Wings to announce Blashill as new coach Tuesday at 11am

The Detroit Red Wings will announce their next head coach at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday at 11am.  They are expected to tab Jeff Blashill to replace Mike Babcock who left Detroit to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs May 20.

Blashill has numerous connections to Northern Michigan.  He grew up on the campus of Lake Superior State in Sault Ste Marie, played goalie and assistant coached at Ferris State University in Big Rapids and has many family members living in Traverse City.

Jeff assisted Mike Babcock on the Red Wings bench during the 2011-2012 season.  He has spent the last three seasons as the coach of their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.  He even won a Calder Cup with the Griffins in his first season on the bench.

Blashill has been the heir apparent to Babcock for the last year.  The Red Wings gave him a new contract with a raise in pay in order to block him from interviewing for other NHL coaching vacancies.

Stay tuned to Northern Michigan’s Sports Leader on air and online for more coverage Tuesday.