Jimmy Devellano recovering from brain surgery
Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano was said to be doing well after surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor.
Red Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano is recovering and doing well after undergoing surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor from his brain on Monday.
Devellano, 76, was the first general manager hired by Mike and Marian Ilitch after they bought the franchise in 1982. The next year, Devellano selected Steve Yzerman with his first draft pick (fourth overall) in the 1983 draft.
Devellano also hired Ken Holland as a scout in 1985, and mentored him along the way to becoming Detroit’s general manager in 1997.
Devellano stepped down as the Red Wings general manager in 1990, becoming a senior vice president. He returned to hands-on management from 1994 to 1997, when he – along with Holland and then-coach and player personnel director Scotty Bowman – combined to serve the general manager’s function, for which they were nicknamed “The Three-Headed Monster.”
Devellano began his NHL career as a scout with the St. Louis Blues in 1967 and then joined the New York Islanders, helping to build that organization’s dynasty of the early 1980s.
He won three Stanley Cups with the Islanders and four with the Red Wings and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder’s category in 2010.
In 2016, Devellano became part of the ownership group of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit. Former Detroit goaltender and current television analyst Chris Osgood is also among Saginaw’s ownership group.