Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters, Welcome to Hockeytown.
Now fix the penalty kill.
The Wings have announced their new assistant coaches. News broke early this morning that Western Michigan University head coach Jeff Blashill as resigned to take the Wings open coaching gig.
Blashill has a pretty solid resume under his belt. He led the Broncos to a 19-13-10 record last season and was named National Coach of the Year by three publications. He also led WMU to their first CCHA championship game since 1986 and their first NCAA tournament birth since 1996. Here's a look at "The Blashill File" on WMU's website.
The Blashill File
Led WMU to a 19-13-10 (10-9-9, CCHA) record in first season. Named National Coach of the Year by College Hockey News, USCHO.com and Inside College Hockey (2010-11). Led WMU to CCHA Championship game appearance, the program's first since 1986 (2011). Led WMU to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996 (2011). Finalisy for CCHA Coach of the Year (2011). Head coach and general manager of the USHL's Indiana Ice. 72-43-5 record in two season. Won the "Clark Cup" as league champion on his first season as head coach Six seasons as assistant coach with the Miami University RedHawks. Won a CCHA Championship with Miami during the 2005-06 team Recruited three Hobey Baker Finalists, four CCHA All-Rookie Team members, 11 first or second team All-CCHA members, six All-Americans, two World Junior Championship participants. Was part of four NCAA Tournament teams while at Miami, including the 2006-07 and 2007-08 Elite Eight teams. Played a major role in recruiting and developing the Miami 2009 NCAA Finalist team. Four seasons as assistant coach at Ferris State. Played a major role in recruiting and developing the 2002-03 Ferris State CCHA Championship team. Assistant coach of the World Junior A Challenge Team; Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada (2009) Assistant coach of the World Junior Team; IIHF World Junior Tournament, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (2009) Assistant coach U-18 team; Ivan Hlinka Memorial World Championships, Czech Republic (2006) Head coach Team Michigan; U-17 & U-18 National Festival (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Mike Babcock was looking for young, hungry coaches with new ideas and Blashill fits that mold. The young coach will turn 38-years-old in Decemeber and is from Sault Ste. Marie, MI. He was a goalie at Ferris State University during his playing days.
The second man joining Uncle Mike behind the bench is another candidate we didn't hear much about. His name is Bill Peters and he was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
The Three Hills, Alberta native has been the head coach in Rockford since 2008 and has been his fair share of hockey experience. He began as a scout for the Spokane Chiefs. During that time, Babcock was head coach from 1994-2000. In Babcock's final season as head coach (1999-00 season), Peters was his assistant coach. He remained an assistant until 2002. Peters then went on to be the head coach at the University of Lethbridge from 2002-2005, before returning to Spokane to be the Chiefs head coach from 2005-2008. In his final season with the Chiefs, he led the team to a Memorial Cup championship.
Both assistant coaches will provide a fresh voice in the dressing room and bring the new ideas that Babcock is looking for (and hopefully fix the penalty kill). Only time will tell if Babcock made the right choices.