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Yzerman returns to GM Team Canada at 2014 Olympics

Mar 5, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

Yzerman Canada

He’s baaaack!

That was the message from Hockey Canada on Monday as they announced Steve Yzerman would once again lead Canada at the Winter Olympics. Yzerman was tabbed to reprise his GM role for the 2014 Sochi Games after leading Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

“The opportunity to work with Hockey Canada again is something I’m really excited about,” Yzerman said. “I really, really enjoyed the experience in the past, and really look forward to the next few years. And hopefully all goes well and the National Hockey League players will be participating in Sochi as well.”

Joining Yzerman in managerial roles are his same assistants from 2010 — St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Edmonton Oilers president Kevin Lowe.

Yzerman was a borderline Demigod following the gold medal win in Vancouver, but it will be interesting to see how he performs in a follow-up role. Wayne Gretzky, also familiar with being a Canadian icon, returned to GM the national team after winning gold at the 2002 Salt Lake games…only to fall flat in 2006 (Canada finished third in its group, then lost to Russia in the quarterfinals.)

The difficulty of following-up a gold medal performance is something Yzerman alluded to.

“While winning in Vancouver was something unique and extraordinary, I am as excited about taking on another great challenge,” he said. “I look forward to working with Doug, Ken, Kevin, Peter and Dave and the Hockey Canada staff to put a plan in place to bring Canada success internationally.”

  1. taytay099 - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    That’s one solid group of GM’s.

  2. rob1986s - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    That’s a pretty impressive collection of hockey brain power there. Hope to see the NHL send its players to Sochi as well.

  3. bensawesomeness - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I’ll be ok with whatever happens, as long as Sidney Crosby doesn’t score in overtime to win the gold again

    …anybody else. anybody else in the whole roster and i would have been able to live with myself

    • donfocker89 - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      You have no flipping idea how much I can compare to that feeling.

  4. geo91 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    I expect this team to look completely different, size has to be sacrificed for speed on the huge olympic size ice. The kids are gonna have to be grown up and well rounded by then too (Stamkos, Taveres, maybe Seguin?)

    • danphipps01 - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      Letang’s almost a shoe-in with the speed issue in mind.

  5. zach28 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    stamkos-crosby-nash//giroux-toews-e. staal//perry-getzlaf-eberle//tavares-j. staal-bergeron// ex: spezza, hall.

    weber-pietrangelo//keith-giardi//letang-m. staal// ex: phaneuf, del zotto

    ward//price//fleury

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