On his last visit, Steve Yzerman says he was "lucky" to call Joe Louis Arena home

Posted at 10:24 PM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 23:03:19-04

On what will presumably be his last visit to Joe Louis Arena, Red Wings great Steve Yzerman said he was "lucky" to spend his entire career with the Red Wings.

"It was really special to me to be a Red wing my entire career, and I was really lucky to be able to that. Timing comes into it, and we did a lot of winning. As a team wins, they want to keep it together and that's probably the biggest reason why I was here," said Yzerman ahead of the Lightning's last game at The Joe.

He also praised the building itself. "The simplicity of the building is what was great about it. The fan atmosphere in the building, the fans were right on top of you. I liked the ice service, the ice was always good. The boards were good. They had a little cushion to them. All the things that are important to a player, this building had," said Yzerman.

Yzerman -- currently Tampa Bay's general manager -- was asked if there's anything he would like to take from Joe Louis Arena as a momento. He said he'd like to leave with two points.

Yzerman reflected on his favorite memories in the building, saying the best moments were hoisting those two Stanley Cups.