Jeff Blashill had one year remaining on his current contract and the three-year extension means he will be with the organization through the 2016-17 season.
Blashill was signed to a four-year contract in 2011 after spending one year coaching the Western Michigan Broncos in the CCHA and became an assistant coach to Mike Babcock.
In the 2012 off-season, Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings decided having him as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins would be a better fit and he went on to lead the Griffins to their first Calder Cup victory.
This year was not as successful for the Griffins, but the Red Wings’ affiliate did not miss a beat after seeing player after player being called-up to the NHL due to injuries. Due to Blashill’s work behind the bench to keep his team competitive during the season he was named the AHL Coach of the Year.
The Detroit Red Wings did not allow teams to take with him about NHL coaching vacancies after the Grand Rapids Griffins were eliminated from the AHL Playoffs by the Texas Stars, which meant the Red Wings were looking to keep him in the organization.
“I’m thrilled to be able to remain with the Griffins,” said Blashill. “Both the Red Wings and Griffins are top-notch organizations filled with talented people that I enjoy working with. My family loves it here, and I’m happy to be able to continue to call Grand Rapids home. The AHL is a very challenging league, and we have a great group of young players and veteran leaders. I’m looking forward to being able to continue to work with them.”
Jeff Blashill will remain as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins for the foreseeable future, but he will be an NHL coach before his new three-year contract extension is over and he could be the heir apparent to Mike Babcock in Detroit.