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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In an interview with the Free Press, Holland said he roots for the Wings, and is glad to get both games against them out of the way this month. Here are highlights from the interview.

How closely do you follow the Wings?

They were a massive part of my life. I’ve watched most of those players from the draft table to the NHL. I’ve got relationships in that locker room. I follow their scores more closely than any other team in the league. I’ve only gotten to see them once or twice, but I do follow their fortunes.

Do you root for them except when they play the Oilers?

Absolutely. I put on an Adirondack Red Wings jersey when I was 27 and I’m now 63. I am happy they are in the East and they are in the West, so other than the two times we play, I’m rooting for them. I’m rooting for them, I’m rooting for Steve, rooting for them to surprise. Every year there are two or three or more teams that the oddsmakers thought were not going to be in the playoffs. I’m hoping the Wings are going to be one of those surprises.


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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Holland has watched the Wings “a couple of times” thus far this season, and is impressed with what he’s seen.

“I know (Dylan) Larkin and (Anthony) Mantha and Bert (Tyler Bertuzzi) are off to a great start, and I know they’re 3-3 (before Thursday’s Calgary game) and they’re in the thick of things,” Holland said. “For the fans and players, I want them to be in the thick of things all year.”

Holland feels the organization is in capable hands with Yzerman, who was a Hall of Fame player with the Wings and transitioned into the front office under Holland, before leaving for Tampa and building a powerhouse Lightning organization.

“If an opportunity never came along, I was thrilled, more than willing and excited, to work with Steve,” Holland said. “My relationship with Steve goes back to 1994. We were roommates at the Olympics in Sochi when we were on the Canadian management team. I hold him in the highest regard.

“He did it on the ice. He and (Nicklas) Lidstrom and the Russian Five and the Grind Line and (Chris) Osgood, and (Henrik) Zetterberg, I respect those people, they did it on the ice. Steve is one of the key, key people in my career that (has) done it on the ice for me and our team and city.

“The Wings are in very good hands.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/17/19 at 06:44 PM ET

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