Lightning Hire Blashill as Assistant Coach
TAMPA BAY — The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the hiring of Jeff Blashill as an assistant coach, joining Jon Cooper’s staff.
Blashill was the head coach of the Red Wings for seven seasons and had a record of 204-261-72 during that time. The team parted ways with him after not renewing his contract after this past season.
Blashill is from Sault Ste. Marie and played college hockey at Ferris State. He also was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs from 1999 to 2002 before going to be an assistant at Miami (OH). Before becoming the head coach of the Red Wings, he coached the Grand Rapids Griffins for three seasons, winning the Calder Cup in 2013.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went 51-23-8 this past season, losing in the Stanley Cup Final, which snapped a two-year streak of winning it all. Blashill joins the staff of assistant coaches Jeff Halpern and Rob Zettler, goaltender coach Frantz Jean, and video coaches Nigel Kirwan and Brian Garlock. Garlock is a Big Rapids native.