Steve Yzerman reportedly stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning GM

Ross Houston
September 12, 2018

The distance between the Yzerman family's home and his job in Tampa Bay undoubtedly played a role in the move.

Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and will be replaced immediately by assistant Julien BriseBois, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Tuesday. For eight years, he commuted between there and Tampa, and while he was able to still do his job effectively, Yzerman said that when he and owner Jeff Vinik started to discuss extending his contract, continuing to be apart from his wife and three daughters weighed on him.

He was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2015.


"With some time to reflect, to do the job the way it needs to be done - the way I feel it needs to be done - and ultimately to be with my family as well, it's becoming hard to do, hence the decision", Yzerman told reporters at a press conference in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tampa, Fla., on February 26, 2018. Yzerman then went to Tampa Bay and took over the team as general manager. During his time in the role, he proved to be one of the best in the league as the Lightning made it to the Stanley Cup Final once and appeared in three Eastern Conference finals.

Holland signed a two-year contract extension at the end of last season to stay on as Red Wings GM. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016.


The stunning turn of events comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final. He has also held management roles with Hockey Canada.

Yzerman said he plans to serve as senior adviser for at least a year, but when asked about his plans beyond that, he said he doesn't know, according to The Athletic's Joe Smith.


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