Ciccarelli. Ysebaert. Lidstrom. Primeau. Cheveldae. Growing up in northwest Ohio and well within the night-time range of Detroit’s WJR-AM, these Detroit Red Wings players were my earliest hockey heroes. The opportunity to see some of them skate again no doubt drives the NHL’s Alumni series, which thrives in an age when even most MLB teams have abandoned the once-common Old Timers’ Games.
So forgive me for marking out a bit tonight when Steve Yzerman—taking a quick break away from his day job running the Tampa Bay Lightning—scored on a rebound against Patrick Roy tonight as part of Colorado’s Stadium Series festivities. (Roy will always be a Canadien in my mind, anyway, and who can’t take pleasure in that?)