Red Wings Add Hiller, Brewer as Assistant Coaches

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday the additions of Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer to Mike Babcock‘s coaching staff.

Hiller replaces Tom Renney, who left the Red Wings to take over as president of Hockey Canada earlier this summer. Brewer takes the spot of video coach Keith McKittrick, who moved on to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.

The Red Wings had previously announced the hiring of Tony Granato to replace Bill Peters, who took the head coaching job with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hiller, who played 21 games for the Red Wings during the 1992-93 season, had spend the last five years as head coach of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. Before that he was the head coach of the Chilliwack Bruins for three years. Hiller may be the analytics mind that the Red Wings had stated they were looking to add to the organization, as he reportedly has a program that he was attempting to market to NHL teams.

Brewer has spent the last three seasons as a video coach for Hockey Canada, working with Babcock during the 2014 Olympics, where Canada won the gold medal.

Reports: Red Wings Coaching Staff Loses Renney, Adds Granato

TSN of Canada reported on Monday that the Detroit Red Wings made two coaching changes.

Associate Coach Tom Renney will be leaving the team, taking over as president of Hockey Canada while Tony Granato has been hired as an assistant coach to replace Bill Peters, who took over head coaching duties for the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this summer.

Granato comes to the Red Wings from the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he spent the last five seasons as an assistant under recently-fired head coach Dan Bylsma. Prior to that he was an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche, then that team’s head coach, then assistant coach again before a second promotion to head coach.

The Red Wings cannot formally announce Granato’s hiring as he is currently still under contract with the Penguins. The team is working with Pittsburgh to secure his release.

Granato’s 13-year NHL career was split between the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

Renney leaves the Detroit organization after two years, having been brought in to replace Jeff Blashill as he moved on to the head coaching role for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He will replace Bob Nicholson at Hockey Canada in a role that Nicholson had held since 1998.

Red Wings Assistant Peters Named Head Coach of Hurricanes

The Detroit Red Wings lost assistant coach Bill Peters on Thursday, as he was named the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Peters had been with the Red Wings for three seasons, having joined the club alongside Jeff Blashill when the pair were hired to replace the departing Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon.

Prior to coming to Detroit, Peters was the head coach of the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs. Before that he was the head coach of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, a team for which he’d previously been an assistant coach under current Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.

Thus far the Red Wings have retained the services of Tom Renney, their other assistant coach. Peters’ replacement will be named later in the summer.

Red Wings Hire Renney as Associate Coach

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday the hiring of Tom Renney as associate coach.  Renney replaces Jeff Blashill, who took over as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins last week.

Most recently the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, Renney has also served as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, assistant and head coach of the New York Rangers, and associate coach in Edmonton.

The Oilers did not make the playoffs in two seasons under Renney, leading to his replacement this summer.