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A True Champion

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Before the Detroit Red Wings won their first of three Stanley Cups in six seasons back in the spring of 1997, captain Steve Yzerman was in Las Vegas during the offseason playing craps. Two elderly gentlemen from Detroit's Canadian neighbor, Windsor, Ontario, sauntered by and noticed Yzerman. "Let's go play somewhere else. There's no luck at this table," the one said to the other. Yzerman told that story after the Wings' Cup victory in 1997, the first in 42 years, not with smugness or a sense of self-righteousness, but rather to illustrate the sometimes imperceptible line that separates stardom from being a champion.
continued Want to read more on Yzerman? May I suggest Abel to Yzerman, Behind the Jersey & On the Wings. Dedicated Red Wing bloggers presenting the Yzerman retirement in unique ways.

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