Steve Yzerman 'extremely saddened' by death of Mike Ilitch
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he was "extremely saddened" to hear of the passing of long-time Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.
Yzerman was an iconic Hall of Fame captain of the Red Wings, developing a unique relationship with the Ilitch family over several decades.
"Both Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch, as well as their entire family, have had an immeasurable impact on not only my career, but my life," Yzerman said in a statement. "Going back to the age of 18 when I arrived in Detroit, the guidance, generosity, concern and love Mr, Ilitch had always shown me and my family are things I will forever be grateful for.
“I was extremely fortunate to have played my entire career for a man who's love of hockey and burning desire to win were the catalysts which drove the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup Championships after purchasing the team in 1982.
“Mr. Ilitch has left an incredible legacy in baseball, hockey and Metropolitan Detroit. He will forever be
remembered for all the ways he enriched our lives. Mike Ilitch will live on vividly in my mind and heart forever.”