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Red Wings appoint Blashill as new Griffins coach

4:26 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
Former Western Michigan head coach and Red Wings assistant Jeff Blashill is the Grand Rapids Griffins new head coach
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The Detroit Red Wings have assigned assistant coach Jeff Blashill to Grand Rapids to become the new head coach of the Griffins. Blashill will replace Curt Fraser, who left the organization this month to become an assistant with the Dallas Stars.

Blashill led the Western Michigan Broncos to the 2011 NCAA Tournament before leaving to take the Red Wings assistant position. His profile can be seen here.

"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Griffins," Blashill said in a statement released by the Griffins. "I had a tremendous experience in Detroit last season and will lean on that as I make the transition behind the bench in Grand Rapids. I worked with most of our young players at training camp and in the preseason last year. We have some great talent in the organization. I'm looking forward to getting started."

Blashill played collegiately at Ferris State from 1994-1998. His coaching career has also included stints at the University of Miami (Ohio) and with Indiana of the USHL.

The Griffins expect to introduce Blashill later this week.

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