The Edmonton Oilers made the hiring of Ken Holland official on Tuesday

Ken Holland has been named General Manager and President of Hockey Operations for the Oilers. He will have full autonomy and will report directly to OEG CEO Bob Nicholson. “The Edmonton Oilers are excited to welcome Ken Holland to the organization,” said Nicholson. “Ken’s experience as a hockey executive and NHL general manager is unmatched, and his arrival is an important step to the Oilers achieving the success we all want for the team. I look forward to working with Ken and he will have full autonomy over all aspects of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.”

“I am very happy to be joining the Edmonton Oilers,” said Holland. “I believe we can build something special in Edmonton and I look forward to putting a plan in place to make the Oilers a consistently successful team.”


Holland, 63, was the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 22 seasons, capturing four Presidents Trophies (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), 10 division championships (1991, 2001-2004, 2006-2009, 2011), five regular season conference titles (2002, 2004, 2006-08) and reaching 100 regular season points in 13 of his last 18 seasons. 

Over his time as general manager with the Red Wings, Holland guided the team to more combined regular-season and post-season wins (1,044) than any other NHL franchise. The Red Wings reached the playoffs for his first 19 seasons as general manager, giving the organization 25 consecutive seasons in the NHL post-season (1990-2016)

Ken Holland is one of the greatest managers in Pro sports history.

With Holland in the fold, the Edmonton Oilers now have no excuses left. Of course, it is going to take him a while to fix the huge mistakes already made.

However, Holland is one of the few people I trust with Ideas for the Fix.

Let’s get to winning!