Looks like the pull of camaraderie and nostalgia was strong enough, after all.
News yesterday that Steve Yzerman would return to Detroit at the end of the month to participate—on the ice—in the Winter Classic’s alumni game was a pleasant surprise to many in Hockeytown.
“This event is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the history of the Detroit Red Wings and I”m happy to be involved,” Yzerman told the Detroit Free Press. “I really look forward to seeing a lot of very good friends.”
As written here last week, the Winged Wheeler didn’t have much faith in the idea of Yzerman being in uniform for the alumni game at Comerica Park on December 31. Yzerman, by his own words, had only been on skates once since he retired in 2006.
But apparently the temptation of getting together with so many former teammates and the thought of skating, one last time, against so many players he competed against in his 22-year career, was too much for the Tampa Bay Lightning GM to resist.
So treasure this moment, because this, for sure, will likely be Yzerman’s last time wearing the Winged Wheel.