NHL's Ken Holland awarded freedom of the city by hometown Vernon

Freedom of city for Ken

Vernon has awarded Canadian hockey builder Ken Holland with the freedom of the city.

The city is bestowing the award "in recognition of his many contributions to his community," it said in a press release.

Council will honour Holland in a ceremony Oct. 26 at City Hall.

Holland, who was born and raised in Vernon, earned a reputation as one of the most successful general managers in the NHL.

He was GM of the Detroit Red Wings from 1997 to 2019, leading the team to four Stanley Cups is currently GM of the Edmonton Oilers.

Holland is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and began his hockey career with the Vernon Vikings as a teenager in 1973.

Freedom of the city is the highest civic tribute bestowed by the City of Vernon.

"I'm pleased to bestow this honour on Mr. Holland," said Mayor Victor Cumming. "He has had a long and prestigious career....

"Throughout his career, Mr. Holland has kept roots in his hometown of Vernon and has supported the community through his generous contributions to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon Kal Rotary Club and charitable organizations too numerous to name. He has served as an outstanding ambassador, not only for hockey, but for the City of Vernon, placing it on the hockey map around the world."

Holland becomes the 21st recipient of the award.

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