Ken Holland signs 4-year deal with Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have signed executive vice-president and general manager Ken Holland to a four-year contract through the 2017-18 season.

Has been Detroit's GM since 1997

Ken Holland, left, with Red Wings senior vice president Jim Devellano at the 2012 NHL draft, has won three Stanley Cups as Detroit's GM. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have signed executive vice-president and general manager Ken Holland to a four-year contract through the 2017-18 season.

The Vernon, B.C., native has been Detroit's GM for the last 17 seasons, and since he took over in July 1997, his teams have won more regular-season games (746) and post-season games (115) than any other organization.

The Red Wings won Stanley Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2008 — and another in 1997 while he was an assistant GM.

Detroit fought through injuries in 2013-14 to make the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season, but the Red Wings lost in the first round to Boston.

Holland was also an executive with the Canadian teams that won Olympic men's gold in 2010 in Vancouver and in 2014 in Sochi.

"Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement. "We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future."

The next step to securing the Red Wings' future is trying to sign coach Mike Babcock to an extension. Like Holland, Babcock was going into the final year of his deal.

With files from CBCSports.ca

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