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Yzerman Returns As Executive Director Of Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada named Monday a National Men’s Team management group that will serve through the 2013-14 season and sees Steve Yzerman return as executive director and Kevin Lowe as general manager at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after leading Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

In all, the management group includes four individuals that were part of the management team that led Canada to Olympic gold in Vancouver.

Canada’s National Men’s Team management group (through 2013-14):

Executive director:     

Steve Yzerman (Nepean, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL)

Management group:     

Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL)
Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL)
Kevin Lowe (Lachute, Que./Edmonton, NHL)
Bob Nicholson (Penticton, B.C./Hockey Canada)
Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C./Hockey Canada)
The management group will oversee and lead operations for Canada’s National Men’s Team, including staff selection, player evaluation and selection as well as team operations for international events. Hockey Canada’s senior director of national teams and hockey operations, Scott Salmond, will continue to oversee team logistics, working closely with the management group.

Hockey Canada also announced, in collaboration with Yzerman, that Kevin Lowe will be the general manager of Canada’s entry at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Lowe will be supported by the entire management group as well as two assistant general managers.
Team Canada’s 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship management team:

Vice-president, Hockey Canada:     

Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C./Hockey Canada)

General manager:                     

Kevin Lowe (Lachute, Que./Edmonton, NHL)

Assistant general managers:         

Peter Chiarelli (Ottawa, Ont./Boston, NHL)
Dave Nonis (Burnaby, B.C./Toronto, NHL)
The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be held in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, from May 4-17, with Canada based in Helsinki for the entire event.
“I am very pleased with the group that we have assembled to lead us through the next two seasons,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “Steve, Doug, Ken and Kevin provide a great deal of experience gained from their involvement in 2010 and their long-time involvement with our program. Brad has been with Hockey Canada since 1998 and brings a wealth of international experience to the group, having led Canada at the IIHF World Championship, IIHF World Women’s Championship and IIHF World Junior Championship. Peter and Dave have great experience as well that will benefit the group as we prepare for this year’s world championship.”
“I would like to thank Bob Nicholson and Hockey Canada for the opportunity to return to this role of executive director,” said Yzerman. “While winning in Vancouver was something unique and extraordinary, I am as excited about taking on another great challenge. I look forward to working with Doug, Ken, Kevin, Peter and Dave and the Hockey Canada staff to put a plan in place to bring Canada success internationally.”

Thanks to the Oilers PR department for the release

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w2j2's avatar

It doesn’t get any better than those guys.

Posted by w2j2 on 03/05/12 at 06:21 PM ET

SYF's avatar

ALMOST a sure bet that Uncle Mike’s gonna be the head coach again for Team Canada.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/05/12 at 07:32 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Yes!!!!!  Repeat gold, here we come.

Posted by BrendonTO on 03/05/12 at 08:15 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Yes!!!!!  Repeat gold, here we come.

Or, maybe not.  Perhaps Steve should have had the sense to bow out while he was golden

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/05/12 at 08:32 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Or, maybe not.

Perhaps he could have bowed out with a perfect Olympic record, but do you really think Stevie Y, the man, the competitor, is going to turn down one of the most revered positions to hold in hockey in his home country?  You have to remember that guys like Stamkos and Giroux weren’t even on the 2010 team, while most of those who were on the team will still be within range.  When you’re running, say, Stamkos, Crosby and Giroux as your top 3 centres, its a relatively easy job.  The pickings were waaay slimmer for Gretz in 2006 (crazy to think both Drapes and Bert were on that team).  Steve knows this will be a very winnable tourney, much more so compared to 2010.

Posted by BrendonTO on 03/05/12 at 09:10 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

They could pick 2 Canadian teams and still have a great shot at it.
This is just a fact, not a diss to the USA, who play a beautiful style of chipped-shoulder hockey and will also still have a great shot at it (they were by far the harder working team).

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/06/12 at 03:54 AM ET

Primis's avatar


If I’m a Tampa Bay fan, I’m insulted.  Last time Yzerman had the gig, he was still basically interning for Ken Holland.  He had the free time, basically.

Now, he has a real, actual GM job in the NHL, and it’s with a team that needs a LOT of work done on it.  It doesn’t speak too highly of Tampa Bay then I guess…

Posted by Primis on 03/06/12 at 09:09 AM ET

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