Torchetti Named Red Wings’ Assistant Coach

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.

Red Wings Announce Final Exhibition Schedule at JLA

The Detroit Red Wings announced their exhibition schedule for 2016 on Wednesday. It marks their last preseason at Joe Louis Arena.

As per usual, the team will play at home and on the road against four teams: The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The exhibition slate opens on September 27 against Pittsburgh and closes on October 8 against Toronto. The full schedule is as follows:

Date Opponent Location Time
September 27, 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Home 7:30 PM
September 28, 2016 Boston Bruins Away 7:00 PM
September 30, 2016 Boston Bruins Home 7:30 PM
October 2, 2016 Chicago Blackhawks Home 6:00 PM
October 4, 2016 Chicago Blackhawks Away 8:30 PM
October 5, 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Away TBD
October 7, 2016 Toronto Maple Leafs Away TBD
October 8, 2016 Toronto Maple Leafs Home 7:00 PM