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Yzerman honored with Order of Hockey in Canada

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

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Yzerman honored with Order of Hockey in Canada
Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was one of three people invested into the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada.

Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was one of three people invested into the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada.

Yzerman was honored for a 22-year playing career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but also for his role as general manager of Canada's men's hockey gold medalists from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In a playing career spent entirely in Detroit, Yzerman totaled 692 goals and 1,755 points, both in the top 10 in NHL history, and captained the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships. He also won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Joining Yzerman in the Order of Hockey in Canada are Clare Drake and France St. Louis.

Drake, 86, is the most successful coach in Canadian university hockey with 697 wins. He led the University of Alberta to six Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union championships and 17 Canada West titles. He also was the co-coach of Canada's team at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and guided Canada to the 1984 Spengler Cup championship. He spent one season (1975-76) as coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association, and two seasons (1989-91) as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets.

St. Louis, 55, won five gold medals at IIHF World Women's Championships, including serving as captain of the 1992 and 1994 teams. She also won a silver medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and served as assistant chef de mission for the Canadian Olympic team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She has been named Quebec's most valuable athlete in female hockey twice and in 2003 was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame.

The trio will be honored at a dinner Monday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, home of the Vancouver Canucks.

Also on hand are members of Canada's men's and women's Olympic teams and the women's national under-18 team, who will receive their championship rings.

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