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Steve Yzerman | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (50) / 5/9/1965
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
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Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke has stepped down from his post as the Tampa Bay Lightning's chief executive officer.
Leiweke will instead serve as the NFL's chief operating officer. He had been with Tampa Bay for the last five years. Lightning President Steve Griggs will be his successor. Griggs has been credited with growing the business side of the franchise. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will report to owner Jeff Vinik on hockey operations matters, just as he has in the past. Jul 24 - 1:03 PM

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The Tampa Bay Lightning selected forwards with five of their first six picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The five forwards selected were: Mitchell Stephens 33rd overall, Denis Yan 64th overall, Anthony Cirelli 72nd overall, Jonne Tammela 118th overall and Mathieu Joseph 120th. The Lightning only player selected during that span that wasn't a forward was defenseman Matthew Spencer.
Jun 28 - 11:56 AM

Steve Yzerman took home the GM of the Year Award on Wednesday night.

This is Yzerman's first award as a member of the front office, and if his playing career is any indication, there is much to come. As Tampa Bay's GM Yzerman was instrumental in putting his troops in excellent position to succeed. To wit, he signed Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle, acquired Ryan Callahan, and brought along developing break-out talents such as Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 7:49 PM

Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch will continue their partnership with Lyon Hockey Club Lions of France in 2015-16.

The Crunch will host their training camp in Lyon, France and play their preseason games against the AHL Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks) on Oct. 1st and 2nd. Then play Lyon on Oct. 4th, while Utica plays a team from Rouen. This is the second consecutive season Syracuse has held this affiliation, and hopefully will lead to a continued blend of both culture and hockey.
Jun 23 - 8:09 PM

Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, and Glen Sather of the New York Rangers have each been named as finalists for NHL GM of the Year, as voted on by their fellow GM's, a panel of NHL executives, and members of the media.

It should be noted that the voting was done after the second round of the playoffs finished. Yzerman's Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, but he didn't make any major moves leading into nor during the season. Murray's Ducks won the Pacific, and he acquired Ryan Kesler prior to the season and Simon Despres at the trade deadline. Sather's Rangers meanwhile won the Presidents Trophy for best record in the NHL, he signed Kevin Hayes before the season started and acquired Keith Yandle at the trade deadline.
Source: NHL.com
May 22 - 8:03 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the top team in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay's 64 points are one ahead of the Red Wings and Islanders. They are just one of four teams to reach the 30-win mark so far this season, but GM Steve Yzerman knows they have to improve in certain areas, including their road record. "I think, collectively, we are a very young group and it’s difficult to win on the road in the NHL,’’ Yzerman said. "The more experience our young guys get going into these good teams and their buildings and playing these games, it’s a good experience. There are things that we have to do, that we have to go through." The Lightning are just 11-10-3 away from home this season.
Jan 24 - 9:49 AM

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos pronounced that "the bar has been raised" in Tampa after a bunch of solid offseason moves by GM Steve Yzerman in bolstering the roster.

"The expectations aren’t to just sneak into the playoffs, it’s that we want to get in there and win,’’ said Stamkos. Yzerman signed winger Ryan Callahan to a long-term contract, brought in defensemen Jason Garrison and Anton Stralman, feisty center Brian Boyle, veteran forward Brendan Morrow and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Not to mention, the expected arrival of the league's top prospect Jonathan Drouin.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Steve Yzerman will step down as team Canada's executive director, announcing he will not lead the team into 2018's Olympics in South Korea.

Yzerman won two Olympic golds in 2010 and 2014 with Team Canada, after Wayne Gretzky had guided the team to a gold and 6th place finish in 2002 and 2006. Yzerman's 2014 version of Team Canada was absolutely dominant, going 6-0 in the tournament and allowing just three goals.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Steve Yzerman rejected the notion that Team Canada might have motivational issues playing outside of North America.

"Yes, we won in the U.S.A. in 2002 and Canada in 2010, but we also had great opportunities to capture the gold in Turin and Nagano, especially in Nagano, where we had a really strong team and could have gone all the way, but we lost to the Czechs in a shootout," Yzerman said. That being said, this is an opportunity for Canada to win its first gold in men's hockey outside of North America since NHL players started participating in 1998. For that matter, it's a chance for them to win their first medal overall under those circumstances as Canada finished fourth in Nagano and seventh in Turin.
Source: KHL.ru
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 09:02:00 AM

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said the Lightning will "consider" using their buyout options this offseason.

"It’s something to consider. … Given that we finished in 28th place, we should be looking at every possibility of improving our team and what are options are," Yzerman said. "Other than that, I can’t say much." Vincent Lecavalier could be bought out as he is 33 with seven years left on a deal with a cap hit of close to $8 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 08:49:00 PM

The Lightning are eager to add an impact player at No. 3 in the NHL draft.

The Lightning are excited to add a promising young player, but they're also more than willing to be creative with the pick. "We feel pretty good,’’ director of scouting Al Murray said. "I think this year at three gives you lots of opportunity that you might get the No. 1 player on your list because everybody sees it a little differently. …There is a legitimate chance we could get the No. 1 guy on our overall list at three, which gives (general manager) Steve (Yzerman) the flexibility to look at moving back or moving it for a player. I think anybody in the top five has a prospect that is very close to playing in the NHL and playing at a high level, so that’s a very valuable pick this year. And I think teams will look at it that way. So, I think it gives us a lot of opportunity this year because the asset is that good.’’
Tue, May 7, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Steve Yzerman will serve as Team Canada's executive director for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The NHL hasn't decided if they will suspend the 2013-14 season to allow their players to participate in the Olympics, which will be hosted by Sochi, Russia. However, the Team Canada management that put together the 2010 gold medal winning team will return. Doug Armstrong, Kevin Lowe and Ken Holland will help Yzerman manage the team.
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 06:23:00 PM

Steve Yzerman has been named a finalist for the NHL's top general manager award.

In his first year at the helm for the Tampa Bay Lightning he guided the organization back into the playoffs as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Some of his key moves this campaign were bringing in veterans like forward Simon Gagne, defenseman Eric Brewer and goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Vancouver Canucks' GM Mike Gillis and Nashville Predators' GM David Poile are also up for the award. The Canucks won the President's Trophy as the league's top team in the regular season, while the Predators have qualified for the postseason six times in the last seven seasons as they continue to fly successfully under the radar.
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 01:57:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Al Murray as their new director of amateur scouting.

"Al's vast scouting experience will prove to be a great asset for the Lightning as we move forward," GM Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "We are pleased to have him join the organization and I very much look forward to working with him as he leads our amateur scouting staff."
Mon, Aug 16, 2010 03:04:00 PM

It appears that Steve Yzerman will not be going to Florida to become a GM.

Yzerman was up for the GM jobs with both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers but it looks like he will stay as the Panthers have already hired Dale Tallon and the Lightning are closing in on Ron Hextall. Yzerman will make an excellent GM one day as he proved himself as the GM of Team Canada during the 2010 Olympics.
Fri, May 21, 2010 07:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Jonathan Marchessault
5Jeff Tambellini
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy