Steve Yzerman
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"Stephen Gregory Yzerman" is a retired Canadians/Canadian professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Yzerman played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Prior to the 1986–87 NHL season/1986–87 season at the age of 21, Yzerman was named captain (ice hockey)/captain of the Red Wings and continuously served for the next two decades (dressing as captain for over 1300 games), retiring as the longest-serving captain of any team in North American major league sports history. Once voted to be the most popular athlete in Detroit, Michigan/Detroit sports history, locals often simply refer to Yzerman as "The Captain." Yzerman led the Wings to five Presidents' Trophy/first-place regular season finishes and three Stanley Cup championships (1996–97 NHL season/1997, 1997–98 NHL season/1998, and 2001–02 NHL season/2002).

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He's a great young player and he played a big role for us. ... But we'll do what we can. We still should have a pretty strong lineup.

I'm not a big fan of the shootout, but it's in the rules now and you have to make the best of it.

He's asking a lot of questions, picking everybody's brain, trying to get a feel for everyone, ... He's very serious, very attentive to the details of each drill we did, stressing a high tempo and skating, and I assume that's something that's going to be stressed throughout training camp and the season.

We're worse off without Pavel, ... We still should have a pretty strong lineup, but there's no question we don't have the depth we had a year and a half ago.

The best thing for everybody is that we go home and analyze as an organization what happened, where we went wrong and what needs to be done for the future. I'd like to leave my personal situation for a few days, and next week I can probably make a decision on what I'm going to do.

I played with the guy his entire career, ... and it's sad to see him move on.

I don't see (a new coaching perspective) being a problem, ... It's different. Mike's personality is just different than Dave Lewis' and Scotty's. ... Guys like a challenge.

I felt better than expected, but watching Henrik skate around out there, I'm pretty envious; I'd like to be able to move like that, ... He clearly was the best player on the ice.