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Yzerman enters IIHF Hall of Fame

Steve Yzerman
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According to the Canadian Press on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Steve Yzerman of Cranbrook, British Columbia will be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

Yzerman was a player for team Canada's gold medal winning team in men's hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and was the executive director for team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He is also team Canada's executive director at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

As a player, Yzerman also won a Canada Cup with team Canada in 1984, and won three Stanley Cups while captaining the Detroit Red Wings. His NHL career stats are 692 goals, 1063 assists, and 1755 points from 1984-2006.

Other inductees included Yzerman's teammate in Detroit, defenseman Niklas Lidstrom, a seven-time Norris Trophy winner who won the gold medal for Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Russian center Vyacheslav Bykov and right wing Andrei Khomutov, who won gold medals at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary and the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, (Khomutov also won hockey gold for the Soviet Union at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo), and Belarussian defenseman Ruslam Salei, who was part of that magical Belarussian team that finished in fourth place at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Salei would later die in the famous Russian plane crash in Yaroslavl that killed the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.