Born: Cranbrook, B.C.
DOB: May 9, 1965 (36). Height: 5-11, Weight: 185 pounds. Shoots: Right. NHL team: Detroit Red Wings.
International history: Member of Canada's 1998 Winter Olympic team, he also played for Canada in the 1996 World Cup of hockey. In three world championships, produced 37 scoring points.
What he brings: One of the most accomplished two-way players in the game, Yzerman began his career as primarily a scorer and evolved into a player with a strong defensive presence. Has the ability to play left wing as well as centre.
Career highlights: A member of two Stanley Cup championships, 1997 and 1998. Won the 1998 Conn Smythe trophy. NHL first-team all-star in 2002. Won the Frank J. Selke trophy as the league's top defensive player in 2000. Member of the 1984 All-rookie team. Played in nine NHL all-star teams.