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Yzerman In Charge

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Twenty-seven years. That’s how long Yzerman spent with the Red Wings, virtually his entire adult life. He grew up as a person and grew into a legend in Detroit, winning three Stanley Cups as the captain and another as an executive. He was immortalized on the side of a building and celebrated in a Kid Rock song. Not only does his No. 19 now hang in the rafters at Joe Louis Arena, but the street outside is named after him. So is the Wings’ 19-game season-ticket plan.

Yzerman didn’t go all misty-eyed on Sunday night when his new team beat his old team, 4-3, after an epic 16-round shootout. He sat on the opposite corner of the arena from the Wings’ brass, as physically far away from his former colleagues as possible, and said he focused on his own players. But he did watch the Wings practice on Saturday morning, and the scene couldn’t help but color his thoughts.

“I looked out and thought, ‘My god, that red and white is a beautiful jersey,’ ” Yzerman said. “I can really appreciate it, and I enjoyed watching. I know a lot of those kids over there. But I’ve got a lot of responsibility. It’s a responsibility I want, and I have to do a good job here.”

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SYF's avatar

What a wonderful article by Costonika.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 09/13/10 at 01:16 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Class. It’s what Steve has by the truckload.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/13/10 at 01:23 PM ET

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You know exactly what you get with Stevie Y, you get a guy that will lay it all on the line to be the best. He’s going to bring Tampa back, good thing he’s in the east.

Posted by selke13 on 09/13/10 at 01:29 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

here’s a major hypothetical.

last game of the season for the Wings.  Tampa has secured a spot in the playoffs and whether they win or lose changes nothing.  Wings have to win to make the playoffs.

what is Yzerman thinking?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 09/13/10 at 04:15 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

last game of the season for the Wings.  Tampa has secured a spot in the playoffs and whether they win or lose changes nothing.  Wings have to win to make the playoffs.

what is Yzerman thinking?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 09/13/10 at 03:15 PM ET

He’s thinking “what the *#$%@& happened with Detroit this year?!”

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/13/10 at 05:24 PM ET

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