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A biography pulled from "The Official Red Wings Yearbook 1998-1999"

    Steve won the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player of the 1998 playoffs. Highly skilled. Tough. Relentless. Always hungry for a win. A true team leader. His teammates call him Silk, because there's nobody smoother on the ice. Drafted by the Red Wings in 1983, he was named Top Rookie by The Sporting News magazine and scored club rookie records in both goals and total points. In 1986, Steve was named captain of the Red Wings. At age 21, he was the youngest captain in Detroit team history. THe 1988-89 season was milestone year for Steve. He set club records in goals, assists and points and ranked third overall in the NHL in each category. He also became one of only four players in NHL history to get 150 or more points. He scored 65 goals that year and followed with 62 goals in the 1989-90 season to become one of only six players in history to accomplish this scoring feat. He was second in the NHL in goals scored that year. In 1993, Stevie Y joined the 1000 point club. The following season, he scored his 500th career goal, becoming the 22nd player in history to score that many goals. The 1996-97 season was a year of milestones for Steve. He played his 1000th career game. He scored his 1300th career point and his 800th career assist. His 3-point November effort against San Jose moved up to second place on the all-time Red Wings point list. But Stevie's most important goal of the 1997 season , or maybe even his 15-year career was in the second playoff game against Colorado, when he skated behind the net and shoved it in off goalie, Patrick Roy's leg. It was the turning point of his team's 42-year quest for the cup. Leading his team to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, Stevie Y has earned a special place in Red Wing history and the hearts of hockey's greatest fans. What ever off time Steve doesn't spend with his wife, Lisa and their three children, might be filled with an unannounced to the children's floor at a local hospital.

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