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Jeff Blashill - June 2015

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A Ferris State University men's ice hockey alum and former assistant coach has been tabbed as the first-ever Michigan native or American to lead the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings as one of hockey's "Original Six" franchises officially named Jeff Blashill as head coach on Tuesday, June 9.

Blashill, who has guided the Red Wings' top affiliate in the Grand Rapids Griffins for the past three seasons, becomes the second-youngest NHL head coach at 41 years of age and replaces former head coach Mike Babcock, who departed to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Born in Southfield and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Blashill was a goaltender at FSU from 1994-98 and began his coaching career as an assistant under current Bulldog head coach Bob Daniels after graduating from Ferris State with a degree in finance.

"We're all very proud of Jeff's accomplishments and it's a tremendous opportunity for him," said Daniels. "I know Jeff wanted to be an NHL coach, and to be afforded this chance at that level with a class organization from our own state in the Detroit Red Wings is outstanding."

Read the full story on the Ferris Athletics website.