Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced on Thursday the hiring of John Torchetti as the team’s second new assistant coach.
Torchetti joins former Detroit defenseman Doug Houda as newcomers behind the Red Wings’ bench, led by head coach Jeff Blashill. Houda was named to replace outgoing assistant Tony Granato in May. Torchetti replaces Pat Ferschweiler, who has been moved to a press box role.
In addition, longtime goalie coach Jim Bedard was replaced by Jeff Salajko, formerly the goalie coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Torchetti, 51, most recently served as interim head coach of the Minnesota Wild, having been promoted from head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild, in February. He has previously served as an associate/assistant coach for four NHL teams and. In addition to the Wild, he has been interim head coach of both the Florida Panthers and the Los Angeles Kings.
He will be in charge of the Red Wings’ forwards and power play while Houda handles the defensemen and penalty kill.