March 01, 2010
Relief For Yzerman
When Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal to give Canada perhaps it's greatest victory relief, not enjoyment, was the key emotion for Team Canada boss Steve Yzerman.
“It was incredible relief. So I can't say this experience was enjoyable but it was rewarding, for sure, and it's one I will really treasure. I think I understood what I was getting into. I loved it, but it was very stressful," Yzerman told Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.
Stress? Winning Olympic gold on home ice in a country where anything else would be considered failure and cue years of second guessing? Yeah, okay. That's stressful.
He could move on, immortalized now as a manager as much as he was a player. But when asked if he would do it again, his answer was an emphatic yes.
“As far as my participation, Hockey Canada tries to develop young coaches and managers so they may want to give the opportunity to someone else. But given the opportunity to be in charge, if somebody offered it to me, I wouldn't hesitate again."
He also took the opportunity to campaign for NHL involvement in Sochi 2014.
“Hopefully NHL players will be involved again. I think it's good for our game but I do understand there are a lot of issues the NHL has concerns with. Hopefully, they can work them out because when you watch a game like this, it's great for the game of hockey.”