advertisement

St. Louis Blues GM Armstrong to assist Canada's hockey team in 2014 Olympics

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 9:21 p.m. CST

CALGARY, Alberta — Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was tabbed Monday to lead Canada's hockey team at a second straight Winter Olympics.

Hockey Canada appointed Yzerman to be executive director of the defending Olympic gold medalists. Yzerman assembled the squad that won it all at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and he will go for the repeat at the Sochi Games in 2014.

"Given the opportunity to go to Russia and compete in the Olympics again, that's too good an opportunity to pass up," said Yzerman, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame after a standout NHL playing career. "It's just too great a challenge, and these are things I really enjoy doing. Going into Russia trying to win a gold medal will be an incredibly awesome challenge and exciting for all of us."

Yzerman will be assisted by a group that includes Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, Edmonton Oilers President Kevin Lowe, St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Hockey Canada staffers Bob Nicholson and Brad Pascall.

"When I met with Steve Yzerman, he didn't just want it — he really wanted to be involved and to lead this group," said Nicholson, the president of Hockey Canada. "There was no reason to look at any different person to lead. He quickly came to the conclusion that he'd like to have the same group around him that he did in Vancouver, so we're moving ahead."

The rankings after this year's world championship will determine how countries are seeded at the Sochi Olympics.

"This year's world championship is so important for us, to have a very good showing there so that we can move up in the rankings," Nicholson said.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements