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Detroit is “resourceful” and will survive COVID



Steve Yzerman has a surprising revelation about life on the Detroit metro when he returns home to be the general manager of the Red Wings. Shot on April 19, 2019 in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press

Steve Yzerman spoke enthusiastically about his daily trips to the city center, his first since leaving the city. Detroit Red wings.

Over the past year, the man known locally as The Captain has regained consciousness of the city he called home playing for the Wings from 1983 to 2006 and as a front-line staff member. retirement office until 2010. At the time, his home commuter trip took him to Joe Louis Arena; since his return as general manager in April 2019, he has taken him to the Little Caesars Arena.

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Yzerman has worked from home since the NHL closed due to COVID-19 on March 12. He participated in a Zoom call on Wednesday, where he addressed the difficult times caused by the pandemic.

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman speaks to the media via a Zoom call on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Photo: Screenshot)

“One of the most exciting things for me when I returned to Detroit last year was the energy, growth and development of the city in downtown Detroit,” said Yzerman. “My kids always talked to me about it, about what was going on in Detroit. Last year being there, I thought it was a fantastic atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to it and I love going downtown.

“It’s a major setback, which is probably a blatant understatement, but Detroit will survive and come out of it. It’s a very resourceful state and a resourceful city, and we’re going to cross it. We will look back this time and be stronger and better for it. “

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Yzerman also seemed optimistic about the fortunes of the main professional sports teams in Detroit. Wings, Lions, Tigers and Pistons are all going through tough times – the last time one of them won a playoff game was on April 17, 2016, when the Wings defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (where Yzerman was general manager at the time).

“I came here in 1983, the Tigers won the World Series in 1984,” he said. “I saw the Pistons win championships. I watched the Red Wings, we went through our ups and downs. I have watched the Lions and we all hope the Lions have had great years with Barry and, when Wayne Fontes coached, exciting playoff periods and seasons.

“Everything is cyclical, and we will come back to it one day. This is what is exciting in sport. I think the four teams will regain the upper hand at some point. “

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