February 23, 2014 5:52 pm

Yzerman to step down as Team Canada executive director

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 January 7, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

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.

READ MORE: Team Canada wins gold, beating Sweden 3-0 in men’s Olympic hockey

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.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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