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A "Special Weekend" For Ken Holland

11/09/2021 at 5:41pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"I was with the Red Wings for 36 years and I lived in Detroit for 25 years," said Holland, the president and general manager of the Oilers, who spent 22 of those years as general manager. "Obviously Little Caesars Arena is a little bit different than the Joe (Louis Arena). I never stayed at the Western Book Cadillac before (before this week).

"But, certainly, I have a lot of great memories from my time in Detroit."

The Wings won four Presidents' Trophies (best record) under Holland, 10 division championships, five regular-season conference titles and four Stanley Cups. The team also made the playoffs in the first 19 seasons of Holland's career as GM.

Holland was part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class that wasn't inducted in November 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So it's been nearly 18 months since Holland found out he'd be part of the Hall of Fame, but the excitement level remains the same.

"Very excited," Holland said. "We are going to have a private party Saturday night, and Friday night is the Hall of Fame game. The induction is Monday.

"A lot of family and friends are coming in, lots of Red Wings people.

"It's going to be a pretty special weekend."

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