Jim Devellano; Cammi Granato; Dino Ciccarelli; Angela James

2010 Hockey Hall of Fame profiles: Devellano, Seaman (the builders)

Five people will be officially inducted as the 2010 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In the “players” category, the inductees are: Dino Ciccarelli, Angela James and Cammi Granato. Meanwhile, the “builders” who will be inducted are Jimmy Devellano and Daryl “Doc” Seaman.

In these two posts, we’ll provide a quick summary of the accomplishments of the inductees from each group. Keep in mind these aren’t meant to be comprehensive. Instead, these write-ups will provide a snapshot of five great careers. Each individual is listed in alphabetical order.

For profiles on the players, click here.

Jim Devellano (first person on the left in the photo above)

Talking points/numbers

  • Spent 29 seasons with the Red Wings organization and 44 overall in the NHL.
  • Given a lot of credit for building the generation-dominating Detroit teams that won four Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.
  • He was the first person hired by the Ilitch family once they took over as Red Wings owners in ’82, according to the Red Wings.
  • He was also a part of the New York Islanders dynasty during the early ’80s, although he wasn’t there for all four Cup wins.
  • Devellano owns 14 sports-related championship rings.
  • The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 2006.

A few other things

Devellano’s master stroke was probably the in-roads he made to help the Red Wings earn a huge head start on international scouting, which helped them uncover stars such as Sweden’s Nicklas Lidstrom. Then again, he also drafted Steve Yzerman, which is borderline HOF-worthy in itself. He’s an obvious choice for the team builder category … it’s almost surprising it took so long.

I wonder if he’ll be joined by current Red Wings GM Ken Holland some day?

Daryl “Doc” Seaman

Talking points/numbers

  • One of the original owners of the Calgary Flames.
  • Seaman is receiving this honorary posthumously, as he died in 2009.
  • A key figure in getting Calgary’s Saddledome built.
  • Elected into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008.
  • Also elected to Canadian Oilmen’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

A few other things

That’s about all I know about Daryl Seaman, except that his nickname is “Doc.” Doc is a beyond-solid nickname, I’d say.

Weaver announces retirement after 633 NHL games

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning
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Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.

“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.

“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”

Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.

Larkin will start season with Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.

Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.

“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”

Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings