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IN DEPTH: Sights Set on Stability

After joining the Oilers organization over the summer, President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland set his sights on stabilizing the franchise

by Paul Gazzola /

Ken Holland envisioned being a Detroit Red Wing his whole life.

He did, after all, join the organization as a western Canada scout in 1985 and never looked back.

He targeted potential draft picks as Detroit's amateur director of scouting, watched their development as assistant general manager then - when named the Original Six franchise's GM in 1997 - aimed for Lord Stanley's Cup.

Over his 36 years with the Red Wings organization, he saw it all: 16 NHL Division Championships, six Presidents' Trophies and not one, two or three, but four Stanley Cup championships.

Under Holland's gaze, The Motor City maintained consistent success.

Now, the Oilers General Manager eyes replicating it in Oil Country.

"When I think about the Edmonton Oilers and the players here, this franchise and the fan base, I just think there's an opportunity here for me to try to make a real positive impact," Holland, sitting in the Oilers Hall of Fame Room on May 7, said.


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