After a whirlwind first season as head coach at Western Michigan University, Head Coach Jeff Blashill is a finalist for what could be a dream come true. The Detroit Red Wings continue their search for two new assistant coaches, and Coach Blashill's name is on the list of finalists. The final decision should be made by next week. You can read what MLive had to say about it here
The Broncos found their way back into the national spotlight this year, for the first time in 15 seasons. While it is no surprise that there was a lot of excitement from the incredible hockey market in Kalamazoo, it certainly garnered a lot of attention to see that Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock looked to Jeff Blashill as a candidate for one of the most coveted coaching positions in the NHL. The Detroit Red Wings are known by players and coaches alike as a top class organization. Along with being an Original 6 team, there is a large fan base that will often fill the more than 20,000 seats at Joe Louis Arena. It is no mistake that Detroit is called "Hockeytown".
All fans of Michigan hockey certainly wish Jeff Blashill the best of luck. And, though he would be missed by everyone associated with Western Michigan University's hockey program, the opportunity is undeniable. Since the championship in 2008, at least three assistant coaches from Detroit have taken head coaching positions. Most notably, Todd McLellan, who now coaches the San Jose Sharks. The vacancies that need to be filled are because Brad McCrimmon and Paul McLean were both offered head coaching positions (Brad to the KHL and Paul to the Ottawa Senators). In other words, Detroit has a way of making very talented people even better, in every part of the organization.
Only time will tell if Jeff Blashill will trade his Bronco for a Winged Wheel. Until then, congratulations go to both Coach Blashill and the entire Broncos team for a great year. The best may be yet to come.