Get to Know Jeff Blashill’s Story
Earlier this month the Detroit Red Wings announced Jeff Blashill as the franchise's 27th head coach. The 41-year-old bench boss brings a younger face into the coaching ranks, only the New Jersey Devils new coach John Hynes is younger at 40 years of age.
Blashill has spent one year previous behind the Red Wings bench as an assistant coach and now returns to the Joe as the man in charge after spending the last three years on the farm in Grand Rapids for the Red Wings organization. With the Griffins, Jeff Blashill led the team to a Calder Cup in 2013, his first year in the AHL, and led the 2015 squad to the Western Conference final where they lost to Utica in six games.
Blashill won 134 games in three seasons and had a .638 points percentage in the regular season. His postseason series record stands at 7-2 in those three playoff years.
On paper he is a phenomenal head coach, but now thanks to the official Grand Rapids Griffins YouTube channel GriffVision, we can get to know Coach Blashill on a deeper and more personal level, thanks to this interview.
Jeff is joined by Griffins play-by-play man Bob Kaser to help bring us this web series.
If you ask me there's nobody better to lead this team after the departure of Mike Babcock and usher in another era, the Blashill era, of Red Wings success.