Steve Yzerman

Canadian ice hockey player Steve Yzerman

Stephen Gregory "Steve" Yzerman is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Yzerman played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Steve Yzerman Keeps Adapting, and the Lightning Keep Winning
NYTimes - 28 days
Yzerman, Tampa Bay’s general manager, has shrewdly navigated plenty of turnover on his roster and built a team that is leading the N.H.L. this season.
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Morning roundtable: Stock of Ben Bishop, Dmitry Kulikov among those changing significantly
ABC News - about 1 year
Whose trade stock has changed the most in the past week? Scott Burnside: It's more than a bit shocking to see the Tampa Bay Lightning last in the Eastern Conference. But that's where they are. Now, like everyone else in the compacted East, the Lightning aren't totally out of it, but the days leading up to the March 1 trade deadline will be difficult ones for GM Steve Yzerman. Which brings us to goalie Ben Bishop, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and really doesn't fit the Bolts' long-term plans. Injury and uneven play have made it a difficult season for Bishop, but he has turned in two solid performances in a row, including a 28-save shutout of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. With the Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues enduring goaltending woes that could have implications on playoff participation, Bishop's recent resurgence could prompt renewed interest in.....
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NHL-List of top 10 all-time leading scorers
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Dec 22 (Reuters) - The following is a list of the National Hockey League's top 10 all-time leading scorers (total includes goals and assists): Player Years Points 1. Wayne Gretzky 1979-99 2,857 2. Jaromir Jagr 1990-17 1,888 3. Mark Messier 1979-04 1,887 4. Gordie Howe 1946-80 1,850 5. Ron Francis 1981-04 1,798 6. Marcel Dionne 1971-89 1,771 7. Steve Yzerman 1983-06 1,755 8. Mario Lemieux 1984-06 1,723 9. Joe Sakic 1988-09 1,641 10. Phil Esposito 1963-81 1,590 (Compiled by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Larry Fine/Peter Rutherford)
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Lightning lose Stamkos for four months after surgery
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss the next four months of the National Hockey League season after undergoing right-knee surgery, team vice president Steve Yzerman announced. Stamkos had a torn meniscus repaired by doctor Robert LaPrade in Vail, Colorado, and was given a four-month timetable that means he will miss more than 50 games but it would enable him to return for the final month of the NHL regular season. The 26-year-old Canadian center was injured Tuesday in a 4-3 victory over Detroit in a collision with the Red Wings's Gustav Nyquist.
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Steve Yzerman thinks World Cup will help, not hinder, Lightning players
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Steve Yzerman on having players in the World Cup....
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Sabres rookie Jack Eichel stays grounded while poised for NHL stardom
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Jack Eichel had posters of some of hockey's greatest players on his bedroom wall while growing up in Massachusetts: Sidney Crosby, Pavel Bure, Alex Ovechkin, Steve Yzerman. The children of Sabres veteran Matt Moulson have their own future NHL star hanging around the house: Eichel. The 19-year-old...
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Lightning beat up on Original Six to reach Cup finals
Yahoo News - over 2 years
By Tim Wharnsby The Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 11 years with an entirely new cast and new-found confidence after beating the National Hockey League's old guard along the way. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards helped the franchise win its only championship back in 2004, but there are no holdovers from that veteran-laden team. Tampa Bay has a new owner in Jeff Vinik, new general manager Steve Yzerman, a different coach in Jon Cooper and a totally changed roster awaiting the Western Conference champion Anaheim Ducks or Chicago Blackhawks.
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Hecklers, Hooligans and the Striped-Shirted Maitre D
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
As is the case with any human relationship, there are some players and coaches that officials get along with better than others. Likewise, these relationships can change for the better or for the worse over time. As a referee, I generally enjoyed dealing with the players and, to a lesser extent, the coaches. Honestly, I often got my biggest kick out of dealing with hockey fans. As a matter of fact, I have developed some of my closest friendships with hockey fans who heckled me. One time I was in Toronto and there was a man in the stands behind the bench sitting with a stunningly beautiful woman next to him. Throughout the game, he kept up with a running series of heckles aimed at me. Finally, before the start of the third period, I went over to the glass. "Hey, lady," I said, gesturing to the man with her. "Is THAT the only way you can get to a Leafs game? You know, I could get you better seats." Everyone around them laughed. The guy simmered down. After the game, ...
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NHL is open to future participation in Olympics, key official says
Chicago Times - about 4 years
SOCHI, Russia -- Although the NHL has not committed to sending its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, many players and Team Canada executive Steve Yzerman have strongly endorsed the idea of again allowing the league's players to represent their homelands.     
