Stevie Y learning how

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

MORA, Sweden -- The job description has changed but the penetrating gaze remains the same.

Sitting among the National Hockey League scouts yesterday was Steve Yzerman, who retired from the NHL in July after more than 1,500 games with the Detroit Red Wings. Yzerman now is vice-president of hockey with Detroit and has adjusted well to life off the ice.

"I'm still learning a lot about what goes on behind closed doors with the front office," said Yzerman, who won three Stanley Cups with the Wings. "I can watch these players, but I don't know how to project them. That's what I am trying to learn from our scouts, talking to them about what they look for in a junior that will make a player a good NHL player."

Yzerman won bronze with Canada at the 1983 world junior championship.

"I'm watching with admiration and envy," Yzerman said. "It's a different level than the NHL, but it is such a high level. I don't know what my long-term goal is, but I want to stay involved with hockey. I was confident with my decision to retire and I don't look back on it with regret at all."

BRONX CHEERS WORKING

A small but vocal group of Canadian fans among the 3,539 at FM Mattsson Arena spent much of the game riding American defenceman Jack Johnson, who had a run-in with Steve Downie of Canada during a game last year.

Downie, naturally, loved it.

"It was awesome," Downie said. "Having all the Canadian fans here gives us an extra boost."

What about revenge on Johnson, who elbowed Downie last winter in the 2006 world junior?

"I'm not worried about payback now," Downie said. "We have long careers ahead of us so I am not going to do anything here."

Downie is a Philadelphia Flyers pick. Johnson was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes and traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

STINGY STREAK BROKEN

When Erik Johnson of the U.S. beat Canada goalie Carey Price at 2:24 of the second period, it broke a goal-less streak on Canada's part of 234 minutes 14 seconds, dating back to the 2006 world junior when Justin Pogge had two shutouts in a row. Price, who blanked Sweden on Wednesday, will start against Germany tomorrow.


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