Yzerman was ‘fierce competitor’

By Pierre LeBrun, ESPN.com
Originally Published: November 5, 2009

The scene was Joe Louis Arena during the pregame warm-up before Game 2 of the 2002 first-round playoff series between the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks.

Steve Yzerman could barely stand the pain in his right knee, which at that point was being held together by smoke and mirrors. He had gutted it out through the Olympics a few months earlier and was determined to battle through it again for the NHL playoffs… Click here to read on


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