DETROIT, Michigan -- Former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was named vice president of the team on Monday, just fewer than three months after retiring as a player.
"After retiring as the longest serving captain in NHL history and the on-ice leader of our franchise for 23 years, it is only fitting that he join our management team," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement.
For years leading up to his retirement, Yzerman and the Red Wings had discussed his options for remaining with the team after leaving the game as a player.
The Red Wings will retire Yzerman's No. 19 jersey on January 2 before they host the Anaheim Ducks.