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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Holland elected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame

    The day he promoted his understudy to general manager, Jimmy Devellano predicated Ken Holland would have a tremendous run in Detroit.

    Holland and the Red Wings had just celebrated their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. By the time he left the organization in May 2019, Holland had won another three Cups. That tremendous run has led Holland to the Hockey Hall of Fame, as he was announced as part of the 2020 class Wednesday afternoon. Holland enters as a builder.

    Marian Hossa, who played for the Wings in 2008-09, also is part of the class.

    Holland spent 22 years as manager of the Wings, 36 in the organization overall, starting out as a minor-league goaltender and scout.

    He was named the 10th general manager of the Wings on July 18, 1997, a month after the Wings won the Cup. One of his first moves was to trade Mike Vernon, the 1997 playoff MVP, to San Jose.

    One of Hollandís busiest offseasons came in the summer of 2001, when he began assembling one of the greatest teams in hockey. He traded for Dominik Hasek, signed Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull, putting together a roster that would send nine players to the Hall of Fame.

    Holland left the Wings to become general manager of the Edmonton Oilers less than three weeks after Steve Yzerman was named GM of the Wings.

    Well deserved all things considered. The tail end here was bad but he helped build a dynasty for decades. 4 cups, countless division titles, president's trophies, etc.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Saginaw, MI
    Yeah, hard to argue his accomplishments, we were the Yankees of hockey for awhile, petered out at the end, but that kinda happened with the Yankees, too

    (to be fair the Yankees turned it right back around, but still, we were hockeytown for a reason)

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