THE FOURTH pick in the 1983 draft, Yzerman led all rookies in assists (48) and points (87) and was second in goals (39). At 18 years, eight months, he became the youngest player named to an NHL All-Star team.
CENTERS OF ATTENTION
YZERMAN crossed sticks with another rising star in this preseason game against Pittsburgh. Mario Lemieux (66), coming off a 100-point rookie season, would be a rival for two decades.
STARS ON ICE
PLAYING IN his second All-Star Game, Yzerman had an assist, as his Campbell Conference team lost 6-5 in St. Louis. The center was named to 10 All-Star Games and had two goals and four assists in his nine career appearances.
BEST IN SHOW
WITH 65 GOALS and 155 points, Yzerman won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league's top player. He got his 50th goal in just his 55th game, the quickest to that total in franchise history.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON
THE 1990-91 SEASON marked the fourth straight year that Yzerman would finish with 50 goals and 100 points. The Captain scored in 50 of the team's 80 games and played in his fourth All-Star Game.
DURING the '94 players' strike Yzerman joined the "Ninety-Nine All-Stars Tour," a series of games set up by Wayne Gretzky to benefit the NHL Retired Players Association and amateur hockey leagues.
DURING THE strike-shortened 1994-95 season, the Red Wings advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in 29 years. Alas, New Jersey proved too strong for Detroit (above, Yzerman jostles with Devils forward Neal Broten in Game 3), taking a four-game sweep.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
DETROIT stormed through the '97 playoffs, beating Colorado in seven games in the Western Conference finals on the way to the team's first Stanley Cup in 42 years; Yzerman had 20 points in 18 games.
THE RED WINGS' sweep of the Capitals gave them back-to-back Cup victories, as Yzerman led all players in scoring during the playoffs with 24 points in 22 games. He scored two goals in Game 2 of the finals and was later awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.
FITTING THE BILL
LOOKING more penguin than Red Wing, Yzerman accepted the Bill Masterton Trophy, honoring performance and sportsmanship. Among Detroit players, only Brad Park had won it before.