Steve Yzerman arrives at the press conference on Friday. [Photo: Detroit News]
Detroit appoints Steve Yzerman at a press conference starting at 3:00 pm. He will replace Ken Holland, who will remain as senior vice president of the organization.
53-year-old Yzerman has spent the last nine seasons at Tampa Bay Lightning, including eight as General Manager. As a Hall of Famer Wings player, Yzerman served as captain of the team for two decades while leading them to three Stanley Cups.
Here are the highlights of the Yzerman press conference by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
at 3: 18 pm Ken Holland, Steve Yzerman and Chris Ilitch sat on the podium.
"Steve Yzerman will return to the Red Wings," Ilitch said.
Ilitch reiterates that the appointment of Holland as Vice President and Yzerman will reinforce the leadership for Red Wings.
"We believe Steve Yzerman is the perfect choice to guide our efforts," said Ilitch.
Then Ilitch went beyond Yzerman's resume as a senior clerk in the office.
"Tampa has been in fifth position in the standings Steve (Yzerman) took over the position," said Ilitch.
Ilitch praised Yzerman's perspective as a Hall of Fame player and emphasized that he had prevailed throughout the organization.
Ilitch said it would be best for him to take on hockey operations.
Ilitch then went over Hollands career achievements and handed over the things to Yzerman.
"First, I want to say that I am very happy to be back in Detroit," said Yzerman. 19659006] Yzerman then t He wished the Ilitch family a leadership position and praised Holland for his term with the Red Wings.
"He was a good friend and mentor, I learned so much from him," Yzerman said of Holland.
Yzerman emphasized that he has no timeline, but that a victory takes time.
"I'm looking forward to working with Jeff (Blashill)," Yzerman said about the current Red Wings coach.
"I am grateful that everyone has brought me here," Yzerman concluded with his opening speech.
Holland started talking when he thanked the organization for his time as a general manager.
"When he retired as a player, he came to our front office and we worked together for four years, respecting Steve as one of the league's best general managers," Holland said.
"Welcome back, Steve, I'm thrilled that you're back where you belong," said Holland.
Ilitch wanted to point out that no one worked harder than Holland to make the Red Wings a success.
"He was an amazing general manager for our organization," said Ilitch.
After answering a question from the media, Yzerman said he had to move to Red Wings after working in Tampa Bay, as it was "time to work with U-18."
Yzerman said solid property is something he sought after as a player and executive in the front office.
"This has been a hugely successful franchise with the people who have been here throughout the ups and Downs , There was no hesitation in working with this group of people.
Yzerman was asked if it would be painful for the team to go through hard times.
"My goal when I left for Tampa was to win a Stanley Cup. It hurt to see the team fight. It's hard to win a cup – I'm alive now.
Yzerman thought that when he left, he would never get a chance to become general manager of the Red Wings.
"I'm very proud of this organization," Yzerman said. They saw how this organization was built and built to return to where it was in the 1950s and 60s. The people here know what they are doing, and they will return there.
Yzerman was asked if he should make frontoffice moves.
"At this point, I can not say yes or no," Yzerman said. There are great people in the Tampa organization. The number of people you can bring is limited.
Yzerman was asked how he dreamed of leaving an organization that is close to the top, to a person who does not.
It was not a difficult decision to return to the Red Wing organization There are so many positive aspects here, it's a great opportunity, both personally and professionally, "said Yzerman.
Yzerman confirmed that he recently wants to redeem the recent lease extension signed by Blashill.
"I'm looking forward to working with him," Yzerman said of Blashill. I do not just look at myself to make movements that are exciting.
Ilitch said he met with Holland this fall to discuss the possibility of bringing Yzerman back to Detroit.
It was time for Steve to resign from his role, and he was interested in coming back getting closer to his family, and that was a blessing for the Red Wings, "said Ilitch.
Ilitch then affirmed that Holland managed the situation with the utmost professionalism.
Very disappointed we did not win a Stanley Cup in Tampa, "Yzerman said. But the only reason I look back is learning. I am glad that people are enthusiastic, but these are difficult jobs. You will be surprised positively and negatively. These players are young guys when they start. We will do things the right way, as I have learned in this organization. I'll ask for some patience, and I know that has a limit. I'm not going to cause much of a stir, only that we'll be a little better next year. We compete with 30 other teams. It will take time.
Yzerman was asked if it was fate that he returned with his red wings number 19 on April 19, 2019.
"We'll see it in five years," said Yzerman.
Yzerman was asked when he came up with the idea to return to Detroit.
"My family stayed in Michigan. This is home. What took my toll (in Tampa) was to spend time with Lisa and the girls (Yzermans wife and daughters). I did not do the job the way I thought. Finally, we agreed that I would stay as a consultant. During the year, I wanted to live in the back of my mind in Detroit.
Yzerman did not remember the day the Lightning had contacted him to inform him that the Red Wings had requested permission to speak with him.
"I've had a lot in the last few weeks so the timeline is blurry. Here we are today, "said Yzerman.
Yzerman was asked how long it would take to familiarize himself with every player in the organization.
" I do not think I'll take too long. With the free agency, we have the chance to host pro-scout meetings, and I know these people. I do not know the coaches in Grand Rapids. I know how I want to achieve something.