Red Wings name former captain Steve Yzerman general manager

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DETROIT (AP) (4/19/2019) - Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman has been named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Ken Holland becomes the team's senior vice president after being its general manager for two-plus decades.

Yzerman was a captain for a league-record 20 seasons and a three-time Stanley Cup champion in Detroit, where he is adored by fans and is affectionately known as The Captain.

Yzerman is taking the reins of a team that has missed the playoffs three straight years in its worst stretch since the early 1980s when the team was known locally as the "Dead Wings" and needed to give away a car at each home game to get people to attend games.

Detroit drafted Yzerman No. 4 overall in 1983 and he helped turn around the franchise.

Yzerman is doing his best to tone down the excitement his return has generated in the Motor City. He said it's going to take time to help the franchise become a contender again in the NHL.

The Red Wings have missed the playoffs three straight years.

Yzerman says he likes Detroit's young core of players. He says drafting and developing will be the key to helping his quest for the Stanley Cup.

Yzerman plans to keep coach Jeff Blashill.

The Red Wings gave Blashill a two-year contract extension toward the end of the regular season. Blashill has a 104-105-37 record over three years with the Red Wings.

Yzerman says Blashill has been successful at every level of hockey and has proven he can develop young players.

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