A native of Vernon, BC, Holland was a goaltender in his playing days, appearing in four NHL games with the Red Wings and Hartford Whalers after being taken in the 12 round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. They entered their final game of the season 27th overall in the National Hockey League with a 30-39-12 record.
Holland has been with the team for 35 seasons.
DETROIT (AP) - Chris Ilitch is the first to admit that it hasn't been business as usual for the Detroit Red Wings the past couple of seasons, but he's confident the man to bring them back to the glory days is the man they now have in charge.
Red Wings Governor Christopher Ilitch, a member of the team's ownership family, announced Saturday they had signed executive vice-president and GM Ken Holland to a two-year contract extension. "He has my support and that of our owner, Marian Ilitch, and we are completely aligned on our strategy for building a Stanley Cup contender". To get back there, it's a process.
The Detroit Red Wings make a decision on their general manager as their season ends.
The announcement was made before Saturday night's regular-season finale against the New York Islanders.
In the course of Holland's tenure, the club claimed Stanley Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2008 and the team won a total of 23 playoff rounds. "That's the blueprint for our future and Ken knows that".
Holland is the second-longest serving active GM in the National Hockey League.
The fantasy that most Detroit Red Wings fans have of former captain Steve Yzerman coming to town to once again rescue a franchise in desperate need of help just took a devastating blow.
Coach Jeff Blashill has one year remaining on his contract as well, but Holland said he will address Blashill's future on Tuesday.