Bashill Named U.S. Men’s National Team Coach

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in May.

Blashill just completed his second season with the Red Wings after serving as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins from 2012-15. Detroit is 74-66-24 in two seasons under Blashill.

"We’re extremely pleased to have Jeff lead our men’s national team at the world championship," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and part of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, in a statement. "He’s been successful at every step of his career and we know our team will be well prepared when the puck drops."

Blashill previously coached U.S. national teams in international competition as the goaltending coach for U.S. National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships and as an assistant coach for the 2009 World Junior A Challenge and 2006 U.S. National Under-18 Select teams.

The 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship will take place May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.