via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“I’ll have a range of emotions and nervous will be one of them,” said Holland, admitting it’s totally different than listening to Steve Yzerman or Nick Lidstrom speak about making the Hall.
When’s the last time Holland would be this nervous?
“Probably my first NHL game (as a goalie),” said Holland.
At least he could let the puck hit him. “Yeah, 86 percent of the time.”
Holland is getting into the Hall for his smarts as a scout, then a manager, not his hockey ability.
“Anytime you’re going into unchartered waters … playing your first game, a Hall of Fame speech, you’re nervous. You gain experience the more you do something, but your first game is a one-off, and so’s your Hall of Fame opportunity to thank all the people that helped make the dream a reality,” said Holland, GM for three Stanley Cups in Detroit.
“About half the 2002 Detroit team went in (Hall) and I’ve been to all of their inductions. (Chris) Chelios, Yzerman, Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, (Igor) Larionov, Brett Hull. I made it a point to be there for all the players who helped on the ice,” he said.