"Although Jimmy by no means performed specialist hockey himself, he used to be born with an severe love for the sport and has dedicated his existence to hockey. He lives and breathes the sport. Hockey is best off as a result of Jimmy Devellano."
—From the Foreword by way of Mike and Marian Ilitch, proprietors, Detroit crimson Wings
"Though he hasn't ever scored a target, blocked a shot or thrown a physique money, Jim Devellano contributed to seven Stanley Cup championships over 3 separate many years. An accomplishment of that significance is testomony to his foresight, his perception and his hockey sense."
—Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
"He is my mentor. He gave me my first chance to get into the enterprise. while he got here to Detroit, one of many issues he said was once he was once by no means going to alternate a draft choose. he is a huge architect."
—Ken Holland, normal supervisor, Stanley Cup champion Detroit pink Wings
"He had what i'd give some thought to a superb profession. He began from the very, very backside and has labored his approach as much as, i might say, the pinnacle echelon within the league. I made him glance so sturdy, Mike Ilitch referred to as me and stole him to Detroit."
—Bill Torrey, Former normal supervisor, long island Islanders
"He is a really revered hockey guy who merits all accolades which were provided to him. besides the fact that, the place he has helped me the main is in realizing the activities setting within the urban of Detroit. Jimmy spent numerous hours advising me in this activities panorama upon my arrival in Michigan."
—Dave Dombrowski, President & basic supervisor, Detroit Tigers (MLB)
"For greater than the earlier forty years Jim Devellano has had his fingers at the hockey pulse. His outstanding accomplishments make him a Hockey Icon. Congratulations."
—Scotty Bowman, advisor, Detroit purple Wings
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He was once the true deal. yet may possibly we signal him? Torrey definitely knew how vital it was once to get Potvin so one can construct the franchise round him. we'd compete ﬁnancially for his prone, no less than as most sensible shall we, yet we additionally had one other card up our sleeves whilst it got here time to convincing Denis Potvin to settle on the NHL over the WHA. As you could think, NHL groups weren’t too extremely joyful approximately what was once occurring with the WHA. perhaps lots of them hadn't taken the league heavily while it all started, yet by the point the 1972-73 NHL season was once winding down, the WHA used to be lovely severe stuff. Torrey ﬁgured he had an ace to play hence. Denis’ older brother, Jean Potvin, was once fiddling with the Philadelphia Flyers at the moment, so Torrey referred to as up Flyers’ GM Keith Allen for a bit chat. His method used to be lovely easy actually—trade for Jean Potvin and maybe more youthful brother Denis may stick with him to the Island. may even store a couple of 26 bankruptcy three money, simply because there wasn’t a lot doubt the WHA might pop out with the chequebook with a view to entice Denis to their facet, yet they didn’t have his brother. Keith Allen used to be beautiful stable approximately it. NHL groups have been all within the comparable boat in regards to the WHA, so why now not throw a fellow franchise a bone? Allen instantly obtained again to Torrey after the Islanders ﬂoated the belief and stated he may possibly aid Torrey by means of getting him the “other” Potvin—and he did. The Philadelphia Flyers traded Jean Potvin to the recent York Islanders for strong veteran ahead Terry Crisp in the course of that ﬁrst ordinary season. the belief was once to set up a rapport with Jean Potvin, invite his mom and dad all the way down to the Island and feature Jean inform Denis that invoice Torrey and the Islanders have been going to get this factor rotated, which might then bring about Denis settling on the Islanders. there has been even more to it than that, in fact, as dealings of this importance are infrequently that straightforward. yet that's pretty well what occurred, and Denis opted to forgo the WHA and subscribe to massive brother Jean with our hapless big apple Islanders. Now Jean Potvin for Terry Crisp won't pass down within the annals of NHL historical past as probably the most vital bargains ever made—they have been either respectable NHL gamers, yet not anything more—but did that deal ever aid the recent York Islanders begin to construct their franchise. yr one used to be a write-off, we have been simply poor, yet now we had a celeb to construct our staff round. We had our ﬁrst large construction block, and it was once thank you partially to that exchange with the Flyers. Now we simply wanted a trainer who was once keen to take an opportunity on a 30-point staff. invoice Torrey had a few rules approximately who he want to see as our subsequent trainer. So did I. anyone can trainer a selection group, rather. anyone who desires to get ulcers and realizes that there’s no manner they could win, that's. Our ﬁrst coaches that ﬁrst dreadful season, Phil Goyette and Earl Ingarﬁeld, have been terriﬁc men, as I stated, yet they weren't long term solutions for our wishes. And Ingarﬁeld, who ﬁnished the season, desired to come again to scouting in Western Canada and sought after no a part of returning The beginning of the Islanders 27 in the back of the bench.