Coach Jeff Blashill passed along best wishes to Red Wings exec Jimmy Devellano ahead of his surgery. Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News
Detroit — Jimmy Devellano, the Red Wings’ longtime front office executive, will have surgery Monday for a non-cancerous brain tumor.
Devellano, 76, is currently a senior vice-president and alternate governor, after being hired as the team’s general manager in 1982.
Devellano was the Wings’ GM from 1982-1990, and again from 1994-97 — he was the Wings’ vice-president from 1990-94 as Bryan Murray was the team’s GM.
It was during Devellano’s time in GM that the Wings’ had some franchise-altering drafts, forming the nucleus of a powerhouse lineup.
During Devellano’s time in the front office, the Red Wings won Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.
The news was first reported by Red Wings' broadcaster Mickey Redmond on Saturday's telecast.