No surprise: Jeff Blashill named Red Wings head coach

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 19:13:26-04

DETROIT, Mich. - The Detroit Red Wings made it official this morning - Jeff Blashill is the new head coach.

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.

Blashill is the 27th head coach in franchise history and the fourth Griffins head coach in 19 seasons to earn a promotion to the National Hockey League.

Blashill finished his tenure in Grand Rapids with a cumulative 134-71-12-11 (W-L-OTL-SOL) regular season record along with numerous accolades, including two Midwest Division titles (2013 and 2015), a Western Conference title (2013) and, most prolifically, a Calder Cup (2013).

Blashill replaces Mike Babcock who is taking the head coaching job with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We'll have more from Detroit on Fox 17 News at 6:00pm.