Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/01/10 at 02:03 AM ET
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Steve Yzerman stayed out of the limelight at the Vancouver Olympics but behind the scenes he played a key role in Team Canada’s road to gold.
During practices or team gatherings, the executive director of the Canadian men’s hockey team would quietly take one of his players aside to offer a bit of advice or a few calming words. He knew some were feeling the weight of expectations — he was carrying a pretty heavy burden himself.
It was a different style than that of Wayne Gretzky eight years ago when Canada won gold in Salt Lake City, but it was equally effective.
“It’s not something I really planned,” Yzerman said Sunday night. “You’re sitting there thinking — you’re watching the game or you’re watching practice and something comes through your mind — you want to pass that on to a guy. Hopefully it helps.
“Amazingly, great athletes and successful guys, they just like to talk a little bit and be reassured.”
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