Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Hockeytown Announces Goodbye Tour

With all the crazy free agent signings that have been going on, a few faces on the list weren't that likely to finish out their careers with another team. Steve Yzerman, is one of those players.

Twice robbed from a season to do a final skate (injured in 03-04 and lockedout 04-05), Yzerman has waited for the one last opportunity to go out of the NHL the way he wants to and feels he deserves to. I don't blame him for one moment. He's already outlived a career to see Mario Lemieux go out in style twice, Wayne Gretzky gets his banner raised, Ray Borque honored in Boston and the list of peers goes on and on.

Yzerman is a dying breed of athlete. The one that thinks the love of the game and the loyalty to the jersey actually means something. He's earned himself the NHL record for longest running tenure for captaincy on one team. Yzerman has been the face of Detroit Hockeytown for 20+ years. Consider even just how many all stars have suited up for them! Chelios, Shanahan, Hatcher, Any Russian ending in "OV", this is another exhaustive list.

The ultimate show of unified respect came this past World Championships when the Team Canada players learned of Yzerman's cut off the roster, no remaining player chose to wear #19 in his absence. It will only be a matter of time before we see the number 19 on a banner hanging from Joe Lewis Arena.

Steve Yzerman will get his day in the sun this year. To close the final chapter on a career that means everything to the team and fans is only fair. He's signed a one year deal with the terms yet to be disclosed.

[Via: Rogers Sportsnet]
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