The Detroit Red Wings did their part in Dave Lewis’ quest to become the head coach of the Western Conference team in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game, defeating the Florida Panthers in the arena where the All-Star Game will be played next month. Unfortunately, the Red Wings’ win wasn’t enough.
Lewis will be the West’s assistant coach behind the Vancouver’s Marc Crawford. Crawford earned the head coaching position as his Canucks cruised to a 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators after the Wings had finished off Florida in overtime.
Coaches are chosen for the All-Star teams based on team winning percentage as of January 8, 2003.
Ottawa’s Jacques Martin will be the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars. His assistant will be Ken Hitchcock of the Philadelphia Flyers.