Steve Yzerman is one of the most successful players ever to lace up the skates. While I frequently despised him while on the ice, there’s no alternative than to respect the talent that Yzerman brought to the Detroit Red Wings for over two decades of hockey. Let’s take a look at some of his accomplishments:
- NHL All-Star Roster – 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000
- NHL First Team All-Star – 2000
- Lester B. Pearson Award – 1989
- Conn Smythe Trophy – 2000
- Frank J. Selke Trophy – 2000
- Stanley Cup Champions – 1997, 1998, 2002
- Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy – 2003
- Lester Patrick Trophy – 2006
- GM of the Gold Medal Winning (damnit) Canada Team in the 2010 Olympics
Yea, so that’s pretty good. And now he’ll be peddling his administrative wears in sunny Florida. He’s been named the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightening and will have his work cut out for him. The team is in trouble, and although it has some great pieces in place (Stamkos and Hedman lead the team), he’s definitely got to make some changes to get the team back to respectability. It will be interesting to see if he can make it happen, but the hockey world to be watching for sure. I say good luck to him, and until the Lightening meet the Kings in the Cup Finals, I wish them all the best.
Now to some brief housekeeping. I’ll be in Boston starting tomorrow and through next Tuesday. I’ll try to get on and post as often as possible, but there may be a few days we miss out. Don’t worry, we’ll be back in full force starting next Wednesday! If you’ve got something you want me to cover, let me know and I’ll do my best!