Red Wings great Yzerman named team's new VP

Updated: September 25, 2006, 11:51 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Steve Yzerman joined the Detroit front office on Monday, becoming the vice president of the Red Wings.

Yzerman, the former captain, helped guide Detroit to Stanley Cup victories in 1997, '98 and 2002. He retired in July.

"After retiring as the longest serving captain in NHL history and the on-ice leader of our franchise for 23 years, it is only fitting that he join our management team," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement.

Yzerman ranks eighth all-time in the NHL record books with 185 playoff points. The 10-time All-Star led all active players last season with 1,755 regular-season points, a total that trails only five others in league history.

His No. 19 jersey will be retired Jan. 2 and hoisted alongside Gordie Howe's No. 9, Terry Sawchuk's No. 1, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10, and Sid Abel's No. 12.

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