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by George Malik on 05/11/12 at 05:05 PM ET
While 12 members of the Red Wings’ organization participate in the World Championships, with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg facing off this afternoon (at present, Zetterberg’s power play goal has given Sweden a 2-1 lead over Russia after 1 period), the Detroit Free Press does its best to make Wings fans remember what was—and what could be next spring—by re-posting an article Mitch Albom wrote ten years ago today, regarding Steve Yzerman practicing and playing through a mangled knee as the Wings advanced through the playoffs on their way toward their third Stanley Cup of the modern era—and Pavel Datsyuk’s first as a Wing:
Steve Yzerman is in his car, driving to practice. He doesn’t really do much on the practice ice these days. For one thing, his bad knee can’t take it. And, anyhow, at this point in the season, he and the other veterans don’t exactly need work.
But he goes. He goes because “you’re supposed to be there, ” he says. “If we have an 11 a.m. practice, it’s not like I can show up at 11:15 and say, ‘Hey, Scotty, how you doin’?’
“You can’t take advantage of your status. Other guys won’t say anything, because they don’t want to rock the boat, but they start wondering why they should be doing it if you’re not. It creates dissension.”
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