The Road to Hockeytown: Jimmy Devellanos Forty Years in the NHL

by Jim Devellano, Roger Lajoie
Foreword by Mike Ilitch

Wiley | August 26, 2008 | Hardcover

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SPORTS/HOCKEY

"Although Jimmy never played professional hockey himself, he was born with an intense love for the game and has devoted his life to hockey. He lives and breathes the game. Hockey is better off because of Jimmy Devellano."
-From the Foreword by Mike and Marian Ilitch, Owners, Detroit Red Wings

"Though he has never scored a goal, blocked a shot or thrown a body check, Jim Devellano contributed to seven Stanley Cup championships over three separate decades. An accomplishment of that magnitude is testament to his foresight, his insight and his hockey sense."
-Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner

"He is my mentor. He gave me my first opportunity to get into the business. When he came to Detroit, one of the things he talked about was he was never going to trade a draft pick. He''s a tremendous architect."
-Ken Holland, General Manager, Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings

"He had what I would consider an outstanding career. He started from the very, very bottom and has worked his way up to, I would say, the top echelon in the league. I made him look so good, Mike Ilitch called me and stole him to Detroit."
-Bill Torrey, Former General Manager, New York Islanders

"He is a truly respected hockey man who deserves all accolades that have been presented to him. However, where he has helped me the most is in understanding the sports environment in the city of Detroit. Jimmy spent countless hours advising me on this sports landscape upon my arrival in Michigan."
-Dave Dombrowski, President & General Manager, Detroit Tigers (MLB)

"For more than the past 40 years Jim Devellano has had his hands on the hockey pulse. His remarkable accomplishments make him a Hockey Icon. Congratulations."
-Scotty Bowman, Consultant, Detroit Red Wings

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: August 26, 2008

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470155523

ISBN - 13: 9780470155523

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The Road to Hockeytown: Jimmy Devellanos Forty Years in the NHL

The Road to Hockeytown: Jimmy Devellanos Forty Years in the NHL

by Jim Devellano, Roger Lajoie
Foreword by Mike Ilitch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: August 26, 2008

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470155523

ISBN - 13: 9780470155523

About the Book

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 both the New York Islanders and 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Mike and Marian Ilitch, Owners, Detroit Red Wings).

Preface (Roger Lajoie).

Acknowledgements (Jimmy Devellano and Roger Lajoie).

Chapter 1. Nurturing a Passion.

Chapter 2. Landing-and Losing-Hockey Work.

Chapter 3. The Birth of the Islanders.

Chapter 4. Our Time Finally Comes.

Chapter 5. Learning in the Minors (The CHL Years).

Chapter 6. Becoming a Thorn in the Side of Maple Leaf Gardens.

Chapter 7. Dabbling in Baseball.

Chapter 8. Flying to the Red Wings.

Chapter 9. Dealing with Adversity in Detroit.

Chapter 10. Rising From Worst to First.

Chapter 11. Finding the Perfect Coach and Manager.

Chapter 12. A Coaching Legend Hits Motown.

Chapter 13. Triumph Turns to Tragedy.

Chapter 14. Our Hall of Fame Team.

Chapter 15. From Where I Stand.

Afterword.

Appendix A. Comparative Red Wings Payrolls.

Appendix B. Devellano''s All-Star Draft Selection Team.

Appendix C. Devellano''s Rings.

Index.

From the Publisher

SPORTS/HOCKEY

"Although Jimmy never played professional hockey himself, he was born with an intense love for the game and has devoted his life to hockey. He lives and breathes the game. Hockey is better off because of Jimmy Devellano."
-From the Foreword by Mike and Marian Ilitch, Owners, Detroit Red Wings

"Though he has never scored a goal, blocked a shot or thrown a body check, Jim Devellano contributed to seven Stanley Cup championships over three separate decades. An accomplishment of that magnitude is testament to his foresight, his insight and his hockey sense."
-Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner

"He is my mentor. He gave me my first opportunity to get into the business. When he came to Detroit, one of the things he talked about was he was never going to trade a draft pick. He''s a tremendous architect."
-Ken Holland, General Manager, Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings

