12 Facts About Yzerman

1. In 2012, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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2. In 2009, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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3. On June 24, 2015, Yzerman was awarded the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, becoming the first Lightning GM to receive the honour in team history.

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4. On June 23, 2009, it was announced that Yzerman would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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5. On January 2, 2007, Yzerman was presented the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at a luncheon prior to the jersey retirement ceremony.

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6. On July 3, 2006, Yzerman announced his retirement from the NHL.

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7. On May 1, 2004, Yzerman was hit in the eye by a deflected slapshot by the Calgary Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener in a playoff game, breaking his orbital bone and scratching his cornea.

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8. On November 26, 1999, Yzerman became the 11th player in NHL history to score 600 goals.

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9. In 1997, Yzerman put to rest all doubts of his ability to lead a team to a championship as Detroit won its first Stanley Cup in 42 years after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers.

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10. In 1995, Yzerman led Detroit to its first Stanley Cup finals series since 1966, but the Red Wings were swept by the New Jersey Devils.

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11. In 2002, Yzerman won an Olympic gold medal, making him one of few players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year.

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12. In 2017, Yzerman was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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