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08-04-2011, 06:47 PM
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“Yzerman is not the youngest, the strongest, nor the fastest, and he was never the biggest. But make no mistake, he is the maximus of gladiators, the man who fights wounded and bleeding, with a heart as large as any lion they spring on him,” Mitch Albom said.

"There's one thing you can not defend against, and that is courage. Steve Yzerman just keeps laying it on the line every shift," ESPN analyst Bill Clement said in 2002.

Basically love for the game and leading by example on and off the ice.

Funny side story about captains even though it's not hockey related. My high school football team went undefeated, and our captains were the absolute worst possible choices for the position. They were our best players, and that is where their ability to lead ended. They were jerks to everyone and actively treated other team mates and the younger kids within the program worse than dirt. In fact, it went so far that one of our captains was making deals with the Juniors for their vote if he would "leave them alone" for a while. It was pathetic.

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