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Jimmy Devellano Sr.


Jean (mother)  and Jimmy

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Congratulations to Jimmy and The Red Wings

On Another Great Season 2008-2009 

Congratulations On The  Stanley Cup Win In Season 2007-2008

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The Road To Hockeytown

The fascinating memoir of the NHL's reigning turnaround king

One of the most respected executives in the NHL, Jim Devellano's phenomenal record of 13 championship rings (including three Stanley Cups for  the New York Islanders and 4 for the Detroit Red Wings) is also the story of shrewd trades and brave, if not unorthodox, business decisions. His new memoir takes readers behind the scenes into the offices of a general manager and provides an inside look at what players and coaches are really like; how decisions are made on draft day; and how deals and trades are done. He also sheds light on the miraculous turnaround of the Detroit Red Wings and how such decisions as recruiting from behind the Iron Curtain have left their indelible mark on the game.

Jim Devellano (Detroit, MI, and Sarasota, FL) is the Senior VP of the Detroit Red Wings. Roger Lajoie (Toronto, ON) is the well-known host of The FAN 590 and a North American correspondent for the Reuters News Agency.

James "Jimmy" Devellano (born January 18, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario[1]) currently serves as the senior vice-president of the Detroit Red Wings National Hockey League (NHL) team and vice-president of the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team.

In the 1960s, Devellano was employed by the Canadian government in an administrative capacity. During his frequent business trips, Devellano watched as many major junior hockey games as he could, and eventually found a job with the St. Louis Blues, working on spec as an amateur scout.[2] He went on to work for the New York Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings. He won three Stanley Cups with the Islanders, two as scout 1980, 1981 and one as Assistant General Manager/Director of Scouting 1982. He left the Islanders to join the Detroit Red Wings as general manager and helped assemble the team that won four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008), serving as the Wings' Senior Vice President during that time. He also has a Major League Baseball American League championship ring with the Detroit Tigers in 2006 as Senior Vice President. Devellano's election to The Hockey Hall of Fame was announced on June 22, 2010.


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Strange Misadventures of the Stanley Cup

What single object is the world's most famous champagne cup, potato chip dish and dog-food bowl, while doubling on occasion as a baptismal font?

It's the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup has partied longer and harder than Ozzy Osbourne over its 109-year reign as hockey's Holy Grail. In a tradition unique in professional sports, every player on the championship team gets at least 24 hours to do virtually whatever he wishes with old Stan.

The cup has visited the White House and Lenin's tomb. It's also visited churches, bars, and strip clubs. It's been to the top of mountains and the bottoms of pools. It's been strapped to a Harley, a dog sled, and a golf cart. And along the way, it's been kissed, hugged, and admired by countless millions. Many, undoubtedly, are not hockey fans. They wait on line for more than an hour simply to enjoy a moment in awe of Stanley's grandeur.

This is what the best in the NHL fight for each year: a 35-pound, 3-foot-high polished silver trophy with five removable rings at the base. Each one lists 13 teams and their players, which remain on the cup for 64 years. The older rings are retired and on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. 

The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux's Swimming Pool 

Celebrates the 2008-2009 7th Game 1 Goal Win Over Detroit

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Congratulations To Jimmy For Winning 6+1 Stanley Cups

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Jimmy Devellano

Sr. VP. & Alternate Governor

Recipient of 


 4 Detroit NHL Championship Rings

And 3 NY Islanders NHL Championship Rings

Career Accomplishments Include 7 Stanely Cup Championship Rings.(N.Y. Islanders 1980, 1981, 1982 and Detroit 1997, 1998 and 2002, 2008),   And A Winning Career With 13 Championship Rings  So Far

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Entering his 27th season with the Detroit Red Wings and his 42st overall in the National Hockey League, Jim Devellano continues to be a driving force behind Detroit’s success as well as a strong influence in the evolution and improvement of the league itself. Devellano can be credited with carefully building Detroit’s 1997, 1998 and 2002 Stanley Cup Championship teams through the Entry Draft, savvy trades and aggressive free agent acquisitions.

He choreographed the Red Wings' steady rise from one of the NHL’s weakest teams into the powerful club that has reached the Stanley Cup finals four times and lifted the coveted Cup in triumph three times, giving Devellano his fourth, fifth and sixth Stanley Cup rings (three with New York Islanders and three with Detroit).

