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Ken Holland
Ken Holland
Goaltender
Number: 35
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160
Catches:
Born: Nov 10, 1955
Birthplace: Vernon, BC, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on July 6, 1983.
Drafted: TOR / 1975 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 12th (188th overall)
Mention the name Ken Holland and most hockey fans will identify the highly successful general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Many people are not aware that Holland was, in fact, a professional hockey player himself at one time. The diminutive Holland was a goaltender, but his exploits in management far exceeded his accomplishments as a player.

Selected in the 13th round of the 1975 NHL amateur draft, 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was apparent that the chances of Ken Holland making it as an NHL goaltender were slim at best, and he never did see any playing time with the Leafs. He had played two years of major junior hockey with the New Westminster Bruins.

Holland turned pro in 1976, playing 48 games with the Binghamton Dusters of the NAHL. He returned for a second and third season with the club in the AHL, playing in 41 and 39 games, respectively, before moving on to the Springfield Indians in 1979-80.

As a member of the AHL's Binghamton Whalers in 1980-81, Holland was called up to play one game with the NHL's Hartford Whalers where he was shelled for seven goals against in a loss. Holland spent two more years with Binghamton before moving on to the Red Wings' organization, playing 42 games with the AHL's Adirondack club. During that year, Holland was called up to Detroit and played in three games, marking the end of his four-game NHL career. He retired as a player following the 1984-85 season in Adirondack.

Holland knew he wanted to remain close to hockey and his first assignment was as the western scout for the Red Wings in 1985. From there he held various positions within the organization, before being named general manager in the summer of 1997.

Holland of course has gone on to become one of the top managers in the NHL, having led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup title in his first year at the helm in 1998. Prior to that he held various positions with the team for over ten years. Known as one of the most dynamic managers in the game, Holland is also one of the busiest and most aggressive, having made numerous personnel changes to the club in an effort to get that extra advantage for the run to the Stanley Cup. He gained immediate notoriety and respect around the league when he managed to acquire Chris Chelios, Ulf Samuelsson, Wendel Clark, and Bill Ranford -- all within a span of 24 hours -- at the trade deadline on March 23, 1998. Although the Wings came up short of winning their third Cup in a row, Holland earned praise for his excellent wheeling and dealing and was recognized as a force to reckon with for future transactions.

Many credit Holland with being the glue that has made the Red Wings perennial Stanley Cup contenders with his deft handling of contracts for the likes of star players Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Niklas Lidstrom, and Darren McCarty. The signing of star goaltender Dominik Hasek in the summer of 2001 just added to his long list of successful signings. With the addition of Hasek the Wings went on to capture their third Stanley Cup in six years and are poised to repeat once again in 2003, after Holland inked free agent Curtis Joseph.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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