Growing up in Detroit, and liking sports, I was, and still am all about the Red Wings. In 2002 I really fell in love with the game, before then I would just go to the games with my parents and just sit there, play Gameboy, or do something else to pass the time. But in 2002 I got my first taste of a championship and it was delicious.
It was June of 02 and the Red Wings were playing the cinderella story Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup final at home. It was game five and my parents and I attended and the game probably would have past like any others before it, but I made a bet with my mom that I would not play my Gameboy for the whole game. I started watching, because, after all I had nothing better to do. I was dumbstruck by the way players seamlessly glided over the ice and handled the puck so fluently. The Red Wings won three to one and I screamed my head off along with the other 20,066. And as I watched the confetti fall and the Red Wings’ legendary captain lift the legendary Stanley Cup Trophy over his head, I picked out my favorite player for years to come.
Steve Yzerman was the savior of the Red Wings. Stevie Y entered the league in 1983. As a fourth overall draft pick he was expected, as many rookies are, to turn around the struggling franchise. He did not disappoint. In 1986, Jacques Demers, who was the Red Wings coach at the time, named Yzerman captain of the team, making him the youngest captain in the team's history. The captain responded by leading the Wings to their first division title in 23 years.
On July 3rd, 2006 injuries forced Steve Yzerman to retire, but not before he could make a very substantial mark on the NHL. Yzerman made ten All Star games, won three Stanley Cups, and scored 1,755 points.
On January 2, 2007 Yzerman’s number 19 was retired, completing his legendary and Hall of Fame career. I will never look at the letter C without thinking of him. He truly is and always will be Detroit’s captain.