Red Wings hire Western Michigan coach

Jul 8, 2011

The Detroit Red Wings hired Jeff Blashill, a former Wester Michigan coach, according to the Detroit Free Press.

From the article:

The Red Wings have hired Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill and Rockford (AHL) coach Bill Peters to be assistant coaches under head coach Mike Babcock.

Both of Babcock’s assistants last season left to take new jobs. Brad McCrimmon is now coaching in the Kontinental Hockey League and Paul McLean was hired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators.

Western Michigan announced today that Blashill had resigned after one season to join the Wings. The Wings announced both hirings on their official Web site before noon.

Blashill played hockey as a college student at Ferris State, and went to work as an assistant coach at Ferris State and Miami of Ohio.

Here's more of Blashill's professional history from MLive:

Jeff Blashill, 37, played goalie for Ferris State University, graduating in 1998. He served as an assistant for FSU for four years, then joined Miami of Ohio as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach/general manager of the USHL's Indiana Ice, with whom  he won the Clark Cup in his first season (2009).

Blashill took over as WMU's coach in the spring of 2010 and led the Broncos to their first CCHA title game appearance in 25 years and the program's first NCAA tournament appearance in 15 years. He swept National Coach of the Year honors from all three major college hockey publications.

The MLive article also features a very favorable 'scouting report' of Blashill's confidence and coaching abilities. Check out the entire article here.

-Brian Short, Michigan Radio Newsroom