DETROIT (AP) -- 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.
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