Steve Yzerman

Steve Yzerman

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Author Profession: Canadian Athlete
Born: May 09, 1965
Age: 51 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus

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Balanced is probably what I am, although that's just a polite way to say that you don't do anything very well.

Very few cities in the NHL have the history or the following of the Detroit Red Wings.

And for the team, I always tried to do the right thing.

I don't take anything for granted.

I'm exhausted trying to stay healthy.

I also feel I adapted. I was willing to try to fit into any role. The way I figured, it was always up to me to prove my worth, that I deserved to be here.

Playoff hockey is the best way to market your team. It's the best way to grow your fan base and give hope to your players and for them to develop.

The 70's hair with the long on the sides, just doesn't look good coming down the sides of the helmet.

There used to be an old thing where every team had a heavy bag in their locker room for people to punch, but again, it was more about conditioning because if you hit a heavy bag for a minute, it feels like your arms are about to fall off.

Whether somebody is really competent - whether he has a good hockey mind, whether he's a good person to lead a hockey club - is something determined over a long period of time, not one tournament.

I hope people like me and appreciate me the way I am.

Since the season ended, I've let things settle down, and I have to talk to the coaching staff and management. I really don't want to turn this into a big drama. So I plan on making a definite decision relatively quickly.

I wore No. 19 because of Bryan Trottier. I liked the overall aspect of his game. I liked the way he conducted himself on the ice. He was a quiet guy. He played really hard; just a good all-around, prototypical center man who could do everything.

When it gets to this point, it's just hard to pull the trigger.

When you're on the ice, you have very little time, you see very little, and everything happens really quick.

I've been hit hard a few times, been hit really hard a few times, but I don't think I've ever left a memorable, lasting impression on anyone I've ever hit.

It's been a great honor for me to be a player for the Detroit Red Wings, to play for an Original Six franchise. I know I'm far from perfect, but I learned a lot.

We have to get better at that. All of the Stanley Cup winning teams throughout the past few seasons, when they needed to play defense, they did it. If you can play defense, that's when you know it's game over.

I don't know if I've ever had a memorable body check. It's not really part of my game.

I knew if I wanted to be a general manager, I was going to have to leave to work for another organization.

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. Matt Damon

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger. Emilio Estevez

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase. Diane Lane

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