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The Daily: How Ken Holland Went From Vacuum Salesman to HHOF



Former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday Night


One of Ken Holland’s favorite stories is about how he thought about being a vacuum cleaner salesman before embarked on his career on the management side of hockey.

He retold that story to Sportsnet’s Mark Specter when it was announced that Holland was selected to be a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was inducted last night in Toronto.

Fans were mad at Holland at the end of his time in Detroit because the Red Wings were sputtering. However, Holland had an exceptional run as Detroit’s general manager. He was general manager from 1997 to 2019 when he handed the job to Steve Yzerman.

In that span,the Red Wings won the Central Division 10 times, the regular-season Conference title five times, the Presidents’ Trophy four times, and the Stanley Cup three times,. The Red Wings won more regular-season games (789) and postseason games (118) than any other NHL team during that time. The team also won a Cup (1997) when Holland was an assistant GM.

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