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Associated Press
11/6/2006 6:43:37 PM


DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings vice-president and former captain Steve Yzerman was one of five people to receive the Lester Patrick Award from the National Hockey League on Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

The award recognizes outstanding service to hockey in the United States and is named after NHL pioneer Lester Patrick, who was a player, coach, manager, owner and NHL governor. Patrick was the general manager of the New York Rangers in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Also receiving the award were Hall of Fame player Marcel Dionne, Michigan coach Red Berenson, former NHL defenceman Reed Larson and former coach Glen Sonmor.

Many credit Yzerman, who retired as a player in July, for reviving the Red Wings, who were a moribund franchise when he was drafted in 1983. Yzerman eventually led the team to Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002. But he says he wasn't the main person responsible.

''I would look at (owners Mike and Marian Ilitch),'' Yzerman said. ''It was their passion and refusal to settle for anything less, getting the team to win a Stanley Cup. Me, I just participated over the course of time.''

In 22 seasons in Detroit, Yzerman's 1,063 assists are the most in franchise history and his 692 goals and 1,755 points are second to only Gordie Howe. He also was the longest-serving captain in NHL history, from 1986-87 until his retirement.

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this is well deserved to one of the best men in the league! he really deserves this.. a very big contributor and one of the most dedicated players in hockey.

thats why we all love him!
 

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Steve Yzerman really earned this. He was such a great contributer to the NHL during his time. Being the longest serving Captain in NHL history was amazing. He will always be a Wing favorite here in Detroit. One of the true phenominal players in NHL.
 
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