Ken Holland, the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, became a US citizen after participating in a Detroit naturalization ceremony, according to multiple reports.
Holland, 55, who became the Wings’ assistant general manager in 1995 and general manager in 1998, was naturalized along with his wife Cindi and youngest daughter Rachel. The British Columbia native told the Detroit News the entire citizenship process took between 8 to 10 years.
Holland said becoming a citizen seemed like a “natural process” since he has lived in the US and has been employed by a US company for more than a decade.
“We’re proud to be Americans,” he said. “We’re proud to be living in this country.”
Up until this point, Holland’s youngest daughter Julie was the only member of the family who was a US citizen. Holland said his 22-year-old son Greg is currently waiting to have his own citizenship paperwork approved.
Holland was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL entry draft as goalie. Although his playing career did not last long, he has reportedly been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings, leading them to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.