"There's a couple of things you'd like to accomplish if you're in my position long enough -- one is to win a Stanley Cup, and the other probably would be to cap your time in the game as a builder in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But you have to be voted in. It's not the easiest thing to accomplish. You're thankful when it happens, for sure." -- Jimmy Devellano
Forty-four years and seven Stanley Cup championships later, Jimmy Devellano finally will get his night in Toronto when he's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 8.
Devellano, who is currently a Senior Vice-President and Alternate Governor for the
, will be enshrined in the Builder Category. Devellano was hired as the Red Wings' GM in 1982 by owners Mike and Marian Ilitch after helping construct the
from scratch. With Devellano's help, the Islanders went on to win four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-83.
The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups since Devellano's arrival and have reached the Stanley Cup Final on six occasions. While he's since passed the torch to current GM Ken Holland, the winning hasn't stopped. Detroit won its last championship in 2008 and returned to the final round the following year.