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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59