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Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Spiros Anastas busy working both current and future jobs

Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Spiros Anastas will leave the team after the Griffins attempt to defend their Calder Cup championship this spring, and Anastas is going to a lesser-known institution that's a familiar place to the Wings' former coach.

Anastas is going to take over as the University of Lethbridge's (Alberta) coach, taking a position once filled by Mike Babcock, and Anastas spoke with the Lethbridge Herald's Dylan Purcell about his new challenge:

He’s still an assistant coach in the American Hockey League, preparing for the playoffs for the defending league Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins.

He’s recruiting players for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team as part of his new head coaching duties.

He has to find a place to live in Lethbridge, and has to evaluate the players he is inheriting and determine what resources he has at his disposal.

And he’s planning to get married this summer.

If it sounds like Spiros Anastas needs a couple of extra hours in the day, don’t worry, he’s found them.

“It’s been really busy. We’ve got the playoffs ahead for the Calder Cup defence. They say sleep is a weapon but I am going to have to use it wisely but I think I can handle it, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Purcell continues, and Anastas is truly somebody worth rooting for, so I wish him all the best.

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I go to The University of Lethbridge. Its cool that the hockey program has ties the Red Wings, with Babcock, Bill Peters, and now Anastas coaching there.

Posted by Bficiur on 04/18/14 at 01:31 PM ET

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