The Red Wings announced Thursday that the team re-signed general manager Ken Holland to a four-year contract extension meaning one of the most successful front office executives in all of sports will remain with Detroit through the 2017-18 season.
Here’s a statement released by Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch:
“Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future.”
And in case you forgot what Ken Holland (58) has done during his tenure as general manager of the Red Wings, here’s a quick reminder on some of his accomplishments:
- Since taking over the Red Wings as general manager in July of 1997, his team’s have won more regular-season games (746) and playoff games (115) than any other NHL team during that span.
- As the team’s GM, Holland has constructed three Stanley Cup winning teams in 1998, 2002 and 2008. He was also the assistant GM for the 97′ Stanley Cup team.
- During his tenure as GM over the past 17-years, Ken Holland Red Wings teams have qualified for the playoffs in each of those seasons.
- In addition to the three Stanley Cups, the Red Wings in the Holland era have won four Presidents’ Trophies, five regular-season Conference titles and 10 Division titles. Not to mention they have also produced 13 100-point seasons.
Next up you’d have to figure the team will be looking to re-sign head coach Mike Babcock to a long-term deal considering he’s entering the final year of his contract.