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The Road to HockeyTown: Jimmy Devellano's Forty Years in the NHL [Kindle Edition]

Jim Devellano , Roger Lajoie

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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.


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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 640 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperCollins (29. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FJ3O7DO
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but expected more. 19. Februar 2012
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I have always been a big fan of Jimmy D. viewing him and Mike Ilitch as the saviors of the Detroit Red Wings. Having listened to him being interviewed numerous times I know him to be a straight shooter and a stand up guy. Therefore, I don't know whether to blame him or his co-writer Roger Lajoie for the fact that this book leaves out at least several interesting things that I would have liked to know more about. 1. In 1996 Steve Yzerman was nearly traded to the Ottawa Senators. This is not mentioned in the book, though it was being reported by all the news outlets at the time. This probably gives Jimmy D. the cold sweats to think about it today but he should have either commented on it or denied it. Pretending that it never happened is not going to make people like me forget about it, it just makes me think that HE would like to forget about it. 2. According to at least one Detroit newspaper in the spring of 1997, Scotty Bowman was going to be fired after the playoffs and replaced by Butch Goring. Then a funny thing happened. Detroit won the Stanley Cup and Bowman became a deity. No mention of this in the book. 3. Letting Bob Probert walk as a free agent in 1994 caused Red Wing management to take some flak at the time and as I recall, Bowman called Mitch Albom's talk show and told him off on live radio over this very subject but, once again, Probert's ungraceful exit from Detroit isn't even mentioned. 4. While he mentions trading for Jimmy Carson he does not say who he traded for him. I had to look it up in order to remember what a bad trade it was, which is maybe why he left it out. I must say this omission surprises me the most because he discusses the terrible Adam Oates trade in depth. He did have reasons to make the Carson trade, he just doesn't mention them. 5. And what about the weird Bob Essensa trade that Bryan Murray made with Bowman's approval? They acquire Essensa, sign him to a new contract and then Bowman doesn't play him. Did Bowman do that just to make Murray look bad? The Wings ended up stashing him in the minors and eating his contract. What was that all about Jimmy?

Maybe he didn't want to step on Bowman's toes but these omissions leave a bad taste in my mouth. I bought the book to get the whole story but instead feel like I only got half of the story. Such things as the "Goose Loonies" incident and how it lead to the downfall of Jacques Demers, the near hiring of Mike Keenan and most of the other moves are covered. However, the book is not well written. It repeats its self too much and between the chapters where he leaves the Islanders and joins the Red Wings there is a chapter about owning stock in the Toronto Maple Leafs and a chapter about baseball which are totally out of place. Roger Lajoie is apparently a friend of Jimmy's but he didn't do him any favors in writing this book. Lajoie is a Toronto guy and it shows. Devellano would have been better served by having a Detroit beat writer co-author the book. Someone who would have said, "Hey Jimmy, what about this thing? We can't just leave it out." Instead Lajoie doesn't care, he's not really into the Red Wings.

Jimmy, I still think you are great, but maybe you should have waited until you retired and then written the COMPLETE story of the "Road to Hockeytown".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A fun and entertaining read 20. November 2008
Von Benjamin Yee - Veröffentlicht auf
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I don't read alot of books on sports, but being from the Detroit area orginally this book caught my attention. I think this book is a fun read. It is well written and has a good pace. It is almost like a brief history of the Red Wings from the early 80's onward. I had forgotten some of the stories, like the drinking fiasco when they were playing against the Oilers. Like a trip down memory lane. I like that he was very humble in the sense that he took credit when he felt it was due but gave credit when he just a beneficiary of others good decisions. If you are a Red Wings fan or just a hockey fan, I think you will find this book a fun read.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Jimmy D is a star 14. Dezember 2013
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Great book by a very interesting guy. Jimmy is a class act and has done as much for hockey as any one.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read for a Red Wings fan 10. Februar 2010
Von J. Oliver - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a great read. Jimmy D goes very detailed with his career in hockey and a Wings fan will find awesome info and insight on their favorite team. I would highly recommend this to any Wings fan.
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