DETROIT, Mich. — The worst-kept secret in hockey appears to be true: Jeff Blashill is heading to Detroit to be the next head coach of the Red Wings.
Sources have confirmed the weeks-old rumors to FOX 17 that the Grand Rapids Griffins head coach will be announced as the new leader of the Wings sometime next week. The 41-year-old will become the second-youngest head coach in the National Hockey League.
Blashill won two division titles and the 2013 Calder Cup in his three seasons in Grand Rapids — and was named the 2014 American Hockey League Coach of the Year.
He’s found success with every head coaching job in his career, starting with a Clark Cup championship in the United States Hockey League with the Indiana Ice in 2009 — then leading the Western Michigan Broncos to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 15 years in 2011.
Update: We are expecting the Red Wings to make the announcement official Tuesday morning, June 9.