Also honored today were former Canadian women’s national team star France St-Louis and Canadian College Coach Clare Drake.
This honor originated in April of 2012 by Hockey Canada is in place to honor those whose “role or service in the game is recognized as “extraordinary” in Canada.”
Yzerman’s addition to this honored list comes as no surprise. In addition to being the Vice President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, Yzerman was also the executive director of the Canadian gold medal-winning hockey team from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Yzerman will be fulfilling the same role for Hockey Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
During his 22 year playing career in the National Hockey League, all of which was with the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman played in a total of 1,514 games, scoring 692 goals and 1,063 assists for a grand total of 1,755 points. He spent 20 years as the Captain of the Red Wings. This is the longest run in NHL history.
Beyond all of that, Yzerman has his name on one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports, the Stanley Cup, a total of three times.
Going all the way back to the beginning, Yzerman was drafted in the 1st round, 4th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.