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tale of the tape

Holland: "Stability. We've had the luxury of stability at the ownership level, management level, scouting level and coaching level. Also, in the time I spent with Scotty Bowman, I saw how he valued veteran players. We've continued to move our kids slowly and have always had a veteran presence, which has worked for us."

What is your philosophy to building a successful franchise?

Yzerman: "You try to bring in the best possible people in all positions, whether they're players, managers or coaches. I want good people, passionate people, hard-working people and people who know the game. You want players who have skill, who compete hard and are intelligent."

Holland: "Jimmy Devellano and Scotty Bowman. When I started as a scout in Detroit, Jimmy D gave me the opportunity to work with Neil Smith from 1994 through '97 and I was in the office and around the team every day with Jimmy D and Scotty. They're two guys who have been in the League for a lot of years and have had the biggest impact on my career."

Who was the greatest influence on your career, other than mom and dad?

Yzerman: "I've been influenced by a lot of people in hockey -- Jimmy D, Kenny Holland, Scotty Bowman, Jacques Demers, Bryan Murray … all the way back to Nick Polano. I've tried to retain as much of that information and apply it now."

Holland: "I never work. Anytime you're doing something you like to do, you don't feel like you're working. I love the people in the game, the players and coaches. I get to watch the greatest team game in the world every day."

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Yzerman: "I like being involved in the game. I like the people in the game and working with them. We've got great personalities working in this sport, and they're all so enjoyable to be around."

Holland on Mike Babcock: "His passion, work ethic and planning."

What do you admire most about your head coach?

Yzerman on Guy Boucher: "He's a passionate, intelligent hockey guy with a really, really good hockey mind."

Holland: "I loved Bernie Parent. I was a goalie and remember the Leafs in '67. I loved (Johnny) Bower and (Terry) Sawchuk, but when Bernie Parent hit the Flyers, I went from being a butterfly goalie to trying to be a carbon copy of Bernie Parent."

Who was the most inspiring hockey player you watched as a kid?

Yzerman: "I wore No. 19 because of Bryan Trottier. He was the player I most wanted to be like and, in some ways, I was a bit similar to him but couldn't quite do everything he did."

Holland: "I love the Masters and love to golf. It's such a great time of the year -- it's early April and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are three days away. The weather is getting good and it sort of signifies the beginning of baseball season."

Other than hockey, what is your favorite sporting event to watch?

Yzerman: "A soccer game. The World Cup is good, but championship league soccer is more exciting to me."

Holland: "Steak and a side of angel-hair pasta. In my younger days, I'd finish it off with hot tea and a strawberry sundae."

What was your favorite pre-game meal?

Yzerman: "Steak and pasta."

Holland: "I would love to see our players play. I think we have the greatest players and the greatest sport in the world and the Olympic platform really allows us to showcase our athletes and sport worldwide. I understand there are things to consider, like shutting down the League, but I'd love to see our players continue playing in the Olympics."

How do you feel about NHL players participating in the 2014 Olympics?

Yzerman: "I'm hopeful that the League and the NHL Players' Association can work out an agreement for the players to go. I've been a part of it on three occasions and I think it's great for our sport and our League. There are some issues that need to be worked out, but I'm hopeful they will be because I think it's important that we go."


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