The Detroit Red Wings officially introduced 41-year-old Jeff Blashill as the team’s 27th head coach Tuesday morning.
Blashill takes over for former head coach Mike Babcock, who left to take the same position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Detroit native has spent the last three years with the Red Wings AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins, leading the team to the Calder Cup Championship in 2013 and the Western Conference finals this season.
He was named the AHL’s most outstanding coach in 2013-14 and before his tenure with the Griffins, he served as an assistant coach under Babcock.
Blashill began his coaching career as an assistant with Ferris State in 1999, where he played as a goaltender from 1994-98.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports