It’s time for me to care about hockey again! As you may have heard this week, new members were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (you can be forgiven if you didn’t – after all, it turned into another ridiculous edition of the Gretzky Show.) Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Lou Lamoriello, and the handsome former captain of the Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman. Hall of Fame, Olympic Gold, Stanley Cup rings: the man has it all! Well, except his own Friday Fellow feature. Watching him during pre-game shenanigans in Toronto the other night, I decided this had to be remedied.
Join me after the jump for a trip down Hottie Memory Lane.
A native of Cranbrook, BC, Steve was drafted 4th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft after two successful seasons with the Peterborough Petes. Yzerman’s arrival could not have been more perfectly timed, as the Wings were stinking up the Norris Division badly in the early 80s. He had a terrific rookie season, leading the team in points with 39 goals and 48 assists. He would be instrumental in turning around Detroit’s fortunes, leading them back to playoff action and eventually, Stanley Cup glory (’97, ’98 and ’02) I was never a huge Detroit fan, but I couldn’t have been happier to see a guy like Stevie Y. hoist the Cup that first time.
Steve hung up the skates in 2006 after 21 seasons and is ranked 6th all-time in scoring. His best season was in 1988-89, with a 65 goal-155 point season, the year he won the Lester B.Pearson Trophy for most outstanding player.
Steve was also on Canada’s gold-medal-winning mens’ hockey team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, easily one of the happiest sports moments of my life. He’s heading to Vancouver’s winter games, too – this time as Executive Director for Team Canada.
Ok, ok…on with the pictures.
Hey, Steve! Show me your Cups!