Jim Devellano
Senior Vice President

Named to his position by Tigers owner Michael Ilitch on June 7, 2001.
  • Provides advice and expertise for the Tigers business and marketing operations.
  • Is also senior vice president of the Detroit Red Wings, a position he has held with the team since July 1990.
  • Serves the Red Wings as an alternate on the NHL’s Board of Governors.
  • Devellano was the first individual hired by owners Mike and Marian Ilitch after they purchased the Red Wings in June 1982...is currently in his 32nd season with the Red Wings.
  • Owns seven Stanley Cup rings (NY Islanders 1980-82, Red Wings 1997-98, 2002, 2008), as well as three Calder Cup rings with Adirondack and one Calder Cup ring with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League, two Adams Cup rings in the Central Hockey League and a Riley Cup ring with Toledo in the East Coast Hockey League.
  • Served as the general manager for the Red Wings for eight seasons...in his first draft as general manager, he tabbed Steve Yzerman in the 1983 Entry Draft who would become the cornerstone of the franchise...later served a second term as general manager for three seasons from 1994-97.
  • Under his guidance, the Wings have been to 10 conference finals (1986-87, 1987-88, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09) and six Stanley Cup finals (1994-95, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08, 2008-09)...the team has also won six President’s Trophies (1994-95, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08), eight regular season Western Conference championships (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08) and 16 division championships (1987-88, 1988-89, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11).
  • Was one of the first NHL general managers to assemble a strong European scouting staff in 1984...resulted in the production of several Red Wings standouts including Russians Sergei Federov, Slava Kozlov and Vladimir Konstantinov as well as Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, who were discovered by Devellano’s Swedish scouting staff.
  • His lengthy tenure as head of hockey operations for the Red Wings is second only to the 35 years served by the late Jack Adams, the Wings legendary general manager credited with building the dynasty of the 1950s.
  • Has been instrumental in many historic decisions in the NHL...brought the Entry Draft to the U.S. for the first time on June 13, 1987 at Joe Louis Arena...the NHL followed his suggestion for a new overtime format that includes skating four aside, one point for each team following a regulation tie and an additional point if a team wins in overtime.
  • Joined former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman as a scout with St. Louis in 1967 when the NHL expanded from six teams to 12...Devellano’s strong recommendation would later lead to Bowman’s hiring by the Wings.
  • Joined the NY Islanders as a scout in 1972 and helped build a team that won four straight Stanley Cup titles from 1980-83...was general manager of the Islanders CHL farm club in Indianapolis before returning to New York in 1981 as the Islanders assistant general manager.
  • Devellano is a shareholder and director of the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the International League.
  • Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • Received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2009, an award given annually in recognition of outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
  • Devellano was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 8, 2010.
  • The 71-year-old Devellano resides in Detroit, Toronto and Sarasota, FL.