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RED WINGS NAME JEFF BLASHILL HEAD COACH
… Michigan Native Becomes First American to Coach Red Wings …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that Jeff Blashill has been named the 27th head coach in franchise history.
Blashill, 41, joined the organization in 2011-12, spending one season behind the Red Wings’ bench as an assistant coach before being named head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate, on June 25, 2012. With the Griffins, Blashill led the club to three of the most successful campaigns in franchise history, highlighted by a 2012-13 campaign that saw Grand Rapids capture a regular-season Midwest Division title and eventually the first Calder Cup championship in the franchise’s 17-year history. In 2014-15, the Griffins won the Midwest Division after reaching 100 points for the first time during Blashill’s tenure with a 46-22-6-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record over the AHL’s 76-game slate. The club advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in three seasons before falling to the Utica Comets in six games.
It's simplest to post the Twitter play-by-play of the Jeff Blashill announcement in one post and to posit articles in a second post, so here are the Tweets regarding Blashill's introduction as the Red Wings' 27th head coach...
And this note from the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner (who posited a list of Blashill's accomplishments thus far) is pertinent "right out of the box":
As for what's happening downtown...
Jeff Blashill will be introduced as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings this morning.
Watch the live stream, which is scheduled to begin at 11:00am EDT, below:
Via RedWingsFeed, take this news from the Hockey News's Ken Campbell for what you will:
Hall of Fame legend Gordie Howe is “comfortable and happy,” after undergoing his second stem cell treatment at a clinic in Mexico Monday night, said his son, Murray.
“Our dad continues to participate in a clinical trial where stem cells are being used in the treatment of a stroke,” Murray Howe said in an email to thn.com. “We’d like to wait until the first phase of that clinical trial is complete before providing any more updates. At this time, our dad is comfortable and happy. That remains our goal. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support for Mr. Hockey.”
Howe is back at the Santa Clarita Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico receiving stem cells in a bid to restore some of the functions to the right side of his body. After suffering a serious stroke last October in which a blood vessel in the area of the brain that controls motor function burst, things looked bleak for the 87-year-old Howe. The family was holding a vigil at his bedside and it looked as though palliative care was the only option.
The plan after this round of treatment is for Gordie Howe to go back to Michigan for a short time, then he will move to a nursing home in Ohio that specializes in treating people with dementia.
That might be the best news of all. Gordie's family has tried to take care of him on their own for over half a decade now, and Gordie may very well benefit most from specialized care.
The Red Wings issued the following press release at 3 PM on Tuesday, making all-but-official what we've known for weeks: the team is going to name Jeff Blashill coach on Tuesday at 11 AM EDT (we'll get some streams up on TMR and/or KK as we are able to find them):
WHAT: The Detroit Red Wings and Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland are holding a press conference to introduce the team’s new head coach.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 9 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: The International Bancard Olympia Club inside Joe Louis Arena
PARKING: Media parking will be available in the Riverfront Executive Lot, located just west of Joe Louis Arena across Steve Yzerman Dr., next to the People Mover station. Media is advised to enter the building through the arena’s west press entrance.
STREAMING: The press conference will stream live on DetroitRedWings.com.
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner and WOOD TV happened to speak to the people who know Blashill best on Monday--which was locker-room clean-out day for the Grand Rapids Griffins--and the Griffins' players issued effusive praise for their departing coach:
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner attended the Grand Rapids Griffins' locker room clean-out day, and the Griffins' vets were in a contemplative mood given that those who return--if they return--know they'll have a new coach and possibly new teammates as a result of what's about to happen in Detroit:
"It's definitely mixed emotions because we're proud of what we accomplished this year but disappointed that we weren't able to accomplish more," said goalie Tom McCollum, an unrestricted free agent July 1. "At the same time, it's definitely a little sad because we can definitely sense that there are changes that are going to happen around here."
The Griffins had a week to digest a season that ended in the Western Conference finals against Utica. Blashill, along with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and assistant GM Ryan Martin, met with most players in 10-minute interviews. They did not speak to the media.
"With what's going on with Blash ... your staff changes, your personnel is going to change," said captain Jeff Hoggan. "In three years we won one (AHL championship) and easily could have won two more. We were that close. How do you maintain that? Guys get older, move on, so it's definitely an end of a good run and we'll see if we can maintain it."
Wallner continues, speaking with Nathan Paetsch and Brennan Evans regarding their desire to return as veteran leaders, and Wallner posted a short video of players' comments as well:
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