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Report: Yzerman told Lightning players he's heading back to Detroit

Yzerman steps down from GM role with Tampa

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7: Executive director Steve Yzerman announces the Roster of the Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey team at the Mastercard Centre ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics January 7, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7: Executive director Steve Yzerman announces the Roster of the Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey team at the Mastercard Centre ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics January 7, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

DETROIT – Steve Yzerman is leaving his position as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and heading back to Detroit. 

That's according to The Athletic's Joe Smith, who reports Yzerman told Lightning players on Tuesday he is stepping down from the position and heading back to Detroit. 

UPDATE: Steve Yzerman steps down as GM in Tampa Bay, won't commit to future plans

But why? That's unclear at this point.

Despite heading back to Detroit, Smith reports Yzerman will stay on with Tampa in an advisory role. 

SportsNet reports Julien BriseBois, who is the general manager of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch and the Lightning’s assistant GM, will fill the position.

Yzerman has been Tampa's GM since 2010. The team has reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once during his tenure. Yzerman won the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award in 2015 after the team went to the Cup final and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Before his time in Tampa, Yzerman worked as the Detroit Red Wings' vice-president and alternate governor. He was named executive director for the Canadian men's hockey team for both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic games. 

Of course, Yzerman is best known for his Hall of Fame career with the Red Wings. He retired in 2006 after 22 NHL seasons. 


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