Red Wings Name Blashill, Peters as Assistant Coaches

The Detroit Red Wings named their two new assistant coaches on Friday: Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters.

The pair replace Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon, who both moved on to head coaching jobs this summer.

The 37-year-old Blashill comes to Detroit from Western Michigan University. In his lone season with the Broncos, he led the team to the CCHA championship game and an NCAA tournament berth.

Before coming to WMU, Blashill coached the USHL Indiana Ice to a Kelly Cup championship in 2009. He was also an assistant at Miami of Ohio for six years and an assistant at Ferris State for three years. He played his collegiate hockey at FSU as a goalie.

Peters, 46, has been the head coach of the Rockford Ice Hogs - AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks - for the past three seasons. He was with the WHL Spokane Chiefs when Detroit head coach Mike Babcock coached the team, serving as one of Babcock's assistants for one season. Peters later coached the Chiefs himself, leading them to the 2008 Memorial Cup.

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