Today in Sports History: April 3

In 2006, center for the Detroit Red Wings and Canadian hockey player, Steve Yzerman, scored his last and final National Hockey League (NHL) goal, 692, against the Calgary Flames. 

Yzerman played 22 seasons with the Red Wings, from 1983 until 2006. He was drafted in the 1st round as the 4th pick overall. He played a total of 1,514 games, scored 692 goals, had 1,063 assists, and a total of 1,755 points. 

He led Detroit to three Stanley Cup Championships in 1997, 1998, and 2002. He was awarded the Ted Lindsay Award in 1989, the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1998, the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2000, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2003, and the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2006. 

Yzerman was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1984, the NHL First All-Star Team in 2000, 9-time All-Star, and on the NHL’s top 100 Greatest Players list. He officially retired as a Red Wing in 2006 and his number, 19, was quickly retired during the 2006-07 season. Three years later, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2009. He was alongside former teammates Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull. 

Once retired, he decided to stay within the sport of hockey but move to the executive side. In 2009, he was named the Executive Director for the Canadian Men’s hockey team and partook in the 2010 Winter Olympics winning the gold. In 2010 he also became the vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Within his first season, the Lighting made it to the Eastern Conference Final game. 

Yzerman was still the Executive Director for Canada and won the 2014 Sochi Olympics, defending their title with the gold medal, recording two straight Olympic game wins. In 2015, won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award after the Lightning set a team record of 50 wins and 108 points during the regular season. 

In 2018, Yzerman announced he was stepping down as the General Manager and wanted to serve as an advisor to his successor, Julien Brisbois. In 2019, Yzerman rejoined the Red Wings as he was hired as the General Manager and currently holds that position. 

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