Today in Hockey History: July 12

On this date, the Detroit Red Wings made an expansion to their front office that helped alter the course of the establishment. Likewise, Canada began to manufacture their program for the absolute most noteworthy hockey games at any point played.

Red Wings Change Leadership

On July 12, 1982, the Red Wings named Jim Devellano as their new senior supervisor, supplanting Jimmy Skinner. The move came only three weeks after Mike Illitch bought the group from the Norris family.

Before starting his drawn out relationship with Michigan sports, Devellano cut his teeth with the New York Islanders. He assumed a major job in building their mid 1980s line by having his hand in the drafting of such players like Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Clark Gillies. He even had a section in recruiting lead trainer Al Arbor.

Devellano served as general manager from 1982 until 1990. He was promoted to vice president during Bryan Murray’s tenure as general manager before returning to the role between 1994 and 1997. He laid down the foundation for the Red Wings’ long-term success and becoming a model franchise in the league.

He was instrumental in bringing the “Russian Five” to Detroit. He drafted stars Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Vyacheslav Kozlov while they were still playing Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia. He then added Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov via trades. After winning the Stanley Cup in 1997, he was promoted to senior vice president and Ken Holland took over the general manager role.

Devellano still holds his senior VP position with the group. He additionally invested energy in the Detroit Tigers’ front office, likewise possessed by the Illitch family. In 2016, he turned out to be part-proprietor of the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), alongside previous Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood. He has been a piece of 15 titles in different expert associations during his profession, including seven Stanley Cups.

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