Steve Yzerman to step down as executive director of Team Canada
Team Canada Olympic hockey team Executive Director Steve Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock, right, speak following the announcement of the team roster in Toronto, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. (Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:12PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:55PM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Steve Yzerman won't be going for a third Olympic gold medal.
Team Canada's executive director says he will not lead the team into the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Yzerman built the team that beat Sweden 3-0 on Sunday to capture a second straight men's hockey gold at the Sochi Olympics.
He leaves his post after leading Team Canada to back-to-back gold medals for the first time since 1948 and 1952.
He assembled one of the best defensive lineups ever to wear the Maple Leaf in Sochi as Canada gave up just three goals in six games.
They shut out the Americans 1-0 in the semifinals before defeating Sweden in the final.
When asked if the team in Sochi is the best defensive crew ever to represent Canada, Yzerman said "I believe so."
It's still not clear if NHL players will participate in the 2018 Olympics.