By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Steve Yzerman is returning to the Detroit Red Wings. The Hall of Famer has been named the team’s General Manager.
He has replaced Ken Holland, who was the team’s GM. Holland is not leaving the franchise, though.
Holland has been promoted to the team’s Senior Vice President.
“This is a truly exciting day for the Detroit Red Wings, we are thrilled to welcome Steve Yzerman back to Hockeytown,” said Ilitch. “Steve has produced tremendous results as a General Manager in the National Hockey League, as well as an executive in international competition. He is a smart, driven, competitive and determined executive with outstanding leadership skills, as demonstrated both over his playing and management careers.
“Steve and Ken have proven to be two of the most successful general managers of their era, and to have Steve leading our hockey operations and Ken providing valued support is a tremendous advantage for our organization. I believe we took a strong management team and made it even stronger today.”
Yzerman had been in an advisory role during the final year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2018-19 season. He was replaced by Assistant General Manager Julien BriseBois, who took over as the team’s GM.
Before stepping down on Sept. 11, 2018, he spent nearly eight-years as the team’s Vice-President and General Manager. He was hired by Tampa Bay on May 25, 2010.
Following the end of his career, he also was the Red Wings Vice-President and Alternate Governor. In a 2016 story in The Detroit News, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch admitted to attempting to promote Holland to name Yzerman as the team’s GM.
However, Holland, who had been the team’s GM since 1997, declined the promotion.
He spent his entire 22-year career with the Red Wings. His career began in 1983 before ending in 2006.
During his tenure, the team won three Stanley Cup Championships.
The 53-year-old Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada native appeared in 1,514 games during his playing career. He had 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points.
Yzerman also had a 184 +/- and 924 PIM.
He was a 10-time All-Star during his career. Yzerman also was the first 18-year-old to be selected to an All-Star Game in 1984.
In addition, he won the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1989 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1998. He added the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2000. In addition, he also won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2003 and the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2006.
Besides winning three Stanley Cups as a player, he won the Stanley Cup as an executive in 2008.
At the time of his retirement, he was first in Red Wings history in assists, second in goals and points and fourth in games played. He was also second in seasons and games played with one franchise.
He is the longest tenured captain for a team in NHL history at 19 seasons and 1,303 games. The Red Wings retired his No. 19 on Jan. 2, 2007.