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1/13/2007 8:34:35 PM


DETROIT (AP) - Steve Yzerman was honoured on the ice for the second straight Detroit Red Wings home game.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared Saturday as ''Steve Yzerman Day,'' more than a week after Yzerman's No. 19 jersey was retired. The state did not honour Yzerman on Jan. 2 because it was the national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford, who was raised in Michigan.

Granholm honoured Yzerman ''on behalf of young people everywhere who could never come to Joe Louis Arena and to those watching on TV for being an unbelievable role model,'' during a brief presentation before Detroit played the Chicago Blackhawks.

Yzerman retired last summer after serving as captain for a league-record 20 seasons during his 22-season career, which was spent entirely with the Red Wings. He now works for the team as a vice president.

He led Detroit to Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and ranks sixth in NHL history with 1,755 points.

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