Yzerman to lead Canada at hockey world championship

Mon Feb 4, 2008 12:45pm EST
 
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CALGARY, Canada (Reuters) - Former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was named Team Canada general manager on Monday for the ice hockey world championship which will be hosted by Canada for the first time.

It marks the second consecutive year Yzerman has been asked to assemble Canada's world championship roster after the team went 9-0 and claimed the gold last year in Russia.

This year's tournament will run from May 2 to 18 in Quebec City and Halifax and marks the first time the championship will be staged in hockey-mad Canada as part of the International Ice Hockey Federation's 100th anniversary celebrations.

"Working with Hockey Canada and their staff for the world championship last year was a terrific experience and I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to return," Yzerman said in a Hockey Canada statement.

Yzerman captained the Red Wings for 20 seasons, helping them to three Stanley Cups and also represented Canada as a player on eight occasions, winning gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 1984 Canada Cup.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto, editing by Clare Lovell)

 
<p>Former Detroit Red Wings player Steve Yzerman acknowledges a standing ovation after dropping the ceremonial puck before the start the Red Wings NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa January 12, 2008. Yzerman was named Team Canada general manager on Monday for the ice hockey world championship which will be hosted by Canada for the first time. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>