Mar. 25, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock looks on during the first period against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings Hire Two Assistant Coaches

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer to work under Mike Babcock next season.

From the Detroit Red Wings Press Release:

Hiller, 45, joins the organization after 11 years in the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League, most recently as head coach of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans from 2009-14. In 360 regular-season games behind the Americans bench, Hiller compiled a 210-124-11-15 record, helping the team to four playoff berths, two U.S. Division titles and an appearance in the WHL Finals in 2010. In 2011-12, Hiller was honored as the WHL’s Coach of the Year and won the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award as the top coach in the Canadian Hockey League after leading Tri-City to a 50-18-2-2 record. The Port Alberni, British Columbia, native spent two years as an assistant coach in Tri-City (2002-04) before his first head coaching job with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs in 2005-06. Hiller compiled a 43-12-2 record in his lone season with Alberni Valley before spending the next three seasons with the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins.

Brewer joins the Red Wings after spending three years with Hockey Canada, serving as the organization’s video coach for various international events, most recently working with Mike Babcock for Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Since joining the organization in 2011, Brewer has served on Canada’s coaching staff for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Championships and World Junior Championships, along with other Hockey Canada events including the Canada-Russia Challenge, CHL Subway Series, Deutschland Cup and World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Before his time with Hockey Canada, Brewer spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of New Brunswick, helping the club win the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s University Cup as national champions in 2009 and 2011.

Jim Hiller is the other piece of the puzzle on the Detroit Red Wings bench, while Andrew Brewer will fill the vacant Video Coordinator position.

Jim Hiler will take over the offensive duties in Detroit, which will leave Granato to handle the defense and special teams and both coaches are on one-year deals that mirror Mike Babcock’s current contract.

Andrew Brewer worked for Hockey Canada and spent time with Mike Babcock throughout the three years he was there and with him moving over to the Detroit Red Wings it should foster a good relationship.

The Detroit Red Wings had previously hired Tony Granato to be an assistant next season and now it looks as if the vacant positions opened by the departures of associate coach Tom Renney, assistant coach Bill Peters and video coordinator Keith McKittrick – who left Detroit to become an assistant coach with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks – are all filled.

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