Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was one of three people awarded on Wednesday with the ‘Order of Hockey’ in Canada along with former women’s national team captain France St-Louis and legendary university coach Clare Drake.
Stephen Gregory Yzerman is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. Started in April 2012 by Hockey Canada, the program yearly honors individuals whose “role or service in the game is recognized as “extraordinary” in Canada.
Honored along with Yzerman were Canadian college coach Clare Drake and former Canadian women’s national team star France St-Louis.
In 22 NHL seasons, all with the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman, 48, won three Stanley Cups and his 692 goals (ninth), 1,063 assists (seventh) and 1,755 points (sixth) all rank in the top 10 in League history. His 196 Stanley Cup Playoff games are 20th all-time and his 185 points are 10th. He skated in 10 NHL All-Star Games and won a number of individual awards, including the 1998 Conn Smythe Trophy. And Yzerman’s 20 seasons as captain of the Red Wings is the longest in NHL history. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
In addition to being the GM of the Lightning, Yzerman was the executive director of Canada’s gold medal-winning team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He has the same role for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He won an Olympic gold as a player for Canada in 2002.