The “Captain” returns home. Steve Yzerman will be appointed general manager of the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Ken Holland will become senior vice president of the team after serving as chief executive for more than two decades, according to the same two people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity since the Red Wings have not announced the news yet.
The Red Wings called the media at a press conference at 3 pm It will bring together Yzerman, Holland and Red Wings President and CEO Christopher Ilitch.
Yzerman was captain of the Red Wings for 20 seasons, an NHL record. He is always loved in Detroit, where he is known simply as the “Captain”.
He ceded his position as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager to his assistant Julien BriseBois last year, two days before the start of the team’s camp, which led several observers to discuss the possibility of a return to home the Red Wings.
Yzerman’s contract with the Lightning expired earlier this week, when the team was eliminated in the first round of playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets after leveling a track record with 62 regular season wins.
Yzerman has made the Lightning one of the best NHL teams in his eight seasons as the team’s general manager. During his reign, the Lightning reached the Eastern Conference finals three times and lost in the 2015 Stanley Cup final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 53-year-old from British Columbia, Yzerman played 22 seasons as an NHL player, all with the Red Wings from 1983 to 2006. In 1514 games, the former center scored 1755 points, including 692 goals, and he won the Stanley Cup three times.
A street in downtown Detroit bears his name and his No. 19 jersey was pulled out by the Red Wings.
After hanging on his skates, Yzerman immediately started working for the Red Wings as Vice President of Hockey Operations for Holland. He was still part of the organization when she won the Stanley Cup in 2008, and then left the Red Wings to become General Manager of the Lightning.
Yzerman will inherit a formation that has missed the playoffs in the last three seasons, his worst run since the early 1980s. Yzerman was selected fourth in the 1983 draft and was part of the rebuilding process team.
He will have the opportunity to do it again, as Director General.