Saturday, June 6, 2015

Detroit Red Wings to Name Jeff Blashill Coach This Week

Jeff Blashill will officially be named the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings this week as noted at Michigan Live.  The 41 year-old Michigan native has been at the helm of the Red Wings' AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins for the past three seasons, winning the AHL Championship once, and never winning less than 42 games in a regular season.

Blashill had coached briefly as an assistant with the Red Wings under head coach Mike Babcock.  After that brief stint he headed to Grand Rapids to become their head coach for 2012-13.  Most recently, Blashill coached his Grand Rapids Griffins to the conference finals of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs (the AHL playoffs).  The Griffins would eventually bow out to the Utica Comets in the Western Conference Final Series.

It was noted in a May Detroit News article that if the Red Wings are looking to maintain their "winning culture" they could "scarcely do better" in hiring Jeff Blashill as a head coach.  Blashill made it clear that he desires to be the head coach of the Red Wings as quoted by Sports Illustrated:

"Yes, I want to be the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings," Blashill told reporters on Thursday. "An ultimate goal of mine was to become an NHL head coach; obviously, within this organization, it's a great organization to be part of."

In an interesting article at Kukla's Korner, Blashill is quoted on his coaching style.  Although he notes that he does not have a prescribed coaching style, he has heard it said that he is "hard but fair", and he is in agreement with that sentiment.  

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