November 9, 2009


I knew this day was coming for a while now. I still haven't thought of any cool words to say or found a way to capture what Stevie's career meant in just one post. This guy did, and it's perfect. Not good -- perfect.

I've dropped one-liner odes to the Captain here and there over the past year and a half, and those won't ever stop. I'll keep posting that goal from '96 every couple of weeks because watching a moment that shot you through your living room ceiling as well as puberty is something that doesn't ever get old. The guy is the reason for why hockey has become a maniacal obsession of mine, and if I ever have the honor of meeting him, (no wait, scratch that) -- if he ever has to feel the disappointment of meeting me, I will tell him exactly that. His legacy is as flawless as an athlete, or a human, can have.

I don't give a damn if Lemieux and Gretzky were better talents, or if Messier is recognized as a better leader, or if Gordie was better than all of them. What I saw from Steve Yzerman was more than I'll ever deserve and I wouldn't change anything about it.


jennyquarx said...

None of us can forget that goal. My husband just told me exactly where he was when he saw that goal too. It does never get old. That last paragraph sums it up nicely. Well done.

David said...

well said, that shot still sends shivers down my spine.

J.J. from Kansas said...

You forgot that videos of Steve Yzerman are more inspirational than Shane Doan's.

Also, Messier wasn't a better leader. He was the captain of those horribly disappointing Rangers teams from the early 2000s when he spent more time crying than leading.

Chris in Hockey Hell said...

My sister and I were watching that game at home. When Stevie scored that goal, we screamed and ran laps around the living room. I remember it like it was yesterday (Jesus, I sound OLD!!). I still have the VHS of that game too. There was never a better leader than Stevie. Messier can go to hell. I got to meet Stevie and Joey Kocur at a sports card show at Madonna College when I was a kid. It was awe-inspiring to say the least. He's the man, always will be. In my mind, Gordie Howe may be Mr. Hockey, but The Captain is Mr. Red Wing.

Anonymous said...

He is my hero. I thought that in 9th grade and still think that now.

Anonymous said...

Jeff - -OKWingnut

That is my favorite Stevie Y goal for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the sheer joy Stevie had after scoring it.

The Captain, the only captain, forever my hero.

Triple Deke Staff said...

After playing a disgusting number of hours of NHL '08, '09 and now '10, I have said on more than one occasion that I hate Gary Thorne. As the announcer of those games, he says some weird shit, and mispronounces dozens of names. "Hating" him is not true, however. I miss the days of Thorne and Clement in real life as opposed to on XBox.

Not only is this my favorite goal, but it's my favorite call by an announcer, ever. Thorne nails it perfectly: Genuine excitement for the moment, keeps it bare-bones simple ("SCORES....STEVE YZERMAN....DETROIT WINS"), and doesn't drown out the celebration with a whole bunch of superlatives. Not that the goal needs any help, but honestly, the call enhances the re-watchability of it.

- Tyler

David said...

i truly prefer bob cole's call here, especially with the old school pronunciation of "Detroyyaat". and the video quality is the best i've been able to find.

hockeychic said...

I will never forget that goal. I was super freaking pregnant at the time and it was such a celebration! To this day, seeing that makes me so incredibly happy. The pure joy on his face.

Stevie Y - an amazing talent and an even more amazing man. I miss him on the ice every game.