Ex-Wings player Verbeek named assistant GM

Steve Yzerman has made his first hire as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, and the name is very familiar to those around the organization, along with many NHL fans.Pat Verbeek, a member of the organization as a professional scout following an NHL career that included 135 games with the Wings from 1999-2001, is returning to Detroit as assistant general manager, the team announced Monday.Verbeek, 54, reunites with Yzerman after their days in the Tampa Bay Lightning front office. Yzerman brought him aboard shortly after he was named Lightning GM in 2010.”Pat Verbeek is one of the brightest minds and hardest workers in the game and has been a trusted and valued resource to me throughout my management career,” Yzerman said in a statement. “He played a pivotal role in helping build the Lightning into a Stanley Cup contender throughout his tenure with the organization. I’m very excited to have Pat on board in Detroit and look forward to continuing to work alongside him.”Verbeek had a 20-year NHL career, playing 1,424 games with teams that also included the New Jersey Devils (1982-89), the Hartford Whalers (1989-95), the New York Rangers (1995-96) and the Dallas Stars (1996-99, 2001-02), helping the latter club win the Stanley Cup in 1999. He totaled 522 goals and 540 assists as a forward in the NHL.