There’s probably not another moment in Detroit Red Wings history that defined their trajectory as much as this one. October 7, 1986, Steve Yzerman is named the youngest captain in Red Wings history.
Following the departure of former Detroit captain Danny Gare, head coach at the time Jacques Demers tapped Yzerman to lead the Wings. In what he waned to see in a leader, Demers said he wanted “a guy with the Red Wings crest tattooed on his chest.”
He apparently found the right guy. The following season, Stevie Y put up 31 goals among 90 points in 80 games played, and lead the Red Wings to their first division title in almost a quarter century. Not bad for a 22-year old, at the time.
Yzerman spent the next almost two decades as the leader of the Red Wings, taking on the affectionate name “The Captain”. He lead them to two Stanley Cup championships, five President’s Trophies for the league’s top team in points, and four Conference championships.
Steve Yzerman embodied everything that is “Hockeytown”, and we hope to see him back soon.
UNPOPULAR OPINION: Fans only hate Jimmy Howard, because he’s not Chris Osgood
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Yeah, that’s right, I said it.
For years now, basically for as long as Jimmy Howard has been starting goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings,we’ve heard it after almost every loss. Heard it, read it, debated it, and gotten tired of it. There’s always a handful in the crowd.
“Thanks, Howard! Get rid of him already! Garbage goaltender!”
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