SOCHI, RUSSIA - There will be no Olympic three-peat for Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman.
Yzerman let it be known after the Canadian men's team won its second straight gold medal Sunday he feels it is time to let somebody else run the show.
No decision has yet been made if NHL players will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, but if they do, somebody else will be running Team Canada. Possible candidates would be the men who helped Yzerman construct this team: Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, Peter Chiarelli of the Boston Bruins and Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues.
This process was a tough one on Yzerman, whose day job is general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. There was the broken leg suffered by Tampa star winger Steven Stamkos and what surely must have been a difficult decision to hold him out of the Games.
Then there was having to tell classy veteran Martin St. Louis, the Bolts' captain, that, for the second-straight Olympics, he would not be part of the team Yzerman was constructing.
St. Louis wound up on the team as a replacement for Stamkos.
Yzerman said he thought this was the best defensive version of Team Canada he had seen.
"I believe so. The coaching staff did such a good job. It wasn't strictly playing defence, we weren't sitting in a shell," he said. "Part of our defence was being aggressive and forechecking and pressuring and closing gaps and not letting you get the red line and get our blue-line.
"So, yeah, I think it's, since I've been around, the most impressive display of defensive hockey."