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O Captain! My Captain!
Jul 4th, 2006 at 8:11pm
 
BY MITCH ALBOM
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From the day he was drafted, a shaggy haired kid with a soft, nervous voice, he promised to do his best, even though, as he warned a TV interviewer, he sometimes tried to do too much. Who knew that sentence would be an understatement? He did so much for his team and his town that in time it became immeasurable -- and impossible to reproduce. Steve Yzerman, the man, will get up today as a retired hockey player and go on with his life.

But Steve Yzerman, the idea, is likely gone for good.

Captain Forever has hung up his skates, officially now, after months of speculation, and we will not see the likes of him again: A guy who plays more than two decades in one city, who leads the team practically the entire time, who comes to embody the uniform, the building, the halls, the very ice itself. It is no lie to say his face could have been imprinted on our city limits, and his jersey has been worn by more Detroiters than any shirt, shoe or tie. If you live in this town you know where you were when Steve Yzerman hoisted that first Stanley Cup over his head at center ice, flashing the gap in his teeth. You remember him waving in the parade car. And it didn't matter where you were Monday afternoon -- at work, at home, Up North for the Fourth of July holiday, even overseas (as I am while writing this column) -- when you heard the news, it hit you the same way.

The Red Wings actually will take the ice this fall without No. 19. He won't be injured. He won't be on his way back.

He'll be watching, like the rest of us.

Captain Forever skates no more.

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Reply #1 - Jul 4th, 2006 at 8:23pm
 
Now the big question.......Who will be taking his place?
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Reply #2 - Jul 4th, 2006 at 8:33pm
 
Quote:
Now the big question.......Who will be taking his place?


the answer to that is simple....................nobody could ever take
his
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Reply #3 - Jul 4th, 2006 at 10:59pm
 
Unlike Ben, Stevie had class AND loyalty. I wish him all the best.
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Reply #4 - Jul 5th, 2006 at 12:26am
 
That he did!  Now he can hang with Mike Vernon and play golf! Smiley
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