AUG. 2, 2002 Yzerman's right tibia is sawed nearly in half and a donor bone is inserted to help realign the knee and reduce pressure on the joint in a radical operation called an osteotomy. A return to professional hockey is considered highly unlikely.
FEB. 24, 2003 After missing the first 66 games of the season, Yzerman returns to the Detroit lineup for the first time since his knee surgery and wins his first face-off in a 5-4 victory over the Kings.
JUNE 12, 2003 Yzerman wins the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication, in recognition of his comeback from his knee operation.
FEB. 15, 2005 The '04-05 NHL season is canceled due to labor impasse.
SEPT. 27, 2005 Yzerman suffers a groin injury in training camp, leaving many to wonder if he will retire before the end of the season.
MAY 1, 2006 The top-seeded Red Wings are eliminated from the playoffs in six games by Edmonton. Yzerman suffers a rib injury and competes in just four games, scoring four points.
JULY 3, 2006 Yzerman announces his retirement as a player, saying that he plans to continue working for the Red Wings.
JUNE 18, 1983 Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, Sally K. Ride becomes the first woman in space.
JAN. 22, 1984 Apple's Macintosh computer is introduced to the world on Super Bowl Sunday.