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How beloved is new Lightning GM Steve Yzerman in Detroit? Read this

Posted May 25, 2010 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated May 25, 2010 at 09:32 PM

How beloved is Steve Yzerman back in Detroit? Well, a number of Red Wings fans are now adopting Tampa Bay as their new “second’’ favorite team, according to some message boards I’ve been perusing through today. Beyond that, Yzerman is seen as a member of the family that has left town, as evidenced by this statement released by Red Wings’ owners Mike and Maria Ilitch:

Statement from Marian & Michael Ilitch, Owners, Detroit Red Wings

“Today is a difficult day for us, just as we know it is for Red Wings fans everywhere.  It’s hard to imagine Steve Yzerman in anything other than the red and white Winged Wheel as he has been synonymous with the Red Wings and Hockeytown for as long as most of us can remember!  We want to congratulate Steve on his new position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  This is an exciting and well-deserved opportunity for him and his family, and we know he will do a terrific job in this next chapter of his life.  Yet, this is not easy—we’re having a difficult time, frankly, because Stevie’s been with us from the start and we consider him part of our family.  We drafted him as a young and shy 18 year old—just a year after we bought the team—and he has been part of it all: the ups and downs, highs and lows, the Cups, the celebrations, really everything Red Wings over the last 27 years. We watched him grow and develop over the years into a Hall of Fame player, a wonderful husband and father and now, a very capable executive.  We appreciate all Stevie has done for us, our organization and this community, and we wish him all the best.  Stevie Y will always be a Red Wing and he’ll always be in our hearts.”

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