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Hockey Canada tabs Yzerman head for 2014 Olympics

by Adam Kimelman
Hockey Canada on Monday named Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman executive director of Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

It's a continuation of the job Yzerman had in 2010, when he assembled a Canadian team that won the Olympic gold in Vancouver on Sidney Crosby's overtime goal against the U.S. in the championship game.

Yzerman also will have the same three assistants that he did in 2010 -- St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Edmonton Oilers President Kevin Lowe.

"I am very pleased with the group that we have assembled to lead us through the next two seasons," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. "Steve, Doug, Ken and Kevin provide a great deal of experience gained from their involvement in 2010 and their long-time involvement with our program."

"I would like to thank Bob Nicholson and Hockey Canada for the opportunity to return to this role of executive director," Yzerman said. "While winning in Vancouver was something unique and extraordinary, I am as excited about taking on another great challenge. 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."

The NHL has not committed to sending its players to the 2014 Games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia.

Hockey Canada also announced that Lowe would serve as general manager of Canada's team for the 2012 World Championship, which will be held May 4-17 in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland.

Assisting Lowe will be Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Toronto Maple Leafs Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Dave Nonis.

"The opportunity to work for Hockey Canada again is something I'm really excited about," Yzerman said.
"Vancouver was one of the greatest experiences of my career in hockey. It was very rewarding and enjoyable experience for us all, as well as very educational."

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