5 of 10

When Steve Yzerman retired from the Detroit Red Wings after the 2006 season, he had served as the team's captain for 19 seasons -- the longest tenure in NHL history. In that time, he led the Wings to three Stanley Cups. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1998. He'd win another Cup in 2008, this time as a Red Wings executive. Yzerman ranks 10th all-time with 185 playoff points.

Text: Lauren Shute
Photo: David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated

Average: 3.3 (4 votes)