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Yzerman takes helm of Canadian Olympic team with deep group around him @NHLdotcom

OTTAWA - Steve Yzerman was handed the reins for the 2010 Canadian Olympic hockey team Saturday and a strong management staff will help in the quest for gold in Vancouver.

Ken Holland and Kevin Lowe will serve as associate directors to Yzerman, the squad's executive director.

Doug Armstrong is director of player personnel and will serve as Canada's general manager for the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

"I am truly honoured and privileged to take on the role of executive director for Hockey Canada going into 2010," said Yzerman. "I am also very excited about the group that we have in place, a group that has great experience at both the professional and international level."

Holland is general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Lowe is president of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers and Armstrong is the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.

Yzerman takes over from Wayne Gretzky, who put together the gold-medal winning team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the club that struggled at the 2006 Turin Games.

Gretzky will serve as an adviser to Yzerman, who was Canada's GM at the last two IIHF World Hockey Championships. His teams combined for a 17-1 record, winning a gold medal in 2007 and silver last May.

"Hockey Canada is going to Vancouver to make all Canadians proud in 2010 and Steve is just the person to lead us," Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada's president and CEO, said in a statement.

"Steve is well respected throughout the hockey world for good reason. He has served this country whenever called upon and we are thrilled that he will be leading our men's Olympic team in 2010."

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