DETROIT -- Steve Yzerman's reign as the longest serving
captain in NHL history is not over yet.
The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday re-signed Yzerman to a one-year
contract, ensuring the veteran center his 19th year as team
Financial terms were not disclosed for Yzerman, who made
$5,849,823 last season.
Captain of the Red Wings since 1986-87, Yzerman recorded 18
goals and 33 assists in 75 games last season. He added three
goals and two assists in 11 playoff contests before suffering an
eye injury that kept him out of Detroit's final postseason game
Selected fourth overall by the Red Wings in the 1983 draft,
Yzerman has 678 goals and 1,043 assists in 1,453 career games.
Now 39 years old, he has led Detroit to three Stanley Cup
championships, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable
player of the playoffs in 1998.
"We are all very pleased to have Steve back for one more year,"
Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "He brings a great
deal of dedication, skill and leadership abilities to our hockey
club, and I feel his competitive nature will greatly help this
team remain successful."
Yzerman, who was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1984, has
won the Selke and Masterton Trophies and Lester B. Pearson Award
during his 22-year career. He also has represented Canada in
the 1998 and 2002 Olympics and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Selected to play for Canada in this year's World Cup, Yzerman
withdrew due to the eye injury he suffered in the playoffs.