Red Wings executive Jim Devellano to undergo brain surgery

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Detroit Red Wings executive Jim Devellano is set to undergo surgery on Monday to remove a benign brain tumor.

He began his career with the Red Wings back in 1982 when he was the first hire of new team owner Mike Ilitch, starting as the team GM and now serving as alternate governor and vice president.

Following Detroit’s 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, head coach Jeff Blashill began his post-game remarks with well wishes for Devellano.

“I just want to pass along my thoughts, certainly my prayers, with Jimmy Devellano for successful surgery,” Blashill said. “I hope in a month from now it’s not a big deal at all, but obviously any time anybody goes under surgery, there are certain risks.

“I’ve certainly been thinking about Jimmy the last few days here. He’s a great man, a great Red Wing, and he’s been a great mentor to me. So, thinking about him.”

We send our best wishes to Devellano and hope the surgery goes smoothly.