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Sharks could trade for help
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
The NHL roster freeze from Feb. 7-23 while the league shuts down for the Winter Olympics could create trade activity weeks before the March 5 deadline. First off, the Sharks are buyers and there is no way those ticketed for potential free agency at season's end - Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle - are going anywhere now in a deal. Wilson has brought back Brad Stuart and Scott Hannan, players with a known track record he knew would be comfortable again in San Jose. Smyth lives for the playoff season, and it seems like you can never have enough of these guys in the postseason. When the Sharks play the Lightning on Saturday, there could be a little something extra motivating two proud Canadians. Thornton would never admit feeling a snub, but he'd love to have a big game in front of Tampa Bay G.M. Steve Yzerman, who had the final say in selecting Team Canada's roster for next month's Winter Games. If Marleau, with 1,213 career games, plays in the Sharks' remaining 34 games t...
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Stamkos suffers broken right leg, dims Olympic hopes
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who shares the National Hockey League lead with 14 goals this season, suffered a broken right leg on Monday and will be out indefinitely. The injury means Stamkos could miss out on playing for Canada in February at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, when his homeland defends the gold medal won on home ice in 2010 at Vancouver. The 23-year-old Canadian, the top pick of the 2008 NHL Draft and 2012 NHL goal-scoring champion, was stretchered off the ice with 7:11 remaining in the second period of an eventual 3-0 loss to the host Boston Bruins. The Lightning confirmed that Stamkos has a broken right tibia, but Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would not confirm a TSN Canada report that he will need surgery.
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Top Sharks in line for Olympic berths
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
A handful of Canadian-born Sharks were under the microscope in Detroit on Monday with Canada's Olympic general manager, Steve Yzerman, in attendance. Games like Monday's 1-0 win at Detroit - in which Couture accounted for the score by converting in a shootout - are huge for the Olympic hopefuls. Vlasic displayed his usual shutdown skills on the blue line, and Couture was often going head-to-head with Detroit's crafty Pavel Datsyuk, one of the league's most gifted offensive stars, whose skills typify what will grace the Olympic ice. Other Sharks sure to get long looks include center Joe Pavelski (U.S.) - a slam dunk to make his second straight Olympic team - goalie Antti Niemi (Finland) and winger Martin Havlat (assuming he returns soon) and possibly rookie phenom Tomas Hertl (both Czech Republic). When San Jose returns from its five-game road trip, Sharks' fans will get a look at Mike Brown, the gritty forward acquired from Edmonton on Monday in exchange for a draft pick. Brown h...
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Quenneville: Keep fighting rules the way they are
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Coach, Hawks players say it's necessary for player protection The howling about fighting's place in hockey filled hallways, airwaves and notebooks again this week, with esteemed voices such as Steve Yzerman and Scotty Bowman urging that it be controlled or penalized more harshly.     
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Babcock to coach Canada's men's ice hockey team in Sochi
Yahoo News - over 4 years
(Reuters) - Mike Babcock will return as head coach of the defending champion Canadian men's ice hockey team at next year's Sochi Olympics, Hockey Canada said on Monday. Fellow National Hockey League (NHL) veteran coaches Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues) and Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) will serve as assistants to the Detroit Reds Wings bench boss. "Canada's coaching staff has a great deal of international and professional experience for the challenge that awaits us in Sochi," Steve Yzerman, executive director of Canada's national men's team, said in a statement. ...
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From 'Kaner' To 'The MancChild,' A How-To Guide To Hockey Nicknames
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
CHICAGO (AP) — The best names in the NHL are the ones that never make the roster. Or get used by Mom. Tazer. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Sid the Kid. Looch (who also goes by Gino). The Bulin Wall. Kells. "There's always someone, or a few guys, that want to call you different things," said Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, dubbed "The ManChild" by his teammates. "I guess it's just part of the camaraderie of the sport and the guys being close. I'm not really sure of the exact science." Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that nicknames are part of the game, a byproduct of both competition and camaraderie. But hockey players have taken it to an art form. From the littlest mite to the NHL's biggest stars, everyone's got a moniker — and usually more than one. Most are simplistic, involving the addition or subtraction of a letter or two. Shorten a last name, tack on an 's' or a 'y'...
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Ashley Woods: Growing Up Joe
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Joe Louis may be a hulking, windowless, concrete monstrosity of an arena, but it doubled as the best playground in the world for two young kids. Some of the best moments of my childhood were spent with my brother, chasing each other through the concourse, up and down those beer-stained, rank-smelling steps. I remember playing hide-and-seek in those heavy red vinyl curtains separating the concourse from the 20,000-plus seat bowl where the Detroit Red Wings played. And how the stadium workers told me that the fourth floor was full of rats, longer than your arm, who lived for years in the cold. Maybe they just said that so my brother and I wouldn't sneak up the elevators. Those imaginary rats are going to have to find new place to live. On Wednesday, we reported that Detroit's Downtown Development Authority has plans to build a new home for the Wings in the Cass Corridor. The $650 million investment will replace one of the oldest NHL arenas, and also have long-lasting eff...
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Red Wings Star Gets New Deal
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of this offseason by agreeing to a new deal with Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk and the Red Wings agreed on a three-year contract Tuesday, two days before his 35th birthday, to keep the Russian superstar with the franchise through the 2016-17 season. "We're obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. "This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none." Datsyuk can't sign the contract until July 5 because he was entering the last year of his current deal. Soon after the season ended with a Game 7 loss in the second round at Chicago, Datsyuk said he wanted to stay with the Red Wings instead of returning home to play in Russia followi...
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NHL To Make Rule Changes
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
TORONTO (AP) — New NHL players might soon be forced to wear visors, and the rest might join that group in the not too distant future. The league's competition committee recommended on Tuesday that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Any changes must first be approved by the league's board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute, high-sticking penalties subject to video review. But the decision on visors was the biggest item. Former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said a "clear majority" of players supported grandfathering visors. But he declined to say what percent of players voted in favor of the change in an internal survey. Five owners and five players reached a consensus t...
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Kolby Solinsky: It's Time the NHL Makes Visors Mandatory
Huffington Post Sports - almost 5 years
------------------------------------------------------------ We get it, hockey people (myself included). We know you like to act tougher than your players' dress code suggests. We know everything is a tradition for you. We know we can't tell you what a good ol' Canadian boy would do. Before you can say anything, just know this: we know. But, please, please, please... Everybody in the NHL, for the love of whatever imaginary friend in the sky you believe in, WEAR A GODDAMN VISOR! On Tuesday night, young gun defenceman Marc Staal took a blast to the face. The image -- when slowed down, as it has been -- is disturbing, because the puck hits Staal just above his right face and it looks like his face concaves on itself before he falls to the ice in what can only have been an absurd amount of pain chased with fear. Fear for his future. Fear for the right now. Take another look: ------------------------------------------------------------ OK, now, here's wh...
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Kolby Solinsky: Is Hockey a Racist Sport?
Huffington Post Sports - about 5 years
-------------------------------------------------- Finally. Finally somebody said it. Finally somebody defended the innocent actions of Evander Kane, and finally somebody said those words we all knew we'd finally hear a hockey player say, one day. It's just too bad it had to be Kane, himself, who said them. "I think a good portion of (the criticism of me) is because I'm black and I'm not afraid to say that," the left winger told The Hockey News. (*The story is set to come out on March 4, said The Sporting News.) He then clarified his statements with a solid one-line just after. "I don't feel like a victim and I don't want to be perceived as one." Now, the defenders of the realm will be quick to throw up their arms and roll back their eyes. Oh, please, they'll say. Not everything is a racial issue. Just because he's black doesn't mean that's why he's been criticized. They'll be quick to point out that he's been flagged for a number of off-ice indiscreti...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    It was later revealed by The Detroit News in 2016 that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch attempted to promote Holland to make room for Yzerman to become the team's General Manager, but Holland declined the promotion.
  • 2015
    On June 24, 2015, Yzerman was awarded the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, becoming the first Lightning GM to receive the honour in team history.
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  • 2014
    Yzerman said he would consider coming back as head of the Canadian team in 2014.
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  • 2012
    In 2012, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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    Yzerman was again appointed executive director of Team Canada on March 5, 2012, for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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  • 2010
    In the middle of the season, he also traded for goaltender Dwayne Roloson as the Lightning progressed to the Eastern Conference Finals just one year after the team had not even qualified for the 2010 playoffs.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On June 23, 2009, it was announced that Yzerman would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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    After turning down the Minnesota job before the 2009–10 season concluded, Yzerman accepted the Lightning job and was named the team's new vice-president and general manager on May 25, 2010.
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    In 2009, Yzerman was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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  • 2008
    Yzerman was voted as the NHL's greatest captain by the fans in the 2008–09 season.
