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Steve Yzerman | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (49) / 5/9/1965
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
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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. Sep 7 - 9:48 AM

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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.
Feb 23 - 1:34 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
Feb 11 - 9:02 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

TSN.ca is reporting that the Lightning have permission to speak with Steve Yzerman about their vacant GM position.

The report also says the team is interested in Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis and Doug Risebrough as potential candidates. Stay tuned.
Source: TSN.ca
Thu, Apr 29, 2010 11:19:00 AM

Canada has officially named Mike Babcock as its head coach for the 2010 Olympics.

His staff includes assistants Jacques Lemaire, Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff - a star studded coaching staff. Canada will be looking to improve on its worst Olympic showing in 2006, when the finished seventh in Turin, Italy.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Jun 25, 2009 12:26:00 PM

Steve Yzerman has been named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

It was the first year of eligibility for Yzerman who played his entire 22 year career with the Red Wings. Yzerman scored 692 goals and had 1,755 points, sixth all-time, during his great career. He managed to win four trophies including the Conn Smythe in 1998. Congratulations to Stevie Y on the honor.
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 07:10:00 AM

Steve Yzerman has selected one of his own, Mike Babcock, to coach Canada at the 2010 Olympics.

This was a foregone conclusion that Babcock would coach Canada after taking the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup finals two years in a row - and winning last year. Yzerman is the executive director of the Canadian men's Olympic team and the de facto general manager. He is also an executive with the Red Wings, so the fit is natural. The next step will be evaluating players at a summer camp and throughout the first part of the NHL season. Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock will reportedly be one of Babcock's assistant coaches. It will all be formally announced in a Thursday press conference.
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 01:47:00 PM

The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce their new group of inductees on Tuesday and Steve Yzerman is expected to get the nod.

Yzerman ranks sixth in NHL history with 1,755 points over 1,154 contests. Former Red Wings, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille, are also eligible for entry into the Hall.
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 07:46:00 AM

Colleen Howe, the wife of all-time NHL great Gordie Howe, has passed away at the age of 76.

Mrs. Howe was the first woman to be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. She had been suffering for years with Pick's disease, a form of dementia. Our condolences to the Howe family.
Sat, Mar 7, 2009 08:15:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
6Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Brenden Morrow
4Alex Killorn
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Brett Connolly
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Mark Barberio
7Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov