Farewell Stevie: An Ode To Steve Yzerman

May 26th, 2010 by Chris Minniti Leave a reply »
Just over a day has past, and I still can't grasp that Steve Yzerman isn't a Red Wing anymore.

It's the same feeling I had when I read at the bottom of the The Score (a sports station in Canada) that Steve Yzerman was planning on announcing his retirement.

I sat there thinking, "No, this can't be."

Back in 1993, as a kid with no clue what hockey was, I watched the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs in game seven of a division semi-finals series. It was the first game I'd ever seen.

Everyone was cheering for the Leafs. But I wanted to be different. So I started to cheer for the "red team."

As I intently watched the game, my eyes locked in on a red and white jersey, with the number 19 stitched on the back.

His game was flawless.

From that moment on, I started following the Red Wings because of Yz...Yzer...forget it. I couldn't even pronounce his name.

When I finally learnt it, I never forgot it. Stevie Y, Stevie Wonder...Yzerman was the reason I started following Red Wings. And I have never looked back.

In an era where Gretzky and Lemieux ruled, I decided to go for ...

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