UPDATED: Blashill named Wings’ coach

Former Indiana Ice coach Jeff Blashill was named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

(Yahoo: “I’ll have my own approach” | Detroit Free Press: “I can’t wait to get started” | 16 reasons why Blashill is the best pick | Detroit News: “I can’t wait to get started”)

Jeff Blashill coached the Indiana Ice from 2008-10.

Jeff Blashill coached the Indiana Ice from 2008-10.

It had been speculated that Blashill would be promoted as soon as Wings head coach Mike Babcock moved to a similar position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Blashill’s first head coaching position began with the Indiana Ice in 2008. He led the Ice for two seasons, coaching them to a Clark Cup championship in 2009. In two seasons with the Ice, he was 72-43-5 in the regular season.

So far, four of Blashill’s players with the Ice – Anthony Bitetto, Torey Krug, Stanislav Galiev and Brian Ferlin – have matriculated to the NHL. A fourth, Nick Bailen, is playing in the KHL, with a number of prospects from his tenure matriculating their way through the minor pro ranks.

He went on from the Ice to coach one season at Western Michigan in 2010-11, leading the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament and a 19-13-10 record.

He went from there to the Red Wings’ organization, first as an assistant to Mike Babcock for one season, and then as the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, from 2012-15. The Griffins were 134-71-23 in the regular season during Blashill’s tenure. In 2012-13, he led the Griffins to the Calder Cup championship. In 2013-14, he was named the AHL Coach of the Year. This past season, the Griffins advanced to the AHL Western Conference Final. Several of his players from Grand Rapids have gone on to become contributors with the Red Wings.

Pre-announcement: (Detroit Free Press | SI | Wingin It In Motown)



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  1. June 10, 2015

    […] Blashill, who coached the Ice from 2008-10 and led them to the 2009 Clark Cup, was named the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Plenty of media links are in the attached article. It had long been expected, […]

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