Once voted to be the most popular athlete in Detroit sports history, locals often simply refer to Yzerman as “The Captain.” Yzerman led the Wings to five first-place regular season finishes and three Stanley Cup championships. [x]
“The highlight offense. There is goal after goal that you can look up on youtube where Andreas just makes other players look silly, at times, when they try to defend him. His speed is his weapon. He’s an elite athlete.
Some players crave the spotlight. Others quietly go about their business, seeking the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. Then there are those who attempt to deflect attention, not needing or wanting recognition for their compassion or concern. But sometimes that is impossible, particularly when a good deed or special event becomes known. That was the case of the special bond between Steve Yzerman and a young girl afflicted with Ewings Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Detroit Tigers left fielder J.D. Martinez catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics’ Coco Crisp as mascots of former Athletics players Rickey Henderson, from rear left, Dennis Eckersley, and Rollie Fingers watch from behind the outfield wall during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)