Yzerman Named Red Wings VP

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.

Yzerman retired on July 3, with Red Wings legends Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay present at the press conference.

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.

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This is a topic that I have rread about in several hockey magazines as well as discussed with several other people. My feelings are this:

1. I think the ultimate goal here is General manager unless Stevie gets crazy and decides he wants to be a coach. Some people might say that is crazy but the same things was said about the geat one and look at where he is now.

2. I can see this because if the Wings start to go down hill for whatever reason Hollamd might be out of a job

Posted by SYfanSD on 9/25/2006 at 10:04 PM


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