Devellano was the first individual hired by owners Mike and Marian Ilitch after purchasing the Red Wings in June, 1982. He was the team’s general manager for eight seasons before ascending to his current position of senior vice president on  July 13, 1990. An excellent judge of talent throughout his 41 years in the NHL, Devellano believes that building a solid foundation begins with a capable scouting staff and strong Entry Draft selections. Evidence of the wisdom in this plan can be seen in Devellano’s first draft as Red Wings general manager when he tabbed future Hall-of-Famer Steve Yzerman in the 1983 Entry Draft to be the cornerstone of the franchise.

Devellano was one of the first NHL general managers to assemble a strong European scouting staff back in 1984. A progressive move that has produced several standouts including Russians Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Pavel Datsyuk. Europeans such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall were discovered by Devellano’s Swedish scouting staff.

Through the course of Devellano’s tenure with the Red Wings, Detroit has participated in eight conference finals (1987, ‘88, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ’02, ‘07,08) and five Stanley Cup Finals (1995, ‘97, ‘98 ‘02, 08), collected five Presidents’ Trophies (1995, ‘96, ‘02, ’04, 06’), seven regular-season Western Conference championships (1994, ‘95, ‘96, ‘02, ’04, ’06, ‘07) and 13 division championships (1988, ‘89, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘99, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ’04, 06’, ‘07).

Devellano is the proud owner of 13 14 championship rings. His impressive collection includes: six Seven! Stanley Cups (N.Y. Islanders 1980, '81, '82 and Detroit '97, '98 '02 and 08), Three Calder Cup championships in the American Hockey League with Adirondack  (1986, 1989 and 1992), Two Adams Cup championships in the Central Hockey League (Fort Worth 1978 and Indianapolis '82), and one Riley Cup title in the East Coast Hockey League (Toledo 1994). Devellano most recently added a Major League Baseball American League Championship to his credentials with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

Devellano’s lengthy tenure as head of hockey operations for the Red Wings is second only to the 35 years served by the late Jack Adams, the legendary GM credited with building the Red Wings' dynasty of the 1950’s. In addition to his duties as senior vice president, Devellano serves as the team’s alternate on the NHL’s Board of Governors.

His litany of accomplishments while in Detroit earned him induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. 

He has been instrumental in many historical decisions in the National Hockey League. In 1980, it was Devellano who campaigned to have the annual NHL Entry Draft moved from a hotel ballroom into various NHL arenas, transfoming the draft into a spectacular event where fans can now witness what occurs with each and every team as the draft takes place. Devellano was also responsilbe for bringing the Entry Draft to the United States for the very first time on June 13, 1987 at Joe Louis Arena. More recently, it was at Devellano’s suggestion that the NHL instituted a new overtime format beginning with the 1999-2000 season that includes skating four aside as well as one point for each team following a regulation overtime and an additional point if a team is victorious in overtime.

Having served as a teacher and mentor to numerous front office personnel over the years, Devellano’s influence has reached several NHL clubs. Currently there are four NHL general managers who have succeeded under Devellano’s tutelage - Detroit General Manager Ken Holland, Darcy Reiger of the Buffalo Sabres, Don Waddell of the Atlanta Thrashers and Scott Howson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Devellano, 64, did not play professional hockey, but rose through the ranks in various capacities in his native Toronto. Joining former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, he became a scout with the St. Louis Blues in 1967 when the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams. Also, it was Devellano’s strong recommendation to owner Mike Ilitch that led to Scotty Bowman’s hiring by the Wings.

Joining the New York Islanders as a scout when that club was founded in 1972, Devellano’s scouting skills helped build a team that won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1980-83). It was Devellano who highly recommend that the Islanders GM, Bill Torrey, hire Al Arbour to coach the club. Arbour was captain of the St. Louis Blues when Devellano scouted for that franchise. The recommendation turned out better than expected as Arbour guided the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. In 1979-80, he became general manager of the Islanders’ Indianapolis (CHL) farm club and was named Minor League Executive of the Year by The Hockey News. He returned to New York in 1981 as the Islanders’ assistant general manager.

On a personal level in 2003, Devellano set up two private foundations supporting mostly children’s charities in the United States and Canada.

In June of 2001 Mike Ilitch named Devellano senior vice president of the Tigers. Devellano resides in Detroit and Sarasota, Florida.

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