    Yzerman received another honour when he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on February 11, 2008.
    On January 11, 2008, when the Red Wings visited Ottawa to play the Senators, Yzerman was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
  • 2007
    Yzerman had expressed his desire to run a team while with the Red Wings front office since the latter part of his playing career, and had gained experience in running a team through his work with Hockey Canada, having assembled several rosters between 2007 and 2010 for Hockey Canada.
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    On January 2, 2007, Yzerman was presented the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at a luncheon prior to the jersey retirement ceremony.
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    On January 30, 2007, Hockey Canada named Yzerman the general manager of Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow (April 27–May 13), where the team beat Finland 4–2 on May 13 to win the Championship.
    On January 2, 2007, the Red Wings retired Yzerman's jersey #19 before a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
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    Yzerman was the general manager of Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF World Championship, which they won.
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    He won a fourth Stanley Cup as the vice president of operations in 2007–08.
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    Yzerman's #19 jersey was retired on January 2, 2007, during a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
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  • 2006
    On September 25, 2006, Yzerman was named as a vice president of the Detroit Red Wings.
    On September 25, 2006, the Red Wings named Yzerman a team vice president and alternate governor.
    On July 3, 2006, Yzerman announced his retirement from the NHL.
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    He scored his final NHL goal, the 692nd of his career, on April 3, 2006, in a game against Calgary.
    On March 31, 2006, he scored his 691st NHL career goal, passing Mario Lemieux for eighth place all-time.
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  • 2005
    On August 2, 2005, Yzerman signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings; this was his last contract signed as a player.
    Yzerman returned in the 2005–06 season, following the labour lockout in 2004–05, wearing a face shield.
  • 2004
    The eye injury also forced Yzerman to miss the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
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    Yzerman underwent eye surgery following the incident, and was sidelined for the rest of the 2004 post-season.
    On May 1, 2004, Yzerman was hit in the eye by a deflected slapshot by the Calgary Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener in a playoff game, breaking his orbital bone and scratching his cornea.
  • 2002
    That fall, Yzerman underwent a knee realignment surgery known as an osteotomy. He missed the first 66 games of the 2002–03 season but earned an assist in his first game back on February 27, 2003.
    Yzerman's knee greatly pained him during the 2002 playoffs, but this did not stop him from leading the Red Wings from an early 2–0 deficit in their opening round series to defeat the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues en route to Detroit's fifth playoff series with Colorado, and the third time the two teams had battled to decide the Western Conference Championship.
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  • 2001
    In 2001–02, Yzerman re-aggravated a knee injury, forcing him to miss 30 regular season games, though nonetheless still finished sixth in team scoring.
  • 2000
    In 2000, he made the NHL All-Star First Team and won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League's top defensive forward.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    On November 26, 1999, Yzerman became the 11th player in NHL history to score 600 goals.
  • 1997
    He handed the Cup first to the wheelchair-bound Vladimir Konstantinov, who had been severely injured in a car accident just six days after the Cup victory in 1997.
    In 1997, Yzerman put to rest all doubts of his ability to lead a team to a championship as Detroit won its first Stanley Cup in 42 years after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers.
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  • 1996
    Yzerman scored perhaps the most memorable goal of his career in the 1996 playoffs, stealing the puck from Wayne Gretzky and beating St. Louis Blues goaltender Jon Casey with a slap shot from the blue line to win the Western Conference Semifinals in double overtime of Game 7.
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  • 1995
    Before the start of the 1995–96 NHL season, Yzerman's leadership was called into question and soon he had to deal with rumours that he was to be traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mathieu Schneider and a first-round draft pick, a deal that was publicized in Le Journal de Montréal as being pushed for hard by Yzerman's former coach Jacques Demers.
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    In 1995, Yzerman led Detroit to its first Stanley Cup finals series since 1966, but the Red Wings were swept by the New Jersey Devils.
  • 1993
    When Scotty Bowman took over as coach in 1993, Yzerman initially chafed under Bowman's stern coaching style.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    During the 1988–89 season, Yzerman recorded 155 points (65 goals and 90 assists), finishing third in regular season scoring behind Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky and also winning the Lester B. Pearson Award (MVP as voted by the National Hockey League Players' Association), and was a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP as voted by the NHL writers).
  • 1985
    Following the departure of Red Wings captain Danny Gare after the 1985–86 season, then-Head Coach Jacques Demers named Yzerman captain of the team on October 7, 1986, making him the youngest captain in the team's history.
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  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on May 9, 1965.
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