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Wings Announce Jay Varady Hired As An Assistant Coach

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman today announced that the team has hired Jay Varady as an assistant coach.

Varady, 44, has spent the last four seasons as a coach in the Arizona Coyotes organization, including three seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners from 2018-20 and 2021-22. During his tenure with the Roadrunners, Varady compiled a 93-84-11-6 record and led the team to its first-ever Pacific Division title in 2019-20. He also served as head coach of the Pacific Division at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. Before returning for his second stint with the Roadrunners in 2021-22, Varady made his debut behind an NHL bench as an assistant coach for the Coyotes during the 2020-21 campaign, helping the team to a 24-26-6 record.

Prior to joining the Coyotes organization, Varady worked one season as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs in 2017-18, guiding the team to a 36-23-6-3 record and a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Varady arrived in Kingston after spending the previous four seasons as head coach and director of hockey operations for the United States Hockey League’s Sioux City Musketeers from 2013-17, where he posted a 136-88-10-6 record. While with Sioux City, Varady was named the USHL’s Coach of the Year in 2016-17 after the Musketeers clinched the Anderson Cup as regular-season champions with a 40-13-5-2 mark and reached the Clark Cup Final. In all, Varady led Sioux City to the postseason in three of his four seasons at the helm, earning two appearances in the Western Conference Finals and a pair of Western Conference regular-season titles.

A native of Cahokia, Ill., Varady made his head coaching debut with Ducs d’Angers in France’s Ligue Magnus from 2011-13, finishing with a 37-10-3-2 record as the team won a regular-season title and reached the playoff final in 2012-13. He previously spent eight seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, working as an assistant coach from 2003-07 before being elevated to associate head coach from 2007-11. Varady also won a championship as an assistant coach with the North American Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Forge in 2002-03. He started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Union College for the 2000-01 season. On the international stage, Varady won a pair of gold medals coaching the United States at the 2014 and 2016 World Junior “A” Challenge. Varady also served as an assistant coach at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and won a gold medal as Team USA’s video coach at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Varady recorded eight points (3-5-8) and 100 penalty minutes in 73 games at Union from 1997-00, serving as team captain during his junior campaign. Varady also played two seasons with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints from 1995-97, logging 14 points (5-9-14) and 389 penalty minutes in 95 appearances.

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Posted by pnwwing on 07/18/22 at 01:15 PM ET


About time this guy circled and landed. Hope he does a good job in Detroit and stays a spell.

Posted by exor54 on 07/18/22 at 01:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh, I’m hard-nipple excited about the new attitude the Wings are gonna have this coming October.

I think we’re gonna have a little more bite this year.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/18/22 at 02:23 PM ET


Boughner wasn’t a very good fighter,
but he was certainly willing.

Interesting to have a second coach with
a similar approach when he played,
albeit more briefly and at lower levels.

Question is (and I’ll admit fighting as such
isn’t nearly as important as it once was):
who on this team can do it?

It great a big, strong guy like Chiarot will be there
to step in if an opponent is going after Seider etc.
Perron and Copp are gritty, determined forwards.
But sometimes you need someone who can actually
throw ‘em and step up without getting hurt or embarrassed.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/18/22 at 03:13 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I asssumed Boughner would just jump over the bench as needed smile

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/18/22 at 03:30 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

It great a big, strong guy like Chiarot will be there
to step in if an opponent is going after Seider etc.

I think Seider has proven he’s not going to be pushed around out there. The exception might be a cheap shot but he’s been good at preventing those situations from occurring

Overall it seems like every time we get some new free agents there is always the hope one of them will step up and fight. Other than Tootoo that’s just never been the case consistently. Just not the identity of our teams or coaches.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/18/22 at 06:07 PM ET


This team is definitely going to be much more difficult to play against. That’s what Stevie wants. He’s mentioned it a bunch in pressers over the pst 6 months.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/18/22 at 08:58 PM ET


Definitely not the priority for this org.
And I’m not saying we should be Philly
and probably put Delaurier and McEwen
on one line. That team is a mess.

I just don’t want guys like Larkin and
even Bert to have to carry that load.
Raymond getting his head bashed into the ice
isn’t appealing either. Smart players can often push
back without getting baited until a fight, but there are
times when someone will force the issue.

It also helps to have a player who simply helps his teammates
play a little bigger. I’m not saying spend 4X4 on Eric Gudbranson.
But Columbus was arguably softer than Detroit last season
and they went out and spent a 4th on Olivier, a 13th/14th forward type.
And they clearly felt they needed size and toughness and a very defense-first
guy on their back end. They had a couple games last season in which Minnesota
gooned it up all game long, because they knew no one could really push back.
That’s not good for a team IMO, no matter how tough and determined they are otherwise.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/18/22 at 11:24 PM ET

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