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by George Malik on 07/12/11 at 05:25 PM ET
According to the Free Press’s Helene St. James, a certain Red Wings general manager was busy doing something not directly related to hockey this afternoon:
Time to send him a voter registration card: Canadian Ken Holland, gainfully employed in the U.S. by the Detroit Red Wings for nearly three decades, is taking the oath to become an American citizen this afternoon. Holland, 55, was born in Vernon, British Columbia. He just finished up his 15th season as general manager of the Wings, a promotion he received in July 1997. Before that, he spent 15 years working his way up from scout to director of amateur scouting to assistant general manager.
Holland will hold dual citizenship, just like former Wings captain Steve Yzerman and longtime goalie Chris Osgood, both of whom also were born in Canada. And Swedish-born forward Tomas Holmstrom is seeking a green card.
Update: Here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan’s report, if you will..
“The United States has really provided me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and for my children, this is home to them,’’ Holland said. “It was just natural for us to become citizens so we can vote and become Americans.’‘
Holland, 55, is a native of Vernon, British Columbia.
His wife, Cindi, and youngest daughter, Rachel, also became U.S. Citizens today. His youngest son, Greg, is going through the process and could be approved any day. His oldest son, Brad, isn’t able to be sponsored by the family but wants to go through the process. His oldest daughter, Julie, was born in the U.S.
“It’s an exciting day for our family,’’ Holland said. “When I became an assistant manager here (in 1995), it became clear I wanted to carve out a career in the National Hockey League and in the United States.’‘
And here’s what Holland had to say to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:
“It’s an exciting day for our family,” said Holland, who will hold a dual citizenship. “The United States has really provided me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and my children. This is home to them. It was just natural for us to become citizens so we can vote and become Americans.”
Holland’s youngest son, Greg, is in the process of becoming a citizen as well.
“Hopefully he’s not too far behind,” Holland said. “The oldest one I waited to long and we weren’t able to sponsor him. He does want to follow with the rest of the family though.”
Brad, 30, is the oldest son. Julie, 28, was born in Binghamton, New York so she’s been an American since her birth.
“The kids went to grade school here and to university so it’s become home,” Holland said.
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