Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/02/19 at 03:41 PM ET
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
This was home for Ken Holland. Well, it still is, for the moment.
Before the Edmonton Oilers hired him as general manager May 7, he was GM of the Detroit Red Wings for 22 years and part of the front office for 12 years before that. His house is about two miles from USA Hockey Arena. When he would scout the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, he could leave 10 minutes before a 7 p.m. game and make puck drop.
So he has been a familiar face during the World Junior Summer Showcase here this week. Fans have come up for autographs and photos. Friends have stopped by to say hi, like Kris Draper -- the former Red Wings center who became assistant to the GM in Detroit, first to Holland, now to Steve Yzerman -- who gave him a passing pat on the arm during a media interview.
"Certainly it's a little bit different, but every day that goes by, I'm more and more comfortable," said Holland, who stepped aside for Yzerman and became senior vice president of the Red Wings on April 19, then left for the Oilers. "I was so fortunate to work for the same team for a long time, but it was time, and I'm excited about the new opportunity."
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