Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has been named executive director of the Canadian men's national team that will compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The announcement was made at a news conference in Calgary, headquarters of Canada's national governing body. Yzerman, who led Canada to 2010 Olympic gold in Vancouver, returns in the same capacity as does his support team: Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Oilers president Kevin Lowe, Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson and vice president Brad Pascall.
"The opportunity to work with Hockey Canada again is something I'm really excited about," Yzerman said. "I really, really enjoyed the experience in the past and really look forward to the next few years."
It is not even certain NHL players will be in Sochi as that will be part of a new collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners.
The job should not affect Yzerman's duties with the Lightning other than him being diligent about time management. In fact, Tampa Bay owner Jeff Vinik released a statement praising Yzerman's involvement with Hockey Canada.
"We were pleased and excited to hear Hockey Canada's announcement today naming Steve its Executive Director through 2013-14," Vinik said. "I believe his selection is well deserved, and all of us at the Lightning are proud to have our general manager leading the charge for his home country in the 2014 Olympic Games. Steve's successes for Hockey Canada in 2010 helped draw us to him in our search for a General Manager that spring and I am confident that he will continue to do an excellent job for Tampa Bay while overseeing the Canadian men's national program."