In hiring Steve Yzerman as its general manager, Detroit is bringing back a franchise hero - a man who led the city to championships as a player and whom it now hopes can do the same as an executive.
Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman will be named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Friday.
A fitting day, of course, as it is April 19, 2019.
Yzerman's potential return to Detroit was not a particularly well kept secret, with rumours starting to pick up following his departure from his position at GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning just two weeks before training camps opened for the 2018-19 season.
Reports say he could be named as the new general manager.
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Yzerman led the Lightning to one Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and won the NHL General Manager of the Year award that season.
With 1,755 career points, three Stanley Cups and a multitude of prestigious awards, there is no shortage of memorable Yzerman moments wearing a Red Wings sweater. "He's been an incredible general manager for our organization". However, the Lightning's postseason came to a crashing halt as the top seeds were swept out in the first round by the Blue Jackets.
Under Yzerman, Tampa Bay made it to its conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once. "While we are disappointed to see Steve leave for our rival Detroit Red Wings, he leaves our franchise in good shape under the extremely capable leadership of Julien BriseBois, as we continue to pursue that elusive Stanley Cup".
Yzerman's return will be heralded in Detroit, and now he'll face more pressure as a front office member than he ever has. His career ended with 1,755 regular-season points, a total that led all active players when he retired and trailed just five in National Hockey League history.
Yzerman and his family make their home in suburban Detroit, and even as Lightning GM he would commute back and forth between there and Tampa weekly.