Yzerman unsure if he'll participate in Red Wings alumni game

DETROIT - Steve Yzerman is a busy man, but Red Wings fans are holding out hope he'll set aside time for a visit during the Winter Classic's alumni games.

The former Red Wings captain and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning was in town over the weekend to watch the Lightning play in Detroit.

Meeting with the local media before the game, Yzerman fielded questions about his late December plans.

"I haven't given it really much thought," Yzerman said.

"I've been pretty busy with our team, and watching a lot of hockey games for the Olympics, so I really haven't looked that far ahead."

Yzerman said he doesn't own a pair of skates, and has only hit the ice a few times since retiring in 2006.

He is working as Team Canada's general manager for the Sochi Olympics, but those games don't start until February 7. His Lightning play on December 29, but don't play again until January 1.

The Alumni Showdown is at Comerica Park on December 31.

Yzerman said he didn't have a real desire to put skates on, and noted he hasn't spoken to Ken Holland about playing yet.

"I've just kind of moved on a little bit. I don't have time to skate and don't really have a real desire to," he said.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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