The Detroit Red Wings knew early in his career how good he would be.
Prior to the 1986–87 season, at the age of 21, Steve Yzerman was named captain of the Detroit Red Wings and continuously served for the next two decades, retiring as the longest-serving captain of any team in North American major league sports history.
His career-high 155 points in 1988–89 has been bettered only by Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. In total, he finished his career as the 6th highest scorer in NHL history with 1,755 points (692 goals, 1,063 assists) in 1,514 games.
A winner of three Stanley Cup's during his playing career, Yzerman was also known for his outstanding defensive play and won the Selke Trophy in 2000. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
Steve Yzerman currently serves as the Tampa Bay Lightning's vice-president and general manager.
From 1996-97 Pinnacle Be A Player comes this Link 2 History Die-Cut hard-signed autograph of Stevie Y. A long-held piece of my collection, this card was pulled from a pack about 15 years ago. In addition, from 2006-07 In The Game Ultimate 7th Edition, I have a double auto/memorabilia silver /50 card featuring Doug Gilmour with Steve Yzerman.