"He had what I would consider an outstanding career. He started from the very, very bottom and has worked his way up to, I would say, the top echelon in the league. I made him look so good, Mike Ilitch called me and stole him to Detroit."
-Bill Torrey, Former General Manager, New York Islanders

"He is a truly respected hockey man who deserves all accolades that have been presented to him. However, where he has helped me the most is in understanding the sports environment in the city of Detroit. Jimmy spent countless hours advising me on this sports landscape upon my arrival in Michigan."
-Dave Dombrowski, President & General Manager, Detroit Tigers (MLB)

"For more than the past 40 years Jim Devellano has had his hands on the hockey pulse. His remarkable accomplishments make him a Hockey Icon. Congratulations."
-Scotty Bowman, Consultant, Detroit Red Wings

From the Jacket

He's known simply as Jimmy D.

He never played or coached, but Jim Devellano has lived his life in hockey and is one of the most respected executives in the game. He is the owner of 14 championship rings, seven of which are for Stanley Cup wins-three with the New York Islanders and four with the Detroit Red Wings-and he has been instrumental in building the teams that won them.

From his humble beginnings in the working-class neighborhood of Cabbagetown in Toronto of the 1940s, to the years of glory and parades in Hockeytown, Jimmy D. has seen it all along the way. The Road to Hockeytown gives a rare glimpse inside the world of hockey from an unusual perspective-through the eyes of one of the game's greatest executives.

This candid, personal account of Jim Devellano's life and his more than 40 incredible years in the game of hockey gives an insider's insight into the business and personalities of the game and a behind-the-scenes look at what the players and coaches are really like; how they are assessed, hired, and fired; how decisions are made on draft day; and how deals and trades really get done.

Since he broke into the NHL in 1967 as a volunteer scout with the St. Louis Blues, he's seen the league expand from six teams to thirty, and been at the forefront of the game's development. He was instrumental in hiring talented coaches such as Al Arbour with the New York Islanders and Scotty Bowman in Detroit, and in assembling one of the very first strong European scouting staffs. He was at the center of the wheeling and dealing that brought a crop of talented Russians like Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, and Vladimir Konstantinov from behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL. And, as a minority owner of Maple Leaf Gardens stock, was caught in the middle of the very public power struggle for the Gardens after Harold Ballard's death.

On his watch with three different teams, he's brought an all-star lineup of players into the NHL, including Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Bob Probert, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kelly Hrudey, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Osgood, and Steve Yzerman (his very first draft pick as GM!). The first person hired by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1982, he's seen the Red Wings go from the basement of the NHL to the pride of Detroit and been a key part of that amazing turnaround.

Jimmy D. has left his indelible mark on the game of hockey everywhere he has gone, from Cabbagetown to Hockeytown. As told to veteran journalist and broadcaster Roger Lajoie, The Road to Hockeytown is a fascinating memoir of a life lived in hockey.

About the Author

Jim Devellano is Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor of the Detroit Red Wings. The first person hired by Mike and Marian Ilitch after they purchased the struggling Red Wings in 1982, Devellano built the team into a four-time Stanley Cup winning franchise as General Manager and then Senior Vice President in charge of hockey operations. After over 25 seasons with the Red Wings and more than 40 years in the National Hockey League, Jimmy D. is one of the most accomplished and respected executives in the NHL. He is the proud owner of 14 championship rings: seven Stanley Cup rings (three with the New York Islanders and four with Detroit), three Calder Cup rings (AHL), two Adams Cup rings (CHL), one Riley Cup ring (ECHL), and one American League championship ring with the Detroit Tigers of major league baseball for whom he also serves as Senior Vice-President. Devellano continues to be a driving force behind the Red Wings’ success as well as a strong influence in the evolution and improvement of the league itself, campaigning for opening up the NHL draft to the public in NHL arenas, and for instituting the four-on-four overtime format. Before joining the Red Wings, Devellano helped build the three-time Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders team as a scout and Assistant General Manager. He also served as a scout with the St. Louis Blues and as General Manager of the Islanders’ Indianapolis farm club (CHL), where he was named Minor League Executive of the Year b
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