On Tuesday, Detroit Red Wings Governor, President and CEO Christopher Ilitch, as well as Executive Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman offered statements to Ken Holland after he was named Oilers General Manager and President of Hockey Operations.
All statements are courtesy of Todd Beam and DetroitRedWings.com.
Statement from Christopher Ilitch:
"I would like to congratulate Ken Holland on his new position with the Edmonton Oilers and thank him for more than three decades of hard work, loyalty and passion for the Detroit Red Wings," said Red Wings Governor, President and CEO Christopher Ilitch.
"When Ken decided it was in the best long-term interest of the Red Wings for Steve Yzerman to serve in the role of General Manager, we knew there was a strong possibility other franchises would inquire about him. It is a testament to how well-respected and admired Ken is around the National Hockey League. Ken is a first-class person and a top-notch hockey man. We're ecstatic about the future of the Red Wings with Steve in charge, and on behalf of Marian Ilitch and the entire Red Wings family, we would like to thank Ken for 36 wonderful seasons and wish him, his wife Cindi, and the rest of the Holland family all the best going forward."
Statement from Steve Yzerman:
"Ken Holland has been a friend of mine since I was drafted in 1983," said Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman. "We were teammates, he held various executive roles during my playing career and he served as a mentor to me as I transitioned into management.
"There are very few General Managers in the history of the National Hockey League who have accomplished what he has, and I consider it a privilege to have been able to learn from him both in Detroit and during our time together with Hockey Canada.
"I was hopeful that Ken would stay with the Red Wings and was excited to once again work alongside him, but I understand that Ken is a true competitor who loves being a General Manager, and that he still has a burning desire to contend for Stanley Cup championships as the person in charge. I look forward to competing against him and, as a close friend, sincerely wish him the best of luck in his new role with the Oilers."