|Yzerman played in three world championships, two Olympics, a World Cup, Canada Cup and world junior championship. (Elsa Hasch/Allsport) |
CALGARY -- One of the greatest leaders in hockey history has agreed to lead Team Canada into the next IIHF world hockey championship.
Red Wings Vice-President Steve Yzerman will serve as the general manager of Canada's entry at the event in Moscow this April and May, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.
"I really enjoyed my experiences in international hockey," said Yzerman, who helped Canada to gold at the 2002 Olympics. "I enjoyed watching them as a young boy and participating throughout my career. Being able to stay involved to me is very exciting."
Yzerman played in three world championships, two Olympics, a World Cup, Canada Cup and world junior championship.
It's that kind of experience and the leadership Yzerman demonstrated at those events that helped land him the GM job.
"He was really a leader with Team Canada the last number of years," Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson said. "We see that helping with his relationship with players, but I really see him taking a great leadership role with this team on a management (level).
"I think Steve will (make the transition) from ice to management very easily."
The 41-year-old is seen as a potential candidate to help assemble the Canadian team for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. But Yzerman wants to see how this experience goes first.
"Talking about the future is kind of premature with regards to international hockey," he said. "This is my first venture in."
Canada finished fourth at last year's world championship in Riga, Latvia, after losing a bronze-medal game to Finland.
It last won gold at the events in 2003 and 2004. Canada took silver in 2005.