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This Date in NHL History

July 3: Yzerman retires from NHL after 22 seasons, all with Red Wings

Plus: Selanne born; Hull signs with Stars

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 3

2006: Steve Yzerman announces his retirement after 22 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings select Yzerman with the No. 4 pick of the 1983 NHL Draft and name him captain three years later; at 21, he's the youngest player (at that time) to be named captain and fills that role for an NHL-record 19 seasons.

Yzerman piles up points early in his career but develops into a more effective two-way player later on and helps the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1997, ending a 42-year drought. They repeat in 1998 and win again in 2002. He retires with 1,755 points (692 goals, 1,063 assists).

"I've enjoyed every aspect," he says. "My whole career has really been a highlight in that I've really enjoyed playing. At the age of 5 and before that I really wanted to be an NHL player. It's all I ever wanted to do."

Yzerman remains with the Red Wings in the front office until 2010, when he takes the job as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. But he returns to the Red Wings as GM on April 19, 2019.

Video: Steve Yzerman was Detroit's captain for 19 seasons

 

MORE MOMENTS

1970: Teemu Selanne is born, in Helsinki, Finland. Selanne is the first-round choice (No. 10) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1988 NHL Draft; he joins the Jets in 1992-93 and sets rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points. Selanne scores at least 50 goals in 1996-97 and 1997-98, and then has 48 goals and 94 points to help the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. He ends his NHL career after the 2013-14 season with 684 goals and 1,457 points, NHL records for Finland-born players, and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

Video: Selanne gets the most important call of his career

 

1998: One year and one day after signing one future Hockey Hall of Fame member, goaltender Ed Belfour, the Dallas Stars add another when they sign forward Brett Hull. Though the 33-year-old isn't the offensive force who scores 228 goals in a three-season span from 1989-92 with the St. Louis Blues, he scores 32 goals in his first season with the Stars, then gets eight more in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the overtime goal in Game 6 of the Final that wins the Cup for the Stars.

Video: Brett Hull fourth leading goal-scorer in NHL

 

2003: The Colorado Avalanche land two future Hall of Famers when they sign free agents Selanne and Paul Kariya and Selanne to one-year contracts after the two decide they want to play together again, as they did with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 1996-2001. The Avalanche, Stanley Cup winners in 1995 and 2001, have dreams of another championship after signing two of the NHL's top forwards, but Colorado finishes second in the Northwest Division and is eliminated in the second round of the playoffs -- and neither player returns for a second season when play resumes after the 2004-05 lockout.

 

2006: The Anaheim Ducks acquire defenseman Chris Pronger from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Ladislav Smid. The addition of Pronger, who helps Edmonton reach Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, keys the Ducks' run to their first championship in 2007.

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