yzerman and Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky -- it was obvious those were the three best players in the game. At the end of the day, what I'll remember about Steve is that he transitioned his game from being one of the great offensive players in the game to the best two-way player in the game. Players come through the league with great offensive skills. What separated Steve from a lot of them, ultimately, was his mental strength, his will, his ability to play hurt and his drive and desire."

Yzerman, now a vice president for the Wings, declined to comment in advance of today's announcement. Hull, however, told the Dallas Morning News that he was one of the inductees.

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:idea: :idea: :idea: He MADE IT, along with other former Wings, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille, WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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Best captain in Detroit sports history. Well deserved Stevie Y!

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June 24, 2009

Perfect cap to a nearly perfect career for Yzerman

BY MICHAEL ROSENBERG
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"The team you start with is always the team you feel you belong to."

-- Luc Robitaille, who played for four NHL teams, upon his election into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Steve Yzerman got the call from the Hall of Fame when he was at Joe Louis Arena. None of this was surprising. Of course he made the hall. Of course he was at the Joe, the building where he has worked for 26 years. Of course, of course, of course.

There have been better players. Yzerman never won a Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and only once made the All-NHL first team (for years, he was stuck behind Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux).

But I don't think anybody ever had a more perfect career. Athletes sometimes talk about fulfilling their dreams, but if you are a Red Wings fan, the beauty of Steve Yzerman is that he fulfilled your dreams.

Of the top 12 scorers in NHL history, only Yzerman and Lemieux played their entire careers in one city. And Lemieux retired for three years in the middle of his career because of Hodgkin's disease.

Yzerman was drafted in 1983 and retired in 2006. In that time, the NHL expanded rapidly, player salaries grew exponentially, and labor disputes canceled one season and sliced another in half.

Sports are more popular than ever, but it is hard to find anything in sports that you love without reservation.

Stevie Y was the exception.

Yzerman came to Detroit in 1983 and never left. He began his Wings career as a scoring phenom, and he just rose from there: He resurrected a dormant franchise, ended one of the longest championship droughts in his sport, and won the Stanley Cup three times.

His last Cup, in 2002, said the most about Yzerman's career: On a team with at least nine Hall of Famers, he was the unquestioned leader. He won an Olympic gold medal that winter and the Stanley Cup that spring, despite a knee injury that made it painful to walk.

Yzerman was admired for what he did on the ice. He was beloved because of what he didn't do off the ice.

He never had an ugly, protracted holdout. He was never traded and never asked to be traded. He never begged out of a game because of fractured pride over his contract. He never called his owner a name or shoved a reporter.

The pivot point of his career came in October 1995. Yzerman was 30 years old. He already had been a Wing for 12 years, and the previous June, he had led the Wings to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.

But the Wings had been swept in those finals, and now coach Scotty Bowman was shopping him. Yzerman had to ask the Wings what was happening, instead of them telling him, which irritated him. He had to confirm reports of a likely deal with Ottawa himself, and that must have irritated him, too.

"There's no question a deal is pending," Yzerman said then. "Whether it happens or not, no one knows for certain. ... It could happen today. It could happen tomorrow. It could happen a month from now. It could happen at the trade deadline."

He made it clear that he wanted to be a Wing, and he wanted to win, and he wanted the situation to be resolved as soon as possible. But his most telling comment was this:

"I make a lot of money. The worst thing that can happen is I'm going to go somewhere else and play."

Steve Yzerman knew how lucky he was. He was never going to complain publicly about his job. He knew nobody wanted to hear it.

When Yzerman was introduced before the home opener, the crowd gave him an enormous ovation. Bowman was heartily booed. From that moment on, there was never a doubt: Steve Yzerman would always be a Red Wing.

In time, people came to see him as some sort of angel. But I don't think Yzerman ever has sold himself that way. He just thought of himself as a hockey player. And that, of course, is why he is so popular.

How did he feel when he got the call?

"I'm very grateful for the honor," Yzerman said, as though the honor were his.

Contact MICHAEL ROSENBERG: 313-222-6052 or mrosenberg@freepress.com.

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Thank you Stevie and Congrats! It is well deserved!

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