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Steve Yzerman retires


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Its a Sad Day here in Detroit. "The Captain" has called it a career.

Via Detroit Free Press
Center Steve Yzerman, a Red Wing since 1983 and their captain since 1986, announced Monday afternoon that he had retired from playing hockey.

“I feel very relieved and very comfortable,” Yzerman said at a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. “I want to let everyone know I’ve decided to retire, to hang up my skates.”

Yzerman said that going into the 2005-06 season he figured it would be his last. But he said he thought long and hard after the season before deciding not to return for one more.

“I really enjoyed my final season with the Red Wings,” he said.

He summed up his long tenure this way:

“I’ve enjoyed my career immensely in Detroit.”

Wings legends Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay and several of Yzerman’s teammates attended the afternoon news conference. So did Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

Yzerman played 22 seasons — all in Detroit. He leaves as the longest-serving captain in NHL history. He ranks sixth all-time in points (1,755), seventh in assists (1,063) and eighth in goals (692). He played in 1,514 games.
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Can't really say I'm surprised, because I'd be lying :eek:

One of the greatest players in recent times though, the game will miss him.

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