Hondo's goodbye tribute to Steve Yzerman!
Goodbye Steve, I for one will miss you.
It seems like yesterday but we all know it isnâ€™t.Â In his first NHL game, my Dad and I were driving somewhere (I am to old to remember where) and he scored a goal.Â That was huge.Â Now my Dad gave me my love of sports but he is not a big hockey guy, but even he commented on that as the radio play-by-play folks talked about it.
That is how Steve Yzerman who retired from our beloved Wings will be remembered this week.Â He was never flashy but always efficient.Â I have met him many times with the job I have and even as a fan and he was always the consummate professional.Â Many times after a tough loss I approached him and most of the time he spoke and when he just didnâ€™t want to, was always gracious and kind.
Steve was always what a city wanted in a hero.Â His blue-collar attitude, his taking the time for every kids request for an autograph and most of all a winner.
Thatâ€™s how I will remember Steve, a winner.Â On the ice and off.Â A hero that I had the honor of getting to meet and spend time with, he came to Detroit a Canadian and left a Michigander.Â Thanks Steve.