Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared Saturday as "Steve Yzerman
Day," more than a week after Yzerman's No. 19 jersey was retired.
The state did not honor Yzerman on Jan. 2 because it was the
national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford, who was
raised in Michigan.
Granholm honored Yzerman "on behalf of young people everywhere
who could never come to Joe Louis Arena and to those watching on TV
for being an unbelievable role model," during a brief presentation
before Detroit played the Chicago Blackhawks.
Yzerman retired last summer after serving as captain for a
league-record 20 seasons during his 22-season career, which was
spent entirely with the Red Wings. He now works for the team as a
He led Detroit to Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and
2002 and ranks sixth in NHL history with 1,755 points.
Yzerman's jersey was the sixth retired by the storied franchise,
joining Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Alex Delvecchio
and Sid Abel. Yzerman's No. 19 now hangs in the Joe Louis Arena
rafters between Sawchuk's No. 1 jersey and the team's 10
On Jan. 2, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick dubbed the day "Steve
Yzerman Day" and presented Yzerman with a key to the city.
Kilpatrick also said the intersection of Third and Atwater streets,
which meet at Joe Louis Arena, will be changed to "Yzerman