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Steve Yzerman  1990-91

In Detroit sporting circles during the 1980s and 1990s, the greatest players were recognized by simple terms. "Isiah" was all you had to say and people knew you meant Detroit Pistons captain Isiah Thomas. Likewise, "Barry" could be none other than Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, while "Tram and Lou" were Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, the sensational double-play combination of the Detroit Tigers.

On the ice, Wings center Steve Yzerman also carried a straightforward handle. He was - and still is - "The Captain."

It's a handle he wears with pride.

"When I was looking for a captain, I wanted a guy with the Red Wings crest tattooed on his chest," said former Detroit coach Jacques Demers, who named Yzerman captain in 1986. "Steve Yzerman was that guy."

He set Wings rookie standards with 39-48-87 totals in 1983-84 and continued his assault on the record book ever since. Yzerman's 1988-89 numbers of 65-90-155 remain single-season club production standards. He's posted two 60-goal and three 50-goal seasons, collecting 100 points on six occasions.

Lately, he's been knocking off some of the all-time greats, as Yzerman ascends to the elite class of NHL stars. He's a member of the NHL's 600-goal, 900-assist club, a group whose membership also includes Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier and Marcel Dionne.

"These guys I'm moving up amongst, these are the guys who were the heroes of my era," Yzerman said. "It's great to be mentioned in the same sentence with them, but I certainly don't consider myself their equal."

That task is happily filled by others.

Danny Gare was the man who surrendered the "C" to Yzerman and the former Wing has followed his successor's career with great delight.

"He was doing the job then and he's still doing it today," Gare said. "When that team needs a lift, he's still the one they turn to, the one who gets them going."

For all his accomplishments, the one Yzerman cherishes most is that moment when he lifted the Stanley Cup in 1997, ending Detroit's 42-season title blight.

"For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of lifting the Stanley Cup," Yzerman said. "I watched the presentation every year. I watched the dressing-room celebration and I dreamed of the day it would be me."

He's a hero of Hockeytown and also back home in Nepean, Ontario, where Yzerman grew up. "I played for the same Tier II junior team that he did," former Wings defenseman Aaron Ward said. "In the Steve Yzerman Sportsplex.

"As soon as you walk in the rink, his pictures are everywhere. He's a legend."

Perhaps Philadelphia Flyers winger Rick Tocchet, a career opponent of Yzerman's, summed it up best.

"The game is a better place with Steve Yzerman in it," Tocchet said.

BORN:
Cranbrook, British Columbia, May 9, 1965

ACQUIRED:
Selected fourth overall in the June 8, 1983 NHL entry draft

BEST SEASON WITH RED WINGS:
1988-89 (65-90-155)

TOTALS WITH RED WINGS:
GP-1,310, G-645, A-969, PTS-1,614

HONORS:
Won Conn Smythe Trophy, 1997-98; Won Selke Trophy, 1999-2000; Won Lester B. Pearson Award, 1988-89; Selected to NHL First All-Star Team, 1999-2000; Selected to NHL All-Rookie Team, 1983-84; Played in nine NHL All-Star Games; Named team captain in 1986; Played for Canada in 1989 and 1990 World Championship, 1996 World Cup and 1998 Winter Olympics

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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