Sunrise, Fla. — The player every Red Wings fan wanted to see participate in the alumni game is going to do so.
Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman, who captained three Red Wings Stanley Cup championship teams, Tuesday committed to the Red Wings' roster when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Alumni Showdown Dec. 31 at Comerica Park.
Currently the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning -- the Red Wings play in Tampa Bay Thursday -- Yzerman was undecided about playing in the game because of his duties with the Lightning; he is also general manager of Team Canada for the February Winter Olympics.
"Steve is one of the greatest Red Wings players ever," general manager Ken Holland said. "His presence at the Alumni Showdown makes a great day even better."
When the Lightning played at Joe Louis Arena several weeks ago, Yzerman, who retired in 2006, said he hadn't been on skates in recent years.
"I don't own a pair of skates so I may have to take up a collection," Yzerman said at the time. "I've had skates on like three times to do something minor."
Yzerman joins former teammates such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Dino Ciccarelli, Igor Larionov, Chris Osgood and Kris Draper, among many others, who have committed to playing.
There will be two games between Red Wings and Maple Leafs alumni on Dec. 31.
Yzerman retired as the No. 6 scorer in NHL history and still ranks among the Red Wings’ all-time greats with 1,514 games played (fourth), 692 goals (second), 1,063 assists (first) and 1,755 points (second).
Yzerman won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1998 as NHL playoff MVP and the Selke Trophy in 2000 as the league’s best defensive forward – among many other awards.
He was drafted by the Red Wings in 1983 and was named in 1986. He wore the captain’s “C” until his retirement in 2006. He is the longest-serving captain in NHL history.
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