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Kenneth Mark Holland (born November 10, 1955) is a Canadian-American ice hockey executive and former goaltender. Holland is currently the president of hockey operations and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. Holland assumed his role in Edmonton on May 7, 2019 after a long managerial career with the Detroit Red Wings, serving as executive vice president and general manager of the club from 1997 to 2019 and winning three Stanley Cup championships during that span. In 2009, Holland was listed as second-best overall on Sports Illustrated's list of the top sports executives of the 2000s.[1] As a goaltender, Holland was drafted in the 12th round, 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He played four NHL games with the Hartford Whalers and the Red Wings between 1980 and 1984.[2]

Ken Holland
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Ken Holland at a press conference in 2013
Born
Kenneth Mark Holland

(1955-11-10) November 10, 1955 (age 64)
NationalityCanadian
CitizenshipCanadian-American
OccupationPresident of hockey operations and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers
Years active1983–present
Known forGeneral manager of the Detroit Red Wings between 1997 and 2019
Ice hockey career
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for
NHL Draft 188th overall, 1975
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1977–1985

Managerial careerEdit

Detroit Red WingsEdit

After his playing career ended, Holland took a job with the Red Wings as a scout in Western Canada. He subsequently served seven years as Director of Amateur Scouting and three as assistant general manager. On July 18, 1997, he was promoted to general manager, executive vice president and alternate governor of the Detroit Red Wings. The 2012–13 season was his 16th as general manager and his 30th year overall with the Red Wings organization. He has won the Stanley Cup four times with Detroit: the first in 1997 as assistant general manager and goaltending coach, and the latter three as general manager in 1998, 2002 and 2008.[3][4]

With Detroit, Holland gained a reputation as one of the most successful general managers in the NHL.[2][4] Under his leadership as GM the Red Wings won the Central Division ten times, the regular-season Conference title five times, the Presidents' Trophy four times, and the Stanley Cup three times, and won more regular-season games (789) and postseason games (118) than any other NHL team.[3][5][6][7]

On August 14, 2014, the Red Wings announced they signed Holland to a four-year contract extension through the end of the 2017–18 season.[5] On April 7, 2018, the Red Wings announced they signed Holland to a two-year contract extension through the end of the 2019–20 season.[8] On April 19, 2019, the Red Wings announced that Holland had been promoted to senior vice president of the team, and signed a multi-year contract extension. This promotion was done in part to accommodate hiring Steve Yzerman as general manager. [9]

Edmonton OilersEdit

On May 7, 2019, the Edmonton Oilers named Holland general manager and president of hockey operations.[10][11] The deal was for a reported five-year term and filled a GM spot that had been open since January.[12] Holland would again be in a position to have control and final say over hockey operations, responsibilities he sacrificed to bring Yzerman to Detroit.

Personal lifeEdit

Holland and his wife Cindi live in suburban Detroit and have four children: Brad, Julie, Rachel, and Greg.[3] On July 12, 2011, Holland, his wife Cindi, and their youngest daughter Rachel became United States citizens. Holland's youngest son, Greg, was sworn in on July 15, 2011.[13]

Professional hockey careerEdit

AwardsEdit

  • NAHL Second All-Star Team (1977)
  • AHL Second All-Star Team (1982)
  • Inducted into Binghamton (NY) Hall of Fame, February 1998

Regular season statisticsEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L T SO GAA
1973–74 Vernon Vikings BCJHL 16 0 3.69
1974–75 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 37 23 10 4 1 3.91
1975–76 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 41 22 11 1 2 4.18
1976–77 Broome Dusters NAHL 48 0 3.78
1977–78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 39 12 19 3 0 4.28
1978–79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 41 19 17 3 0 3.91
1979–80 Springfield Indians IHL 37 15 14 5 2 3.70
1980–81 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 1 0 0 7.00
1980–81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 47 15 25 4 2 3.96
1981–82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 46 27 13 4 2 2.92
1982–83 Binghamton Whalers AHL 48 23 18 5 0 4.36
1983–84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 1 1 0 4.11
1983–84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 42 19 15 6 0 3.70
1984–85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 43 13 22 6 0 4.26
NHL Totals 4 0 2 1 0 4.95

Post season statisticsEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L SO GAA
1974–75 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 4 1 3 0 4.17
1975–76 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 9 4 4 0 3.41
1976–77 Broome Dusters NAHL 6 0 4.13
1978–79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 10 5 5 1 4.09
1980–81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 2 0 2 0 2.28
1981–82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 15 8 7 0 3.85
1982–83 Binghamton Whalers AHL 3 1 2 0 5.33
1983–84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 7 3 4 0 3.61

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Friedman, Dick (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 GMs/Executives". Sports Illustrated. SI.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Ken Mark Holland". LegendsofHockey.net. Retrieved June 8, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Ken Holland Executive Vice President & General Manager". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  4. ^ a b McKeon, Ross (June 5, 2008). "Wings GM in league of his own". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2008.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b Beam, Todd. "Red Wings announce new four-year deal for executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland". Detroit Red Wings Official Website. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Team Game Finder". Retrieved June 3, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Team Game Finder". Retrieved June 3, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ St. James, Helene (April 7, 2018). "Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland extended for two seasons". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Wakiji, Dana (April 19, 2018). "The Captain returns to Detroit as Red Wings general manager". NHL.com. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Holland hired by Oilers as general manager". NHL.com. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Edmonton names Ken Holland as GM, president of hockey ops". USA Today. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Edmonton Oilers introduce Ken Holland as general manager". edmontonsun.com. May 7, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Regner, Art. "Citizen Holland to Meet with Osgood". Fox Sports Detroit. Retrieved July 13, 2011.

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