Ferris State’s Daniels Excited for Former Assistant, Red Wings Head Coach Lalonde

BIG RAPIDS — On June 30, the Red Wings named Derek Lalonde their 28th head coach in franchise history. That also marked the second straight former Ferris State hockey assistant coach to become the head coach of the Red Wings.

Lalonde took over for Jeff Blashill, who coached the Red Wings for seven seasons and had a record of 204-261-72. Blashill played college hockey at Ferris and became an assistant for Bob Daniels shortly after from 1999 to 2002. The next assistant coach for the Bulldogs after Blashill left: Lalonde.

“I’m excited for Derek Lalonde, who coached with us. He took Jeff’s spot at Ferris State when Jeff left us. So their paths have been intertwined over the years,” Daniels said. “And it’s just ironic that Derek Lalonde is coming in to replace Jeff. And the irony goes further than that with Jeff going to Tampa Bay to take Derek’s old job with the Lightning as assistant for Jon Cooper.”

Lalonde was an assistant coach at Ferris State from 2002 to 2006. He had been on the Lightning’s coaching staff for the last four seasons and joined that franchise when current Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman was Tampa Bay’s GM.


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